Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0319 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Health and Diet Survey
Comment Number: EC -5

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Barbara Lovelis Date/Time 2001-08-23 02:16:29
Organization Mother
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions? Will the information have practical utility? In order to base a decision of the finished product one must evaluate the contents of such a product. Only by knowing each and every part of the contents can one make a proper decision on the sum of those parts. The practicality of it all comes for the consumer who needs the information to base his or her decision to purchase.
3. What are ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? I again state that information should be available in it's entirity. It is the ONLY WAY consumers can make an informed decision on the purchase of that product.
4. What are ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology? The burden of collection should be solely on the manufacturer. They are the one that wants to sell the product, aren't they? If consumers have the information they need they will be able to purchase that item. With automated systems I fear a generic label (may contain this or that). That doesn't always help, although I understand bottom line profit dollars do determine policy.
5. General Comments I cannot begin to explain to you the amount of time it takes to become informed when purchasing food products for someone with allergies. The Label is ALL I have to go by. That goes for wholesale labels as well, when I choose to go out to eat. It is painfully tedious at best. I was angered by the loop hole of Natural Flavors which could include anything of natural origin. Or so I am told. What a cop out on the part of manufacturers to not inform us of what we are consuming. One manufacturer went so far as to tell me that they would not give the information I needed when I spoke to their consumer affairs dept. to find out whether their product contained any of the list of foods I am allergic too. Coca-Cola was so uncooperative with me I swore not to purchase any of their items. Most companies are pretty good and running down the list of questions I have for them if I need to call because of vague labeling. It would certainly make my life much easier to have labels printed on the product that gave me specific information as to the ingredients of that item. I have spent HOURS reading labels and countless headaches in restaraunts trying to find out what is in my food. I am the consumer, I am disgusted with the lack of concern for the individual that our country seems to have at this time. Do we need to grow our own food to make sure we know what is in it? Do we need to grow our own food so I will know it is safe to eat? I hope not, I am working member of this society and frankly I'm not sure I have the time to raise all my own food. I hope you can help. Sincerely Barbara Lovelis

EC -5