2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC44
Submitter : Mrs. Karen May Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:16
Organization : Mrs. Karen May
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
I have Celiac disease and therefore am commenting on Defining Gluten Free for food labels.
1) 'Gluten-free' on a food label should mean that the product is free of all wheat, barley, rye, oats, and any derivatives of those grains.

2) I identify foods that do not contain gluten by reading ingredient labels and other information provided by the manufacturer regarding glutens. Many things in an ingredient list may have gluten in them but not be labeled in such a way as to determine that fact.
3)Approximately 50% of the products that I purchase, such as cereals, ice creams,crackers, bread products, food supplements and many others.
4) 'Gluten free labeling does influence my decision to purchase products because I feel that if the product is labeled, the manufacturer has gone to the trouble to verify that the product and its ingredients are indeed gluten free.