2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1371
Submitter : Ms. Nancy Dorfman Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:12
Organization : Ms. Nancy Dorfman
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
As the mother of a celiac child, the label "gluten-free" gives me confidence that, when comparing two products with apparently the same ingredients, I can choose one that will be safe for my child. Often there are "mystery" ingredients (i.e. modified food starch) that I can not deem safe unless I call the product manufacturer and then only if they guarantee that the source of the ingredient is always from a gluten-free source. I spend a huge amount of time reading labels in the supermarket, without (in the absence of GF labeling) feeling 100% confident that the food I am purchasing for my daughter is safe. One of our local supermarket chains, Wegman's, has begun voluntary GF labeling some of their store brand products. This makes shopping so much easier and reassures me that I am not inadvertently feeding my daughter foods that may make her ill. Likewise, there are many products I do not purchase because (in the absence of GF labeling) I can not determine with confidence if they are safe to feed my daughter.
I urge the FDA to not only set standards for and encourage voluntary labeling, but in the future, to consider mandatory labeling of foods that contain gluten.