2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1375
Submitter : Mrs. Wendy Pugh Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:00
Organization : Mrs. Wendy Pugh
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
To support the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act and assist in defining Gluten-Free please see my comments below.
1. Gluten-free on a food label should mean the product does not contain any source of gluten and has not been contaminated with gluten through other means. All derivatives of ingredients should be revealed.
2. Today I read every ingredient on every food product. When in question with things such as modified food starch or natural flavorings I have to contact the manufacturer. This clearly takes time and is inconvenient. Many time I have to forego the product since verifying can not always be immediately accomplished.
3. I spend extra dollars on items that are marked gluten-free because I can feel confident the product will not make my daughter sick. There may be other less expensive gluten-free product on the market, however, if they are not labeled as such, I am not aware of all of them. Very few products are marked gluten-free. Most of what I buy I have to go to a specialty store for.
4. I will not buy any product for my daughter without confidence it is gluten-free. Gluten can be hidden in many ingredients and if in question I will not take the risk. Proper labeling is essential.