|2005N-0279||Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC909|
|Submitter :||Ms. Dawn Guthmiller||Date & Time:||09/14/2005 05:09:44|
|Organization :||Ms. Dawn Guthmiller|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| Docket # 2005N-0279
1) What should ?gluten-free? mean on a food label? Why?
Gluten-free on a food label should mean that the food meets the requirements set to be qualified as gluten free (<?x? ppm). A food that does not meet these criteria but is labeled gluten free can be consumed by someone with Celiac disease and they can suffer ill affects from it. If a food item is labeled ?gluten-free? I do not even check the ingredients. Low gluten and gluten-free are very different for someone suffering with Celiac disease.
2) How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten? Time spent identifying foods?
I identify foods that contain gluten by reading the product labels. I also have contacted different grocery stores, restaurants, and food suppliers (Kraft, Coke, General Mills, etc.) and asked them if they have a list of their gluten-free products. I spend 3-4 hours each week reviewing labels and contacting companies to see if their product is gluten-free. My biggest frustration is with the questionable items. If a product says Modified Food Starch and I don?t know what kind of starch it is, I will simply not buy it. If it is specific to say Modified Corn Starch, I am very grateful and buy the product.
3) What percentage of foods and which types purchased are marked ?gluten-free??
A very small percentage of foods that I purchase are marked gluten free ? less than 5%. They types of foods that are marked gluten free are health foods that I obtain in the specialty section of the grocery store or at a health food store.
4) Does ?gluten-free? printed on a product label influence your decision to purchase products having the same ingredients? To what extent?
If two products are on a shelf with the same ingredients and one says gluten-free, I will purchase the gluten-free product. Gluten-free printed on a product label will strongly influence my decision to purchase that product.
5) Would you consider a two or more level definition of gluten-free helpful?
No ? I want to know if a product is gluten-free or not. If it is not, I will not purchase it.