2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC243
Submitter : Mrs. Gloria Mills Date & Time: 08/29/2005 11:08:38
Organization : Mrs. Gloria Mills
Category : Consumer Group
Issue Areas/Comments
Gluten-free is my husband's middle name since diagnosed as a celiac sprue patient. It would be so much easier shopping if such products were so labeled and easily identifiable when shopping. The print on labels are in such small lettering it is a chore trying to read in the aisles while shopping, the front label identification would hence be so much help! Foods that are not labeled are hard to pick up quickly while shopping unless purchased before or analysing the complete ingredient listed..thus only when time allows I purchase knowned products that are gluten-free. Other family members share in the affiction and are younger and more susceptible to any small trace or cross-contamination during proccessing of products so when we share recipes we do so only if caution is taken to prevent a reaction to products. I would always check similar items before purchasing especially if given a choice of gluten-free or not marked. Certain ingredients are questionable to each patient as they may be bothered by some more than others and as we try to decifer which are acceptable to each, label checking is as much importance as their health is to the love ones preparing food. I for one would deeply appreciate any and all help the FDA has to offer in helping the increasing number of families involved to identifying all gluten-free products available.