2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1217
Submitter : Mrs. Kisha Hollifield Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:55
Organization : Mrs. Kisha Hollifield
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
My daughter Hannah is 5 years old and has Celiac Disease. When we go into unfamiliar territory on vacation, field trip or just school parties we are sometimes unsure of what Hannah will be able to eat. There are the obvious ones like cookies, etc... But yogurt, chips, deli meats, the list goes on and on, are not clearly marked and could be detrimental to her health. Medicines that she may be prescribed are't clearly marked. I usually call to check on whether or not someting is safe but not all companies are open past 4:00 p.m. and not on the weekends at all. If things were clearly labeled there wouldn't be confusion and the risks of eating something with gluten would be gone. When we have a sitter come how are they to know of something is free of wheat if it isn't clearly marked. Not only does Hannah have gastrointestinal problems if she consumes gluten, her skin is also affected. If she ingestsit or applies it topically in some form( lotion,shampoo,soap) she develops severe eczema. Clearly marking all of foods, medicines, toiletries would be a blessing to our family and most of all Hannah Grace.

Thank you for your time,
Kisha Hollifield
4802 Bookelia Circle
Bradenton,Florida 34203