2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC108
Submitter : Ms. Tammy Kochel Date & Time: 08/19/2005 09:08:33
Organization : Ms. Tammy Kochel
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I have celiac disease and as a result, I have a very difficult time shopping in a standard grocery store. I know that certain manufacturers (e.g., Kraft) have pledged that if an item contains gluten, it will clearly state the source--wheat, rye, barley--on the label. I feel completely safe purchasing these items. Otherwise I either pay three times more for items certified "gluten-free" at the health food store or online, or take a slight risk and use the lists of items circulated among the celiac community stating the results of various individual's efforts to contact the manufacturors to determine if an item is gluten free. Unfortunately, while these lists are very useful, because the manufacturors change suppliers and ingredients frequently, the lists become outdated almost immediately and so are risky to use. Unless the gluten status of an item is clearly marked on the label, a celiac sufferer takes a risk. I probably buy only 5% of items that are currently marked gluten-free, not because I want to take the risk, but because so few companies are willing to check and certify their gluten status. I very much anticipate the chance to eat freely again when manufacturors are required to clearly state the actual ingredients, including any containing wheat, rye, barley and oats. Thanks for your consideration. Tammy