2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC925
Submitter : Mrs. Ellen Rankin Date & Time: 09/14/2005 05:09:52
Organization : Mrs. Ellen Rankin
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Gluten free on a food label needs to tell the consumer that the product and all of its ingrediants, whether introduced by that manufacturer or from aproduct that they purchased to make their product,is indeed free of wheat,oats ,barley and rye. The way I identify foods that do not have gluten is that I read the label and lookfor gluten free on there. If the product does not state this,I will not purchase the product unless I contacted the manufacturer and they alert me in writing that it is gluten free. A very time consuming process. Grocery shopping time has doubled for me. I have been fortunate to have Wegmans grocery store near me that does label some of their their brand foods Gluten free if they are. The other major chain grocery stores in my area DO NOT LABEL their store brand foods as gluten free, nor do most manufacturerers. They have LOST my business, I cannot shop there until they do. Having the word gluten free on a label does influence my decision to shop and buy a product. As I have said the local stores have lost my business. I cannot buy a product even if it is marked low gluten or even if there was a system of labeling that stated the amount of gluten in varying degrees. As I have found, even the smallest amount can cause damage without me being aware. health si too important. Thanks to Wegmans I have been able to eat well as has my family because of their labeling process, something other manufacturers need to do. The benefits are tremendous. Thank you