2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC353
Submitter : Mr. Wayne Boswell Date & Time: 09/09/2005 05:09:40
Organization : Mr. Wayne Boswell
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
As a 12 years diagnosed Celiac, I am extremely interested in the finiteness of food labeling. My position is that the term 'Gluten-free' when it comes to my food, should only and always mean that absolutely no glutenous ingredients are contained therein (neither intentionally nor incidently due to process contamination). It is more than difficult enough to try to live 'gluten-free' and actually participate in life, but it is infuriating to never be able to trust anything or anyone. I hate to go out to eat, which doesn't set well with my wife, because even though I ask all the necessary questions about the few menu items I might consider... I still have to wonder/worry what contamination may occur in the kitchen. Try to imagine something as prevalent as 'wheat' being poison to you (or worse... to your child). What things would you want done to insure that you have the best chance of protecting that child from silent internal destruction. I hope you will hear from all of us who suffer this frustrating condition and that you will provide us food labeling that enables us to know that we are not consuming poison. Respecfully, Wayne