2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1435
Submitter : Ms. Elizabeth Garber Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:56
Organization : Ms. Elizabeth Garber
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
As someone with a gluten intolerance, I would like to comment. The label of "gluten free" should mean there is not even a trace element in the product because trace elements add up, and I need to know how many trace elements I'm getting. A better alternative is to have 3 levels of gluten free products: no trace, negligible trace, and slightly more trace elements of gluten. I identify gluten free foods by reading the ingredients, but some ingredients may or may not have gluten in them (e.g. annatto, diglycerides), so a "gluten-free" label greatly influences my decision to purchase a product. Unfortunately, there are very few products which are labeled gluten free, and of these, I am unsure of how much trace gluten I am consuming.