2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC184
Submitter : Mrs. Carolyn O'Cain Date & Time: 08/25/2005 11:08:20
Organization : Mrs. Carolyn O'Cain
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
After reading the questions about gluten-free labeling of foods, I have these comments. Gluten free labeling should mean just that- NO gluten in the product. Because I follow two very restrictive medical diets (gluten free and one for interstitial cystitis), I must first start with a gluten free product before determining if the product is also IC friendly to my bladder. I spend as much time as is necessary to ensure that the foods that I choose are both gluten free and IC friendly. No other type of product is acceptable to me because I value my health and do not want to do anything to damage it further. Marking a product as gluten free would not only save time but would simplify the process for me and thousands of other celiacs and those with other various medical conditions. Since I must remain completely gluten free in order to prevent further medical complications in my health, a levelized defnition of gluten free would not be helpful. Thank you so much for considering my comments and I pray that you will choose to help the thousands and thousands of those with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformitis in the most potent way- by clearly labeling food products as gluten free if they are indeed truly gluten free.