|2005N-0279||Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC913|
|Submitter :||Mr. Mark McMullen||Date & Time:||09/14/2005 05:09:22|
|Organization :||Mr. Mark McMullen|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| Both my father and I have celiac disease and we cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat. Because of the highly pervasive use of wheat and wheat products in the food industry, shopping for gluten-free foods is a difficult and time consuming process.
I am single and usually buy food only for myself. I have a four page list of items I cannot ingest that I take with me when grocery shopping. I literally have to compare the ingredients on the groceries I buy with that list every time I shop. The process usually take between an hour-and-a- half and two hours in the store to buy one week's worth of groceries. I am the guy you are stuck behind in the grocery store aisles who is reading every single lable on every single item he purchases.
An indication on the lable that a food is gluten-free would greatly improve the lives of those of us who have celiac disease. I urge you to pass regulations defining "glute-free" and adopting rules for its voluntary use by manufacturers.
Mark R. McMullen
4475 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541