2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1464
Submitter : Ms. Leslie Sachlis Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:17
Organization : Ms. Leslie Sachlis
Category : Federal Government
Issue Areas/Comments
It is imperative that all items that I consume be gluten free. I purchase very few items that are labeled 'gluten free'. The reason for that is that many that are labeled gluten free contain enough gluten to sideline me for a week or more. The label 'gluten free' needs to mean that that item and anything used to produce it does not contain, has had no contact with or been contaminated by anying that contains wheat, rye, barley, or oats or anything derived from those grains. This is a point of information that is sometimes difficult to obtain. The 'gluten free' label on an item means that the next step is to contact the company listed on the label. If the company produces the item in a gluten free environment and/or does post production testing of the product, I usually try it. This is also when I find out if the product contains other items that I have developed a sensitivity to due to 'leaky gut'(a symptom of Celiac Disease). There are companies that explain that the answers to my questions are proprietary inforemation. I thank them and do not purchase their product. My prayer for this legislation is for companies to be required to list all ingredients, components, etc. included or that could have come in contact with a product(food, pharmancy or cosmetic - anything that comes in contact with the lips should be included), so that those individuals can make informed decisions about something that greatly affects their health on a daily basis. Without this information the health care industry tends to look on a patient as one that does not strive to follow their diet regimen. You can try and fail miserably as it stands now because the information is just not there. The affect can be devastating. Loss of health insurance, job, and ablility to function in a 'normal' life is a very real possibility. The need is there. I pray that you respond to it with this labeling legislation. The pharse 'you are what you eat' takes on new and important meaning to those who deal with food sensitivities of any kind. It literally dictates your quality of life. If you successfully avoid what your body will not tolerate, life is good. If you do not, life comes to a screeching halt, and more health problems follow. Thank-you for this opportunity to write about this important issue.