2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1163
Submitter : Mrs. Kathy Smith Date & Time: 09/20/2005 04:09:35
Organization : Mrs. Kathy Smith
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease. I am overwhelmed with the difficulties of this diet and related health issues. Precise labeling of foods and ingredients is a life-saving necessity for the many of us with this disease. Although a 'zero-tolerance' regulation would be ideal, it is impossible for food manufacturers to accurately test and meet. And, although I strive to ingest absolutely no gluten, according to the Codex Alimentarius, trace levels are acceptable and often unavoidable.
I urge you to adopt regulations that are possible to be tested for: 20 PPM for naturally gluten-free, and 200 PPM for those that have been rendered gluten-free. I also urge that the label specify which of those levels are being met.
I also request that all ingredients and the source of their derivatives be included in the labeling or be available to customers at their request.