2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC237
Submitter : Mr. Marc LeBeau Date & Time: 08/29/2005 11:08:04
Organization : Mr. Marc LeBeau
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
'Gluten-free' on a food label must mean that there are no gluten-containing ingredients in the product AND that there is minimal chance of contamination of the product by other gluten-containing products prepared or packaged in the same facility. My family identifies foods that contain gluten by relying on THE CSA GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT LISTING and by word-of-mouth with others that suffer from gluten allergies. Grocery shopping can take hours each week because of the time spent reading the labels of nearly every product that we want to buy. It makes it so much easier and safer to shop when products are marked as gluten-free. About 10 - 20% of the packaged foods we purchase already have the gluten-free labels and I will always purchase the product that is labeled as gluten-free over a competitor's product that is not clearly labeled.