2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC602
Submitter : Mrs. Lorraine Circelli Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:03
Organization : St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
As a registered nurse and recently diagnosed as having celiac disease, I see the great demand to make the process of buying food easier for those who suffer from this disease! More and more of the voting public will be diagnosed over the next few years. The only cure is staying gluten-free. When I was undiagnosed and eating wheat and gluten, I became weak, had chronic abdominal pain, painful joints and bones to the point that I could hardly walk down a flight of stairs! Walking up stairs made me feel like I was having a heart attack! Now that I have worked to maintain a gluten-free diet I become sick everytime I eat gluten in some hidden form. Please help the thousands of celiacs stay well with clear labeling of all foods, drugs, and drinks. Thank you.