2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC151
Submitter : Mrs. Kathleen Curtiss Date & Time: 08/24/2005 04:08:48
Organization : Mrs. Kathleen Curtiss
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Gluten free on a food label should mean 100% free of wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats and free from any cross contaminations of any of these grains.
To Identify foods that do not contain gluten, I read labels, call the companies and use reliable sources as the Celiac Sprue Association website. I spend a few hours a week reading labels calling companies and following up with companies to ensure I am given accurate information.
The majority of food I buy is marked gluten-free and comes form the health food store. It is very difficult to buy store brand foods because of their various suppliers.
Gluten-free on a product does influence my decision to buy products . Similiar products may have the same ingredients, but the information on how they are processed is not always listed. I need to be very careful of what I buy. It not only afects me but also my children who one of whichj has celiace diease and another is a carrier of it, who could develop it later in life. One crumb of gluten may not seem alot to a healthy person, but to a celiac that could be the difference from having the villi in your intestines this time not heal and start a spot for cancer or other health issues.