2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC53
Submitter : Mr. Roger Collins Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:57
Organization : Mr. Roger Collins
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
E. Consumer Purchasing Practices
e.9 & 10. I have recently been diagnoised with Celiacs and have found shopping for products gluten-free to be very difficult. There needs to be a labeling requirement on every product that simply states whether it is gluten free from the standpoint of being ok to be consumed by a person with celiacs.

If packaged products do not say 'gluten-free' clearly on them, then I have to individually examine each ingredient and compare it against 6 pages of potentially good and bad ingredients to know if I am safe to purchase it. This takes forever! I've done this for all foods I used to eat to see which were ruled out, and I did it initially as I was looking for substitutes, but it is very tricky and once I think I find one gluten free I still end up emailing the manufacturer to double check. Why make it that difficult?