2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC383
Submitter : Ms. Judy Musgrave Date & Time: 09/09/2005 05:09:49
Organization : Ms. Judy Musgrave
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
It would be extremely helpful to have Gluten-Free labeling on products. This would end any guess work on the consumer's part as to whether additives or other unfamiliar ingredients are gluten-free or not.

As a Celiac Disease consumer, I can say from experience how long it takes to read the label of everything you pick up at the grocery store. And, due to a very recent occurrence, I now realize that we need to read the label EVERY TIME we buy...I had been eating a cereal that did not contain wheat - I had been having problems with my stomach for the last few weeks and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I happened to be standing near the cereal package and for some reason started reading the ingredients and there was wheat starch listed that had not been there before. As you can see, labeling the package as 'Gluten-Free' would make life so much easier for us who need to maintain a gluten-free diet. I am very careful about what I eat and was very upset (to say the least) to find out this cereal manufacturer had started adding wheat. From now on I will be reading the package every time before I purchase an item, even if I've been using it for months or years. Having the 'Gluten-free' labeling would make that reading, and my trips to the grocery store, so much easier.