2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC947
Submitter : Ms. Patricia del Toro Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:17
Organization : Ms. Patricia del Toro
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Docket # 2005N-0279 I am a 42 year old woman, diagnosed with Celiac when I was 2 years old. It has been extremely hard to get accurate information from manufacturers of processed foods. Labeling is extremely important due to the fact tha the disease may lead to cancer of the intestines and esophagus. Gluten-free must mean there is no trace of gluten at all. I am a label reader and my purchases are all based on the ingredients which is very time consuming. Lists found on different Celiac sights have allowed me to identify ingredients, such as fillers or preservatives, that contain gluten.(ie. Modified food starch) The only products that I have found that trully mean gluten-free are Japanese and Thai products made of rice flour. In my particular case, level definitions would not make a difference.

Thank you;
Patricia del Toro