2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC739
Submitter : Mrs. Mary Sadlier Date & Time: 09/12/2005 06:09:43
Organization : Mrs. Mary Sadlier
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
This is for Docket #2005N-0279
Gluten-free should mean no amount of gluten, wheat, barley, rye, and oats contained in this product. For some, even a small amount can be harmful. Need to have the confidence in labeling so there is no question. Presently, I have a few resources that list products that are gluten free. Companies can change their ingredients without us knowing so this is not a fool proof solution. Requiring products to state gluten-free on products solves that problem. A very small percentage of foods state they are gluten free. Usually the companies that manufacture gluten-free products put it on their label. It is the everyday products that we need to see GF on the label. It actually makes me happy to see GF on a label. For example, the supermaket Wegman's puts GF on some of it's private label products. I would buy those products over any others. I would always buy a product with GF on the label over one with the same ingredients and no GF because the confidence is behind the GF. There would be doubts in my mind that there might be traces of something in it we shouldn't have. We do not live in a vacuum so trace amounts are a fact of life. I think that GF should mean just that.