2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC654
Submitter : Ms. Terry Scholten Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:08
Organization : Ms. Terry Scholten
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I strongly encourage the FDA to eliminate allowing food companies to use the term "Modified food starch" without identifying the source of the starch. This practice means I have to eliminate all foods including this ingredient or playing Russian roulette to determine if it is safe to eat. Many food companies are starting to identify the source of the starch, but most are not.

The use of the term "gluten-free" on packaging is very convenient for me and for the few foods carrying this label I do not have to read the ingredients list. I encourage the FDA to continue the allowance of the use of this term with the de minimus values established in Europe and Canada which protect both the gluten intolerant individuals, such as myself, and the food companies from frivolous lawsuits. Although zero tolerance sounds nice, it is impractical. Adopting such a stance would essentially eliminate the use of the phrase "gluten-free" from all food packaging.

Thank you for allowing me this chance to comment,
Terry Scholten