2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1368
Submitter : Mrs. Ann Fisher Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:37
Organization : Mrs. Ann Fisher
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I am an 81 yr. old grandmother who was diagnosed 5 yrs ago with celiac disease. Three years ago I also received 2 artifical heart valves. I spend a lot of time when I go grocery shopping JUST reading product labels.
To me 'Gluten Free' should mean just what it says -- free from all wheat, oats, barley & rye. It should mean that those with this allergy should be able to use, with full confidence, items that are so marked. I have to order many things from a 'gluten free' manufacturer. Even soups & broths that you would expect to be free & clear are not - most have wheat flour! When you do find items not labeled 'gluten free' that appear okay for you, you have to be constantly checking in case the ingredients have been changed.
When products are marked 'gluten free' I can usually rely that they will not cause me harm. It also makes my life much easier. In todays market you have to be a chemist to begin to understand what is in most packaged products. To be sure an item is free of all gluten is to either spend time reading all the ingredients of each product or mark it 'gluten free'

Thank you for your consideration.