2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1291
Submitter : Ms. Alice Messing Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:18
Organization : Ms. Alice Messing
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Docket: 2005N-0279
I am in favor of a strict definition of gluten-free for labeling products. To me, a product is gluten-free only if it contains absolutely no gluten (not even small or trace amounts), and is free of the possibility of cross-contamination from items containing gluten. Thus, a two-or-more level definition for labeling gluten-free products (i.e., level 1 contains no gluten, level 2 contains trace amounts, etc.) would not be useful, as I believe that if a product contains trace amounts, that product is not gluten-free. In addition, if machinery is used for gluten-containing products, and then the same machinery is used for making gluten-free items, a significant possibility of cross-contamination exists and the product should not be labeled gluten-free. The gluten-free label must also take into account "hidden" sources of gluten in foods, and products must not be labeled gluten-free if there are sources of gluten that are not obvious.