2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC277
Submitter : Ms. barbara mclaughlin Date & Time: 09/01/2005 05:09:58
Organization : Ms. barbara mclaughlin
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I am extremely sensitive to trace amounts of gluten in any form and cannot tolerate even a trace of gluten. I become very ill. Therefore i would appreciate a level system maybe Level A meaning the absence of any wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level B meaning the presence of trace amounts, less than "X" parts per million, of wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level C meaning the presence of small amounts, less than "Y" parts per million, wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives. (Using "X" and "Y" to identify quantities to be determined by the FDA.)
Grocery shopping is very time consuming and with Celiac's Disease sometimes I am extremely fatigued--i must take may cell phone and call the manufacturer to see if the product is gluten free. even though i search the internet and e-mail manufacturers to find gluten free products, most manufacturers make me aware that the ingredients can change at any time an they advise me to always call with the ICU number to be absolutely certain there is no gluten. This takes a tremendous amount of time. i cannot eat at friends homes because i am not certain their products are gluten free if they are not labeled as such.
i ONLY purchase products that are labeled gluten free or products that i have spoken to the manufacturer about, i cannot risk the chance of ingesting gluten. 100% of the foods i purchase are gluten free for me and my family.
please label foods that are 100% gluten free. Celiac's Disease is a very serious chronic condition and we need accurate labeling to protect our health.