2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1147
Submitter : Mrs. Diane Stetter Date & Time: 09/20/2005 04:09:50
Organization : Celiac Sprue Association
Category : Food Association
Issue Areas/Comments
I am writing in response to an invitation by CSA/USA to address certain questions pertaining to product labeling, specifically noting "Gluten- Free" on packaging. 1. Gluten-free on a food label indicates to me that I am able to purchase and consume with relative freedom from worry about whether I will have an allergic reaction to the item. It means there is no wheat, rye, bran, barley, oats in the product, production or processing to the item. 2. I identify foods that do not contain gluten by the labeling, researching and/or calling the company that makes the product. Label reading is a very important part of control of this disease and I spend an extra 1 to 2 hrs shopping. 3. I purchase gluten-free breads and pastries,pasta,crackers and baking mixes that are labeled gluten-free,also,chips,pretzels,cookies,soy sauce,salsa,and baking products. 70%of my purchases are labeled gluten-free or I don't purchase. 4. Gluten-free printed on a product label definitely influences my purchase of the product, otherwise I cannot purchase it. I feel safer knowing that the manufacturer can determine product safety, rather that my own instincts. Ingredient labeling is so vague, we are unable to identify natural and artificial ingredients, which oils are used or whether wheat is used on the processing lines as a means to clean-up.