2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC621
Submitter : Mrs. April Wysatta Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:07
Organization : Mrs. April Wysatta
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Food items manufactured should state if they are gluten free. Meaning the item is free of wheat, rye, barley and any other ingredient that contains gluten. I spend several hours a week researching ingredients and have to look up almost every ingredient on one item of food to see if it can be okay for my daughter to eat. I have only found two items at the grocery store marked gluten free and that is Hormels pepperoni and boars head frankfurters. Otherwise I have to go to a health food store and shop purchase foods specifically manufactured for people who require a gluten free diet. It would be easier to decide what products to buy if they are marked gluten free. If I had to choose between 2 products with the same ingredients and only one was marked gluten free, I would buy the product marked gluten free because I wouldn't have to spend the time looking up each ingredient to see if my daughter could eat it or not. I would consider a two or more level of definition on a product. At least I would be able to know if it did or did not contain traces gluten items.
It is very frustrating to have to go through all this research to be able to feed my daughter who was diagnosed at twelve months old. If the food manufaturers would print that the item is gluten free or is not gluten free or contains small amount of whatever product that contains gluten, it would make my life a whole lot easier and less stressful. If they can print items are heart healthy or help lower cholestrol they can mark gluten free or not gluten free on the products.