2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC57
Submitter : Mrs. Mary Ellen Kolibsky Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:38
Organization : Mrs. Mary Ellen Kolibsky
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Subject:FDA Docket # 2005N-0279
Gluten free on a food label should mean just that. The company certifies that there isn't a trace of gluten in any ingredient used to create the finished product. Currently I identify foods that do not contain gluten in the following ways: Reading labels and calling companies. Since diagnosis, I spend hours researching foods I can safely eat and that doesn't include trying to eat in restaurants. Large chains are incredibly ignorant of what they sell. Small restaurants rely on poor to non-existent product labeling. I rely on product labeling of 'gluten free' to purchase bread, cereal, cookies, pasta, soup, and salad dressing. Having a gluten free label on the packaging assures me that there are no hidden sources of gluten in the infamous modified food starch and natural flavor ingredients. All things being equal I will purchase the products labeled 'gluten free' 100% of the time. I do NOT buy products that are questionable.