2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1214
Submitter : Mrs. Catherine Robertson Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:08
Organization : Mrs. Catherine Robertson
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
Dear FDA:

I want to encourage you to adopt a regulation on the use of "gluten-free" on product labels for products that contain naturally gluten-free ingredients. The formal adoption of existing regulations will allow for the continued importation of excellent, safe European products that are labeled "gluten-free."

Please ..... do not adopt a "zero tolerance" regulation in this matter because doing so will cause many gluten-free food companies to discontinue their use of the term "gluten-free" on their labels out of fear of litigation--which is counterproductive for all people with this disease (most, if not all, gluten-free food companies do not grow, transport or mill the gluten-free grains that they use as ingredients--a fact that will make them vulnerable to litigation if a zero tolerance level is adopted).

We need your attention on this matter and I pray you will pay attentionto my plea.

Thank you,

Catherine Robertson, BSN, RNC, CPHRM