2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1355
Submitter : Mrs. Shirley Koester Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:17
Organization : North Country Celiac Support Group
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I am writing as an individual, but also serve as president of our support group. In our area of New York State, there are many who fall below the poverty line. Buying expensive, gluten free foods from special companies is not possible for this segment of the population.

If a "gluten free" designation is added to all commercial food products, this would be of great help to this group of celiacs, enabling them to follow this medically necessary diet.

I personally, do not buy any foods, which I have not checked out with the companies, and encourage all who attend our meetings to do likewise. Taking a further step, I encourage them to call 5 companies, weekly, to ask about their products and manufacture of foodstuffs they are interested in or pre-diagnosis, used.

The addition of a "gluten free" designation would be of great help to those of us on this medically necessary diet. The period of adjustment, depending on the resources and abilities, for newly diagnosed celiacs, seems to be anywhere from 6 monthes to a year or more, in part due to the difficulty in finding gluten free products. The difficulty is vastly increased for those on limited income.