2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC906
Submitter : Mrs. Paulette Anthon Date & Time: 09/14/2005 05:09:21
Organization : Mrs. Paulette Anthon
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
If "gluten-free" is included on a food label that would mean that I don't have to read the label to see if there are any harmful ingredients. If I am reading a food label and it doesn't say gluten-free, then I have to spend time reading the ingredients to make sure there isn't any wheat, barley, oats, rye, or any ingredients that have been made in the same place as any of these other ingredients. Cross contamination can be just as harmful as the other ingredients themselves. I could cut my grocer shopping time down from 2 hours to possible 1 hour. I have found, in the regular grocery store, that the only products that list their products as gluten free are some of the Thai brand foods such as their noodle bowls and some rice crackers. If I find a product that says it is gluten free on the label I am more apt to purchase these products more often just because I don't have to waste time reading the label. Having to go to a Health Food Store to find gluten-free products is very expensive and time consuming because there aren't that many Health food stores that have these items on hand and because Health food stores are not that easy to find. Please change the regulations on food labeling so that shopping will be easier for people with Celiac. I wish food places would have gluten-free products on their menus because it is very hard for us to go out to eat. If you have ever know anyone with this disease then you would know how important this Act is for us.
Thank you