2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC892
Submitter : Ms. ELAINE SPANOS Date & Time: 09/14/2005 05:09:02
Organization : Ms. ELAINE SPANOS
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
My daughter has Celiac Disease.

We do not buy processed foods unless we are certain they do not contain any wheat, barley, oats or rye or any of their derivatives. It is unfortunately rare to find packaging marked with respect to whether the food is 'gluten-free', let alone to determine, if it is so marked, what this really means: is the food completely without any trace of wheat,barley, oats and rye, or are there trace amounts. Unless certain, we do not buy and it makes meal preparation very time consuming as we will always cook with fresh ingredients.

IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO HAVE LABELING INDICATE WHETHER A FOOD IS COMPLETELY GLUTEN-FREE (DEFINED TO MEAN NO WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS OR RYE) OR WHETHER IT HAS TRACE AMOUNTS (AND TO KNOW HOW 'TRACE' IS DEFINED.

WE URGE THE FDA TO ESTABLISH CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS LABELING.

Thank you very much for your consideration of my comments.

Very truly yours,

Elaine Spanos