2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC61
Submitter : Miss. Kylie Blatzheim Date & Time: 08/16/2005 05:08:58
Organization : Miss. Kylie Blatzheim
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
My name is Kylie Blatzheim I am 12 years old and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease six months ago. I did not think it would be that hard to tell which foods I could have and those that I could not. I was wrong. When my Mom and I go to the store we have to read the ingredient lable on everything. Then it is not just the plain to notice wheat, oats, barley and rye that we have to look at but many other hidden forms of gluten in foods. It is so much easier when we go to a gluten free or health store where it is clearly labled "gluten free". It would make it much easier to shop and eat foods while out if packages were clearly labled "gluten free". I have family in Ireland who bring me food. Their food items are clearly labled "gluten free". This has been a big change in my diet and how I live. Having companies clearly lable the food would again be a huge help in picking out safe foods that I can eat. My Mom has to call many of the companies that we like to be sure that modified food starch is corn and not flour or that the carmel color does not have flour.
Thank you for your time.
Kylie Blatzheim