2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC231
Submitter : Mrs. Lynn Roach Date & Time: 08/29/2005 11:08:18
Organization : Mrs. Lynn Roach
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
A product labled "gluten free" should indicate to the buyer that this product is 100% gluten free, and that it was made in a dedicated gluten free facility or a facility where the product would not get cross contaminated. This is very important to the celiac because not only does eating gluten effect their daily life with being sick but also threatens their future with the chance of cancer. For me to identify a food that is strictly gluten free I have to call the company direct to confirm it being safe,or I have to see that the product has been marked gluten free. Calling up companies and asuring my families safety usally takes up five hours in each of my weeks. It is sad to say that I believe a meak 5% of foods in your average grocery store are marked gluten free. Mainly you will find gluten free food in a health food or organic store. I strongly believe in eating organic and would shop in these places even if not having celiac . The wonderful thing that would come from having other foods marked is for traveling so you don't always have to bring your own food with you which is a huge pain for a very active family as my own. Also it would be great and a big relief for my so going over to hang at a friends wouldn't be such a big deal for them because they could just look at the back of whatever their friends are eating and say " Yeah, I can have this!" or " Sorry this is not gluten free." Having a gluten free lable printed on a product influences me to by that product to a very high extent. I can then feel reasured that I am taking care of my children, and I don't have to waste a phone call to a company. I feel very strongly towards this act for I believe it will help the quality of my childrens' life as adults.