2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC56
Submitter : Mr. Jeremy Miskell Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:25
Organization : Mr. Jeremy Miskell
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
It is VITALLY important that the new food alergen labeling law requires and enforces a STRICT and universal standard regarding ingredients in or processed with food items. There must be very specific regulations requiring that ANY amount of an allergen, no matter how small, be listed CLEARLY on the label of the food item and that any of the allergens that are included on the new regulations are listed on the label in a separate section from the ingredients with a clear warning along the lines of "This food contians (Wheat, Soy, Milk) or whatever allergen is listed. In addition, there needs to be a distinction for people like myself, who have Celiac Disease, so that a label will clearly state not only if a product contains wheat, but also if is contains any oats, barley, rye, etc. A warning like: "This product contains glutinous grains" would be appropriate. Finally, a company MUST BE REQUIRED to accurately label their products. If they change the formula of the food item, they must IMMEDIATELY update the label on that product.