2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC75
Submitter : Mr. Gregory Kitz Date & Time: 08/19/2005 08:08:36
Organization : Mr. Gregory Kitz
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
After 50 years of eating whatever I wanted to, I found out just prior to my hip replacement, two years ago, that I had Celiac Disease. Talk about a life change.

I'm so careful about what I eat I had to buy cheater glasses with a magnification of 2 just to read the food labels. Than you have to become familiar with what gluten/wheat can be hidden in, i.e., Modified food starch, etc. It takes forever to read the labels to try and identify what the heck I'm eating. If there was a label that spelled out wheat/gluten free on the front, it would be so easy and I will buy those products in a heart beat.

I do shop at health food stores that carry these products and don't mind paying a little extra as the effect on my body is fatigue and a rash, which I understand is not as bad as some individuals. There are a lot of products that look like they could be friendly, but I will not get them if there is any doubt.....it's just not worth it.

If the manufactures would certify that their products are gluten free, it would save me more time in my shopping and granted it would cost more, but I'm willing to pay a little more for the effort put into the label.