2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC653
Submitter : Ms. Lisa Morris Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:59
Organization : Ms. Lisa Morris
Category : Federal Government
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Having a child with Celiacs Disease, I strongly believe you adopt a regulation on the use of "gluten free" product labels that is in the line with that which has been used in Europe and other countries. 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 counter productive for all people with this disease (most if not all, gluten-free food companies do not grow, transport, or mill the gluten-free grains that they use as ingredients, a fact that will make them vulnerable to litigation if a zero tolerance level is adopted). Last, the inclusion of trace levels of gluten in the diets of those with celiac disease have been shown to be safe in many scientific, studies, for more details please see:
http//www.celiac.com/st_main.html?p_catid=15
Thank you,
Lisa Morris, Crofton, MD