2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC808
Submitter : Miss. Nicole Quinn Date & Time: 09/13/2005 07:09:28
Organization : Miss. Nicole Quinn
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Food labeling needs to specify the source of ingredients that could have hidden gluten; for example, modified food starch, maltodextrin, and distilled vinegar. Some of the time these are ok, but we must avoid such foods that do not include the source; i.e. from corn, from wheat, etc. It should be mandated to list gluten under "allergens" as most products do for dairy or nuts. It is very difficult to identify what products are safe when the labeling is vague and or the customer service numbers and websites do no list information on products that are gluten free. There are many products available in the health food stores, manufactured specifically for people with gluten intolerance, however; the cost is sometimes quadrupled and the taste is compromised. There is no reason that consumers should have to incur this extra expense and sacrifice flavor because the food manufacturers have not invested in food testing or proper labeling. Celiac disease is underdiagnosed, but extremely prevalent. It took years after my diagnosis to identify foods that were ok for my special diet, and I'm hoping that this will be remedied in the near future so that no one else has to live the frustration that I did three years ago. I appreciate all that the FDA is doing regarding this issue, and this federal legislation will make life easier for those unfortunate enough to have Celiac Diease. Thank you.