2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC931
Submitter : Mrs. Linda Goldkrantz Date & Time: 09/14/2005 05:09:52
Organization : Mrs. Linda Goldkrantz
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Labeling of foods with regard to gluten should be clear about the absence of gluten, the presence of a slight amount (to be determined by the FDA), and if the product is made in a non-gluten-free environment. Attention needs to be given with regards to imported foods, where standards may be different or English is not spoken and hence the labeling in English can actually be erroneous. Having gluten-free on a product definitely influences my selection of the product and significantly cuts down on the time it takes to identify safe products, however, there needs to be a uniform standard controlled by the government and implemented by the food industry.
I feel I have already benefitted from the clearer food labelling that is becoming practice (8 known allergens), and anticipate clearer identification of foods as gf will allow me to purchase products I avoid now unnecessarily, simply because it is tedious to contact every manufacturer.
Having labels and standards will also enable celiacs to further educate the food service industry and make it easier for restaurants to serve celiacs with better choices and increased safety.
Thank you.