2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC73
Submitter : Ms. Amy Feistel Date & Time: 08/19/2005 08:08:33
Organization : Duke University
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Are there available research data or findings on what consumers with celiac disease or their caregivers believe the term "gluten-free" means? Not to my knowledge. In fact, there is hardly a standardized definition.

For example, do the research data show consumers' beliefs as to which specific grains or other ingredients are not present in foods labeled "gluten- free"? No. All the evidence I have about this is anectdotal.

Are there available research data on how consumers with celiac disease or their caregivers identify packaged foods that do not contain gluten? No. I read every ingredients label when I shop for food.

Do the data establish how much time these consumers devote to identifying such foods? I spend at least 2-3 minutes per product reading the label and identifying gluten-free foods.

Are there available research data on whether the packaged foods consumers with celiac disease currently purchase are primarily or exclusively those foods labeled "gluten-free"? No. I purchase a combination of primarily or exclusively gluten-free foods and other products which I determine to be "safe" by reading the label.

Do the research data identify the types of "gluten-free" packaged foods (e.g., breads, dairy foods, canned vegetables) purchased by persons with celiac disease? No.

Do the research data show whether a "gluten-free" label influences the purchasing decision of persons with celiac disease when presented with products having identical ingredient lists? No. I am more likely to purchase "gluten-free" rather than a product which I have determined to be "safe".