2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC603
Submitter : Ms. DEE BAERTSCH Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:12
Organization : Ms. DEE BAERTSCH
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
DEAR FDA;
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ADOPT A REGULATION ON THE USE OF "GLUTEN FREE" ON PRODUCT LABELS THAT IS IN LINE WITH THAT WHICH HAS BEEN USED IN EUROPE & OTHER COUNTIRES FOR MANY YEARS-20 PPM FOR PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN NATURALLY GLUTEN-FREE INGREDIENTS AND 200 PPM FOR PRODUCTS THAT HAVE BENE RENDERED GLUTEN-FREE SUCH AS THOSE THAT MAY CONTAIN CODEX ALIMENTARIUS QUALITY WHEAT STARCH. THE FORMAL ADOPTION OF THESE EXISTING REGULATIONS WILL ALLOW FOR THE CONTINUED IMPORTATION OF EXCELLENT, SAFE EUROPEAN PRODUCTS THAT ARE LABELED "GLUTEN FREE". IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT ADOPT A "ZERO TOLERANCE" REGULATION IN THIS MATTER BECAUSE DOING SO WILL CAUSE MANY GLUTEN-FREE FOOD COMPANIES TO DISCONTINUE THEIR USE OF THE TERM "GLUTEN FREE" ON THEIR LABELS OUT OF FEAR OF LITIGATION-WHICH IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR ALL PEOPLE WITH THIS DISEASE.
THANK YOU.
DEE BAERTSCH