2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC244
Submitter : Mrs. Libby Shinolt Date & Time: 08/29/2005 11:08:49
Organization : Contemporary Healthcare, P. C.
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
Gluten free on a food label should mean just that, not one molecule in gluten in the product. I even go so far as to include any kind of cross contamination if product is manufactured or packaged in a facility with gluten containing products.
I spend many hours a week investigating gluten free foods and have indeed fallen short on my personal gluten free diet. After eight years on a gluten free diet and having follow-up biopsies, I am sad to report my gut is not healed. I have relied too heavily on public nutrition to provide for me what I need and they have failed me. Now I am much more careful.
I purchase all gluten free foods, from flour mixes to cereal to chips. I buy alot of fresh and frozen foods to supplement my diet. All friends that eat at my table or enjoy my foods at work eat gluten free with me. Some have been surprised at the results.
I continue to support the specialty companies that produce gluten free foods and continue to insist they maintain the highest standards of nutrition. Gluten free means gluten free, nothing else.
I am living proof that you can depend on no one else to eat correctly with nutritional challenges and that you can never, ever be too careful. I have had my 30 minute lymphoma lecture and do not intend to experience that again. Think of all the children and families that struggle with this.
There are many gluten free products on the market but sadly only speciality items are labelled accordingly. I continue to make weekly phone calls to evalutate the nutritional analysis of products I consider using and have had overwhelming success in determining the safety of the product for me.
I only wish drug companies where so diligent in knowing the source of their ingredients. They continue to be unaware and many uninterested in helping the consumer determine the source of their ingredients.
I hate to see the US adopt less stringent nutritional guidelines like they have in other countries. Remember, you might have a family member diagnosed at any time with this and would have the opportunity to learn from those already there.
I continue to urge you to do what's right: Gluten free means free of gluten, no other way around. Do what's right. Let the consumer lead on this one.
God bless.