2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC646
Submitter : Mrs. Donna Scott Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:29
Organization : Mrs. Donna Scott
Category : Drug Association
Issue Areas/Comments
I am writing in support of docket 2005n-0279. As an individual with Celiac, I feel that 'gluten-free' on food labels should mean that there is absolutely no gluten in the product. If I were to each something that was labeled as gluten-free and it wasn't, I would be putting my health and possibly my life at risk. I spend double the amount of time in the grocery stores and natural / health food stores reading labels to ensure there is no gluten before I purchase. Even if the product is on a gluten-free list somewhere, ingredients can change at any time. Most of the products I purchase do not say gluten-free. I would say that less than 10% of them have a gluten-free label. Usually, it is just the pasta and baked goods / mixes that are labeled clearly. On occassion, I will compare those ingredients on a clearly labeled product with the ones that aren't clearly labeled. Again, this takes time that I really don't have. Even if there were labels that had different degrees of 'gluten-free', it wouldn't matter. I don't intend to eat anything with the smallest trace of gluten in it. Please consider these comments as you make your decisions. Take it from someone who knows and cares. This is not only my future but also millions of others. Thank you for your considerations.