2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC43
Submitter : Mr. Jeffrey Whitcomb Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:04
Organization : Mr. Jeffrey Whitcomb
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
1. "Gluten-Free" on a food label should mean that the product has been and continues to be TESTED by a non company affiliated entity and that it has passed. If a company fails a test, their should be more rigorous standards for them being allowed to re-new that label.
2. I rely on gluten free labels in my supermarket to identify products I can eat safely. If there is no label, i resort to internet research and thorough reading of the ingredients list (which is not foolproof).
3. I would say that about 50% of the foods I purchase are actually marked "gluten free"
4. Having gluten free on the label does influence my decision to buy other products having the same ingredients but it is a LOT OF WORK to make those comparisons!! I would say that more often I simply look for the label itself.