2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC5
Submitter : Ms. Susan Sheehan Date & Time: 07/29/2005 11:07:22
Organization : Ms. Susan Sheehan
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I just wanted to stress the importance of required labeling for gluten free. As I'm sure you know, every 1 in 133 people in the United States has Celiac disease, not to mention other froms of gluten sensitivity. As a Celiac I know first hand how difficult it is to decipher products in the grocery store. Gluten is often hidden, called modified veggie protein or veggie starch, you have to be a dectective to figure it out. And with many products there is no obvious gluten in it, say various potato chips (potatoes, oil, salt) and yet when you call the company they tell you, "don't eat them they have gluten from cross contamination. So reading labels just doesn't work. Every single product I buy I have to call or write to the company. It really makes eating difficult.

I'm sure most would like the gluten standard to be very low or non existant, I'm not a scientist so I can't really comment on that but I really want a standard set and products labeled.

Thanks for your time.

Susan Sheehan
Cape Cod, MA