2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC950
Submitter : Mr. Ray Smith Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:51
Organization : Smith Gateway Farms
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
Dear FDA:

As a person with Gluten Intolerence and a wheat farmer, I encourage you to adopt a regulation on the use of 'gluten-free' on product labels that is in line with that which has been used in Europe and other countries for many years.

It is very important that you do not adopt a 'zero tolerance' regulation in this matter because doing so will cause many gluten-free food companies to discontinue their use of the term 'gluten-free' on their labels out of fear of litigation--which is counterproductive for all people with this disease. Last, the inclusion of trace levels of gluten in the diets of those with celiac disease have been shown to be safe in many scientific studies.

Wal-mart has started to label appropriate products as wheat-free. This is a big help but it would much better if their label said gluten-free. This would raise my confidence level that I will not get sick from the product. Food manufactures are improving labeling greatly and I thank you for working on a policy that works for everyone.

Thank you,
Ray Smith