2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1055
Submitter : Ms. RENAE HERMAN Date & Time: 09/20/2005 03:09:53
Organization : Ms. RENAE HERMAN
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Last September, my son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a condition where the body cannot tolerate any gluten. When the doctort explained to me what to expect and how to read ingredent labels for anything that included gluten, I felt overwhelmed. Sometimes, a product that appeared to be safe for his consumption was causing him pain. As a mother, this was unacceptable to me and I felt entirely responsible for his discomfort. Overnights with friends or family virtually stopped.

Since the allergian label has been introduced on the market, it is much easier for me to identify those products which contain gluten. I have educated my son and most of my family members with which foods he should and should not eat. The label only gives me a sense of security.

I want to take this time to thank all the individuals who fought to get this law passed. I would also like to mention how grateful I am.

Again, Thank You.

Renae L. Herman
RR 1 Box 39
Ulster Pa 18850