2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC82
Submitter : Ms. Keri Altig Date & Time: 08/19/2005 08:08:01
Organization : Ms. Keri Altig
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
'Gluten-Free' should be added to a food label and mean that a food item is void of gluten - it does not contain ANY traces of gluten. Labeling it in this way would help all who have been diagnosed to ensure that they are not unknowlingly damaging their bodies.

Our family identifies foods by reading the difficult labels. We try to make sure that our children (5 and 2 years) begin identifying potential dangers in their foods as a way for them to become independent consumers. Everytime we pick up a pre-packaged food item, we read its ingredients. This process is time consuming and difficult for a 5 year-old as he begins to learn to read. If labels included 'gluten free' my son would be able to become a more independent consumer.

A very low percentage of foods are labeled 'gluten free'. In fact, of the food items that I purchase, only three note 'gluten free'. These are Mission Tortillas, Herb-Ox bouillon cubes, and Hormel pepperoni and canadian bacon slices.

Products with 'gluten free' on their label influence my purchases. I will go out of my way to make sure that I purchase items that I know include 'gluten free' on their labels.