2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1178
Submitter : Mrs. Natalie Piatt Date & Time: 09/20/2005 04:09:47
Organization : Mrs. Natalie Piatt
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue two weeks ago. Per my doctor, I need to be 100% gluten-free. This being a new disease to me, I offer the following comments:

1. Gluten-free on a food label should mean 100% gluten-free, period. I have seen products that reflect "gluten-free" followed by an asterisk. Below it will state that the product may be contaminated by other products produced in the same environment. To me, that product does not qualify as being "gluten-free".

2. In just a short period of time, I have spent several hours trying to educate myself with regard to reading labels. It takes time and patience to do so. When I find a product that is accurately marked "gluten-free", I make a note of it. I am much more likely to buy something that is 100% gluten-free than to second guess other potentially "hazardous to my health" ingredients. Those that I'm not 100% sure about, I don't buy.

3. Very few foods are marked "gluten-free" when compared to all other foods available in grocery stores. This is very frustrating and disheartening for the Celiac patient.

4. "Gluten-free" product labels definitely influence my decision to buy a particular product. If I can put my mind at ease that what I'm purchasing doesn't contain any gluten whatsoever, I'm much more likely to purchase that product.