2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC913
Submitter : Mr. Mark McMullen Date & Time: 09/14/2005 05:09:22
Organization : Mr. Mark McMullen
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Both my father and I have celiac disease and we cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat. Because of the highly pervasive use of wheat and wheat products in the food industry, shopping for gluten-free foods is a difficult and time consuming process.

I am single and usually buy food only for myself. I have a four page list of items I cannot ingest that I take with me when grocery shopping. I literally have to compare the ingredients on the groceries I buy with that list every time I shop. The process usually take between an hour-and-a- half and two hours in the store to buy one week's worth of groceries. I am the guy you are stuck behind in the grocery store aisles who is reading every single lable on every single item he purchases.

An indication on the lable that a food is gluten-free would greatly improve the lives of those of us who have celiac disease. I urge you to pass regulations defining "glute-free" and adopting rules for its voluntary use by manufacturers.


Mark R. McMullen
4475 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541