2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC62
Submitter : Mrs. Tara Miller Date & Time: 08/16/2005 05:08:23
Organization : Mrs. Tara Miller
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
1) Gluten free on a label should mean that that product is 100% gluten free so that the consumer doesn't have to read the label. That means the product was processed in a gluten free environment.

2) The only way to identify that foods do not contain gluten is to thoroughly read the label and in some cases call the manufacturer. I spend twice as much time shopping & more time calling the manufacturer. It usually takes about 24 hours before I receive an answer from the manufacturer.

3) About 1/4 of the foods I purchase are market gluten free. Theses include:
mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, mayonaise, soups, flatbread, pancake mix, turkey, chicken & ham luncheon meat, breakfast sausage, amy's rice maccaroni & cheese, lasagna & and rice crust pizza, Cookies.

4) Gluten free printed on one label does not influence my decision to buy another product with the same ingredients because that product might not have been manufactured in a gluten free environment.