2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC185
Submitter : Mrs. Kendra Keeney Date & Time: 08/25/2005 11:08:41
Organization : Mrs. Kendra Keeney
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Food labeling is so important!! My husband and children all have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease. It is extremely difficult to grocery shop and know that I am feeding my family the right foods. Feeding them properly is the only way to keep them healthy. I urge all companies to follow and adhere to strict labeling laws. Gluten is found in all grains as well as modified food starch, artificial flavors and colors. Please, Please make companies point out all sources of gluten. Gluten free should mean that absolutely no trace of gluten or wheat will be in that product; this includes foods not being cross contaminated with ANY gluten source. Searching for gluten free foods is time consuming, I call that manufacture while I am at the store, as I will not buy products that contain gluten. My family gets extremely ill from trace amounts of gluten. Most commercial products have hidden ingredients I would like for them to point out if the modified food starch is derived from corn or wheat, is the vinegar distilled with wheat or corn or rice?? When gluten free is printed on a label I rejoice because it means my family will not have any ill effects from it and I know I am helping to keep them healthy. I tend to shop more at the specialty stores that have foods clearly marked GLUTEN FREE. Please urge companies to have clear labels
you have no idea of the impact gluten intolerances have on a person until you or a family member have been diagnosed. Gluten is in several hidden sources please help us to keep our loved ones safe, healthy and disease free. Thank you!!