2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC964
Submitter : Mrs. Beverly Bauer Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:54
Organization : Mrs. Beverly Bauer
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
'Gluten-free should mean produced in a gluten free environment. It is extremely important for the health safety of people who must be free of gluten and for allergic reactions. I read labels carefully, make lots of phone calls and spend way too much time finding out if foods are safe for me to eat. This takes at least an extra two hours a week. About 80% of packaged/canned foods I buy are marked gluten-free. I will buy a product labeled 'gluten-free' over the product with the same ingredients but not labeled 'gluten-free 90% of the time.

Some companies are doing a much better job than required on their labels, but it still means reading every label with great care and trying to remember how each company has chosen to handle indicating gluten. Grocery shopping is much more time consuming than should be necessary and I end up going to several stores to get all that I need instead of one-stop shopping.

There should be separate wording for items that are produced where there is a danger of cross contamination. Perhaps something like 'no gluten added' or 'produced on a line that also produces items containing gluten'.

Thank you for your help with this problem that affects so many of our lives.