2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1102
Submitter : Mrs. Celeste Callahan Date & Time: 09/20/2005 03:09:36
Organization : Attorney
Category : Other Organization
Issue Areas/Comments
My name is Celeste Tito Callahan. I am an attorney for a large company in Auburn Hills MI, and I have done extensive work with reviewing, advising, participating in study groups for and editing proposed statutes. I am writing for two reasons. First, I would like to volunteer my assistance in reviewing draft lagislation on this issue. Second, I would like to discuss the possibility of having a 2-tiered approach to labeling: one level, as suggested by Celiac.com, which acknowledges the European approach to tolerate trace gluten levels, and a second tier that will provide information to those who must follow a zero-tolerance gluten-free diet, so that they can decide whether to accept the risk. Appropriate disclaimers can be included to protect the manufacturer, distributor or retailer in these cases.
I am passionate about this because a) I believe it can be done to protect both important commerical interests and imporant health interests; and b)I have the legal skills and experience to help draft such legislation with appropriate health professional support. I also have first hand experience with the needs of a zero-tolerance gluten-free diet.
I want to help in whatever way you believe I can assist in the legislative process, whether or not a 2-tiered approach turns out to be a viable option. Please contact me by email at ctc5@dcx.com or at 248 512 3940. Thank you.
Celeste T. Callahan