2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC127
Submitter : Mrs. Kathleen McEvoy Date & Time: 08/22/2005 01:08:07
Organization : Mrs. Kathleen McEvoy
Category : Food Association
Issue Areas/Comments
I just want to let you know how hard it is as a mother to understand the labeling and ingredients on packages. My son has Celiac and needs to be totally gluten free and it is very difficult for us to find items that are.
I spend countless hours just reading labels and trying to decipher whether or not it will make my son sick and does it really have gluten in it.

It is very important to me and my family to make it easier on us because we are the ones who can get very sick and can't eat whatever we choose. It would certainly make a difference on us buying products if they were clearly marked Gluten-Free.

It is also very important to help educate others that may come in contact with family members who have to be on this gluten-free diet. When you enforce the specifics with food allergies being listed on the labels, you are indeed making it a much better life for us to enjoy some things we are not sure of.
It can be very dangerous and sickly should you digest even a little bit of gluten. This is why it would benefit more people than you think by just taking the time to ensure they abide by the the steps to identifying gluten and then correctly making sure it makes it to the label.

Thank you for your time and listening to my comments.

Kathleen McEvoy