2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC510
Submitter : Dr. Kathryn Hilgenkamp Date & Time: 09/09/2005 06:09:55
Organization : Dr. Kathryn Hilgenkamp
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I have been diagnosed with celiac disease and have found it extremely difficult to find foods that are labelled glutin-free. Sometimes they are labelled wheat-free, but this does not indicate glutin-free. Products especially troublesome are those used in salad dressings, condiments, sauces, cookies, candy bars, spices, and baked goods. I have been sick more times than I have been well because of the "hidden glutin". I sympathize with anyone who has a food allergy (nuts, shellfish, lactose, etc.). Restaurants also have a difficult time knowing whether their foods are glutin-free, because they assume the products they use do not have glutin in them. Please find a way to label all foods so that those with allergies do not spend more time being sick and spending more money on medical bills simply because they can not predict what is in the food they are eating. Food labels change because product ingredients change. Labels should reflect the changes and should be visible to anyone, not just those who are looking for them. They should also be readable for senior adults. Thank you for your consideration and interest in food safety for all.