2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC707
Submitter : Mr. Bill Fickling Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:00
Organization : Mr. Bill Fickling
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
"Gluten-Free should mean that the product has been tested and proven to have not one molocule of gluten from wheat, rye, barley or oats. It should be safe for any celiac to consume. (Celiacs can have an adverse reaction to even one molocule of gluten.)
Todate, I must read labels and call manufacturers to confirm that a produce is gluten free. I have also had to educate myself regarding hiden gluten in hundreds of products.
At the present time, if I find a product labeled gluten free, I still cannot trust that another product with the exact ingredients, but not labeled gluten free, is safe to consume without calling the manufacturer. Many products have safe ingredients listed, but the manufacturing facility cross contaminates it's products.
As a celiac, it would make my life so much easier if I could trust the labeling and it would probably open up a wider range of products that are safe for me to eat.