2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1047
Submitter : Mrs. Rebecca Elston Date & Time: 09/20/2005 03:09:47
Organization : Mrs. Rebecca Elston
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
It is imperative that labels say whether they are gluten free or not. My son has Celiac Disease, and CANNOT eat anything having to do with wheat, oats, barley, or rye, because it will kill the villi in his intestines. By having a gluten free diet, he is much less likely to have cancers of different types later on in life. He is also in puberty, and by eating gluten, he does not get the nutrition that he needs, and therefore DOES NOT grow. This leads to all kinds of problems, including getting bullied for his size.....right now he is about a foot shorter that everyone his age, because he was not diagnosed with the disease until he was 11 years old. By making labels that clearly state whether or not they are gluten free, it will be much easier for us, and him in the future, to be able to buy the foods that will not pose serious health risks for him. Right now, the only way to know for sure is to call each company separately, and hope that they have the information. And since the manufacturers continue to change the ingredients in their products, it means calling them every time we go to buy the same product. There needs to be oversight on this health problem!!! PLEASE make it possible for those with these problems to be able to buy food, and feel safe doing it!!!