2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC624
Submitter : Mr. Joel Green Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:27
Organization : Mr. Joel Green
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Re: Docket #2005N-0279

"Gluten-free" printed on a food label should mean that there is absolutely NO gluten from Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats or any of their derivatives.

A two or more level definition of gluten free would be very helpful as long as one of the definitions meant "absolutely NO gluten from Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats or any of their derivatives."

Approximately 1 out of every 133 people NEED to totally eliminate the gluten from Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats and any of their derivatives from their diets due to celiac disease, and many more NEED to eliminate the same from their diets due to a chronic skin condition called dermatitis herpetiformis. This is very difficult to do with vague food labeling.

Please do what you can to help make completely eliminating these foods from a persons diet easier. Thank you for your consideration.

Joel Green