2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1174
Submitter : Mrs. Sharon Anton Date & Time: 09/20/2005 04:09:07
Organization : Mrs. Sharon Anton
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I have celiac sprue and find buying food in a regular grocery store very difficult. I have been a diagnoised celiac for over 25 years and feel that we deserve to have products labeled 'gluten-free' this is for our healths sake.
1. On food labels 'gluten-free' should mean exactly that. There should be NO gluten in the product hidden or otherwise. It is a difficult diet to follow and not knowing what is in a product causes a celiac to eat food and then become ill.
2. I read the labels on food and try to decifer the added ingredients to be sure that the food that I eat does not contain gluten. It takes an awful long time to read the labels that are now on food because of the small print and the list of ingredients that are not identified.
3. In the regular grocery store there are very few products that are marked gluten-free. You must read labels and hope that what you read is correct. Some food purchased at a health food store are maked gluten-free. In most health food stores the gluten-free foods are possibly 10 to 15 per cent of the stock in the store.
4. Products marked 'gluten-free' definitely influence my purchaseing the product because if it is marked 'gluten-free' I believe there will not be any hidden gluten in the product. I will purchase mrked 'gluten-free' products l00% of the time over a product with the same ingredients because it will save me much time and hopefully keep me healthy.