2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC600
Submitter : Mrs. Ann Drake Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:46
Organization : Mrs. Ann Drake
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I have been a diagnosed celiac for more than 15 years. "Gluten-free" on a food label for me can only mean there is NO trace of gluten in the product. Both my husband and I scrutinize every food label to identify foods that do not contain gluten because we know that is the ONLY way I can safely live. We spend about 20% of every shopping trip checking labels, and go out of our way to shop in stores that carry products that are labeled gluten-free. The percentage of foods that we buy that are labeled "gluten-free" is small--about 15%--because this labeling is not common. When "gluten-free" is printed on a label, I am delighted, and often purchase. A "tiered" level of gluten-free labeling would be useless to me, because my physicians have told me that even a minute trace of gluten will compromise my health. ONLY foods with absolutely no trace of gluten are safe for me, and on the few occasions when I have inadvertently consumed gluten because a product did not list all ingredients, I have suffered for it. I appreciate the opportunity for input, because I trust the FDA to help to keep me safe on a diet that is, of medical necessity, very restricted.