2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC647
Submitter : Ms. Arlene Grant Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:36
Organization : Ms. Arlene Grant
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
First, thank you for the opportunity to posit remarks. This issue is very serious and I thank you in advance for your attention and action. I went undiagnosed until the age of 38. The result-- many surgeries and difficulties from which I now strive to recover from. My recovery is repeatedly hampered by five problem areas all related to food additives. They are: 1) citric acid, which can contain gluten if made outside the US and included as an ingredient in a domestic or import product; 2) natural flavors which may or may not contain gluten (in a recent experience the manufacturer assured me that it did not and my body told me otherwise); 3) preservatives in various forms contain gluten, but the truth of their contents is not readily discernable; 4) caramel color, brown rice syrup and rice malt are sometimes gluten free and other times not-we need to know what is or is not specifically; and 5) the cross contamination issue is very real and disclosure is a must. Each exposure wreaks havoc and chaos in my life with days in bed or of fatigue. The impact, exponentially, is significant on our society and may explain why celiacs, despite intended strict adherence to a gluten free diet, have heightened exposure to other autoimmune diseases and complications. We need integrity in our food supply because it is nothing short of a matter of life and death. We choose life. We need food suppliers to honor our choice-it is that simple. We need your help so that our decisions and lives can be respected.