2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC820
Submitter : Mrs. Kim Crocker Date & Time: 09/13/2005 07:09:37
Organization : Mrs. Kim Crocker
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
Docket # 2005N-0279
Gluten-Free should mean gluten-free as in no gluten in the ingredients nor has it possibly come in contact with or been processed in the same facility as glutenous products. I spend a lot of time on the phone and on the internet trying to confirm a product being gluten free. Even then, you can't be sure of a companies definition of gluten free. I purchase as much as possible that says gluten free, but I do not live close enough to any specialty store to stick specifically to specialty products. So, I have to inquire by phone. I can't say that its labeling affects my shopping right now because no one really labels something as gluten free, but it most certainly would help and I would patronize those manufacturers more. Not only that, products put long words in their ingredients and you have no clue as to the source. Level A or Level whatever is junk. There is only one gluten free. It is either gluten free or it's not. People who have Celiac Disease have to be completely gluten free, not just a little.
I spent 4 months just trying to get her diagnosed. She nearly died before somebody finally did a blood test. I had to refuse the biopsy for fear of doing damage to the point of no return. Her diagnosis had to be based on a blood test and improvement on the diet. God haven't Celiacs suffered enough without having to spend extra money and do extra work just make sure they are gluten free?