2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC424
Submitter : Ms. Kimberly Steiner Date & Time: 09/09/2005 06:09:07
Organization : Ms. Kimberly Steiner
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
As a sufferer of celiac disease, I would like to encourage the adoption of sensible labeling guidelines for gluten-free foods. A proper labeling policy will make it easier for me to make food purchasing decisions.

We encourage you to adopt a regulation on the use of "gluten-free" on product labels that is in line with that which has been used in Europe and other countries (including the USA via the Codex Alimentarius) for many years--20 PPM for products that contain naturally gluten-free ingredients, and 200 PPM for products that have been rendered gluten-free such as those that may contain Codex Alimentarius quality wheat starch. The formal adoption of these existing regulations will allow for the continued importation of excellent, safe European products that are labeled "gluten-free."

It is very important that you do not adopt a "zero tolerance" regulation in this matter because doing so will cause many gluten-free food companies to discontinue their use of the term "gluten-free" on their labels out of fear of litigation--which is counterproductive for all people with this disease

Best Regards,
Kimberly Steiner