2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1247
Submitter : Mrs. Joanne Olson Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:49
Organization : Mrs. Joanne Olson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments

1) What should ?gluten-free? mean on a food label? Why?
Gluten Free to me means the product contains no Gluten.

2) How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten?
I Identify foods by reading the ingredient label, and calling the company for information, asking if the product is gluten free.
Time spent identifying foods?
I generally spend about 3 hours a week identifying foods. This process would be so much easier, if the companies were made to clearly mark there product ?Gluten Free?.

3) What percentage of foods and which types purchased are marked ?gluten-free??
Other than raw products approximately 75% of my foods are marked Gluten Free.

4) Does ?gluten-free? printed on a product label influence your decision to purchase products having the same ingredients? Yes!
To what extent? When given a choice I would buy the product that is clearly marked ?Gluten Free? ? This saves me time and money, on phone calls and other research.
5) Would you consider a two or more level definition of gluten-free helpful?
No! I would find this confusing.