2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC970
Submitter : Mrs. Lucie LaBorde Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:50
Organization : Mrs. Lucie LaBorde
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Gluten-free on a product label, not just food products, should mean that the product is completely free of any gluten, and that the product was manufactured in a gluten-free environment. If a product is not marked gluten-free, I carefully read all the ingredients to determine if any gluten is in the product. Easily 65-70% of my shopping time is spent reading the ingredients on labels. Some cereals, crackers, bread are marked gluten- free, but not all are. I always read the ingredients for skin care products, hair care products, oral hygiene products, cosmetics etc. These need to be labeled gluten-free as well. If I have questions, I copy down the product name and its 800 number to call to determine its gluten-free status. Gluten-free on a label has a tremendous influence on my decision to purchase that product. Why do I put all this time and effort into my shopping? As a celiac, to maintain my health and avoid the serious side effects of this disease, I DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE. I sincerely hope that the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act will enact a strict definition of gluten-free on all product labels.