2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1486
Submitter : Mrs. Mary Walsh Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:58
Organization : Mrs. Mary Walsh
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
This is regarding Docket #2005-N-0279
Thank you for letting us respond to Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods.
I am a 67 1/2 yr female that was diagnosed

with Celiac Disease 10 months ago. My doctor who specializes in gastroeterology, actually saved my life by my diagnois and teaching me which foods contain gluten.
Going to the food market was no longer pleasant and satisfying. I have spent so much time reading labels and trying to understand what really is in the product, such as natural flavors, articifial flavors or artifical colors.
I think the company of the manufacturer or the company putting the final product together for sale should be aware and reponsible to know exactly what their supplier passes on to them,as if there any gluten or possible cross contamination of their product that they are selling to the manufacturer or company.
I would like to have oats listed in the allergens. It can contain an asterick by it. All of us that are allergic to gluten can not have any oats because of the way it is processed. When oats is harvested by the farmer it is often put into grain bins or elevators that were just occupied by wheat, barley or rye. Oats also is processed right along with the other grains that do contain gluten. It would help a great deal to spot oats that otherwise is often deep within the ingredient label and making it so hard to locate.
Also if an american company makes or package a product that includes ingredients from another country like Canada, Mexico or any foreign country, this american company must know if the ingredients are allergen free or if cross contamination has occurred. This would assure

the consumer that all the ingredients are verified for all allergens.

Again, thank you for the opportunity of voicing my concerns. I am looking forward to the new labeling.
Mary Walsh
2442 Wayanotte Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526