2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC499
Submitter : Mrs. Patrice Sawyer Date & Time: 09/09/2005 06:09:21
Organization : Mrs. Patrice Sawyer
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
1) What should "gluten-free" mean on a food label? Why?
Gluten free should mean that I can pick up the product look at the allergen information and decide with in a moment that I can purchase and use this product. Although I have become a master at reading labels, it would be nice to not spend an extra hour every time I shop reading labels.
2) How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten? Time spent identifying foods?
I have memorized the ingredients that contain gluten and I have memorized the list of safe ingredients. If a ingredient is not well marked as to where the source comes from, then I do not purchase the product. This means that I have to spend at least an hour each time I shop because suppliers do change with out notice for the manufacturer of the product.
3) What percentage of foods and which types purchased are marked "gluten-free"?
In the grocery store, there are very few products that are marked Gluten Free. I know of only a couple grocery store products that are actually marked. I have seen one meat product by Gwaltney that said in the allergen information area Contains Gluten. The Kozy Snack puddings and some Hormel products say gluten free on the packages. All other traditional Gluten Free products are of all kinds of foods and clearly marked Gluten Free. These items are found in Organic sections of grocery stores, health food stores and the internet sites. These methods cause a celiac to pay much more for their food than the average person.
4) Does "gluten-free" printed on a product label influence your decision to purchase products having the same ingredients? To what extent? If I see Gluten Free, I automatically put it in my shopping basket to purchase. I also know that I can depend upon that company to always make the product Gluten Free.
5) Would you consider a two or more level definition of gluten-free helpful? Absolutely not.