2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1500
Submitter : Mrs. Dorothy Driscoll Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:22
Organization : Mrs. Dorothy Driscoll
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I would like to comment on this issue of Gluten-Free labeling for my five year old daughter who has Celiac disease. Gluten-free should mean the product has NO wheat, rye, barley,and/or oats in any form. This will give those on a gluten-free diet a signal/symbol that the product is safe to eat. I have spent half my time reading labels while shopping only to be confused or not 100% sure it contains NO gluten to just put it back on the shelf because I will not risk the damage it can do to my daughter. I end up purchasing many specialty foods that say Gluten-free right on the label.
I buy 75% of only a small sampling of foods that are marked gluten-free. These products are specially made for this diet. There are so many 'regular' foods that are gluten-free, but the ingredients are not clear, so I avoid them, thus leaving things out of my daughters diet that she could have eaten. This is a big deal especially as she gets older and needs to make all these health choices for herself.
Gluten-free labeling would help me choose products, I believe Celiacs would have more choices and would also find products that they had thought had been safe and are not. 'Kelloggs Corn Pops' never had gluten, you had to call the company personally to find this out, but then they changed the product to contain gluten and never changed the box.
Thank you for helping celiacs find SAFE foods with a Gluten-free label without feeling like they are risking their health if they want to try a food and spending a huge amount of time reading, wondering, researching and calling about products only to still be unsure.