2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC379
Submitter : Ms. Carey Quealy Date & Time: 09/09/2005 05:09:15
Organization : Ms. Carey Quealy
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
FDA Docket # 2005N-0279
I have had celiac sprue for 5 years. I follow the diet with zero tolerance for gluten in my foods. I read labels whenever I shop. I need to know that all foods labeled gluten free are all adhering to the same standard. I use the publication put out by our association to identify gluten free foods, but as manufacturers change ingredients, or now have "new and improved" products, I can't tell if they are still gluten-free. Our diet is already severely limited, but when I am unsure of an item, I am limted even more. Unless a product is from a health food source, it is rarely labeled gluten free. When you have to buy most of your food from a health food store, it becomes very expensive. It would make my life easier and healthier if all food items were required to list food allergens.