2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC58
Submitter : Mrs. loretta stark Date & Time: 08/15/2005 05:08:47
Organization : Mrs. loretta stark
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
1) I think that 'gluten-free' on the label of foods should mean exactly that 'Gluten-Free'. Not one ingredient that has gluten in it. I think this because the consequences to my body if I ingest gluten causes me severe problems and because of that I need to know what is in an item of food that I purchase.
2) I identify foods that do not contain gluten by using the CSA Gluten Free Product

Listing as well as contacting the company producing the product. I spend a good deal of time in this process, aproximately 5 to 10 hrs a week. When I first found out I had the disease it was nothing to spend 20hrs a week calling and verifying the ingredients with the food companys.
3) I would say that less than 10% of the foods I purchase are marked 'gluten-free' on the packages. These are mostly the breads, cereals and rice pasta that I purchase at Health food stores or the specialty sections of one of our local supermarkets. That means that 90% of the other food products I purchase I have to research before I can buy the products and since manufacturing techniques change each year I have to continue to call and check on their products constantly.
4) I will always buy the item that SAYS 'gluten-free' on the label over one that doesn't especially if it is a new product and I haven't tried it before. There are exceptions of course but the more a label has 'gluten-free' on it then the more confidence I have in that product and the more likely I am to buy it. Personally I think the food industry is missing out on a lot of sales due to its reluctance to identify its products as 'gluten- free or not.