2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC535
Submitter : Dr. Susan Jaksa Date & Time: 09/09/2005 06:09:02
Organization : Dr. Susan Jaksa
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
1.It is my belief that the 'gluten-free' food label should be reserved for products that have no gluten in them. I have had reactions to foods where the ingredients did not contain gluten, but were processed in plant that processed wheat.
2. To identify foods that contain gluten is a time consuming process. I read every label. If a food has more general listings such as 'modified food starch', 'artifical flavoring' or 'vegtatable celluose' I will not purchase the food. I frequently consult the gluten-free product resource published by the Celiac Sprue Foundation before purchasing foods.
3. Of the processed foods that I purchase 75% carry a 'gluten free' label. I mostly purchase fresh fruits and vegtables however.
4. 'Gluten-free' on the label definitely influences my choice in purchase. With foods or brands that I have not previously purchased this would be a major deciding feature. I would not be sure if there was some potential source of indirect contamination.