2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC801
Submitter : Mrs. Ann Newman Date & Time: 09/13/2005 07:09:18
Organization : Mrs. Ann Newman
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 2 years ago. Being a mother of two has made this a difficult transition. Not only planning menus but shopping become a very time intensive and expensive task. My suggestions for helping this process are:
1. Labeling. If it says gluten free it should have absolutely no gluten. Many celiacs cannot tolerate any trace of wheat, barly, oats or rye. A level system for labeling would be helpful as well. My husband who does most of our shopping does not always know everything he has to look for when he reads the labels.
2. By making products easier to identify as gluten free would also expedite grocery shopping. I spend a great deal of time reading labels which is not always feasible when children are in tow.
3. The only foods that I have found that are labeled gluten-free have been those in the health food stores. These are usually very expensive and mean an extra trip for groceries.
4. Having "gluten-free" on the label definitly influences my decision. However, without the FDAs influence I can't always trust that these products are completely gluten free.
I would appreciate your consideration in this matter.