2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC45
Submitter : Mr. James Ferguson Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:28
Organization : Mr. James Ferguson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Gluten-free should mean that no gluten containing ingredients should be in the food, because even a tiny amount of gluten can make me sick.
I use a book I have to identify foods that do not contain gluten, but this is a risky way to do it because things change all the time, and unless the food has been tested recently, I don't know if it truly is okay or not. Very few foods are marked gluten- free now. Some say wheat-free, but I don't know if I can trust that or not, as gluten can be found in other foods also.
Gluten-free on the lable definitely influences my decision to purchase foods, as then I feel confident that the food won't poison me.
Therefore, I would be in favor of the FDA regulating labels and requiring Gluten-free put on all labels of foods that have more than one ingredient added to them. It is obvious that things such as cuts of meat, and fresh vegetables and fruits don't need labels. As it is, I am afraid to eat anything that has many ingredients because of the unknown factor of what's in it, and how it was manufactured. If the product has been made in a factory where other gluten containing products are made, then it isn't safe for me to eat it.
Thank you for my chance to express my views.