2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC973
Submitter : Mr. Gary Provost Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:15
Organization : Mr. Gary Provost
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
My wife has Celiac Disease. When she was first diagnosed, it took her a very long time to buy groceries. She cried a lot over the frustration of reading the ingredients on EVERY grocery item label, then deciding to put the item back on the shelf because she couldn't tell if it had gluten or not. Now, 4 years later, she shops with her gluten free items list, or calls the company to see if the item is gluten free (some companies are down right rude, or arrogant in their response) but mostly they have been helpful. It takes a long time though, and that means another trip to the store to get the item that she didn't buy until she checked on it. You should see how excited she gets when she finds an item that is labeled "gluten free"! She calls other celiacs to let them know! Labeling gluten free items, as gluten free would save a great deal of time, especially for those newly diagnosed. But the item should not have any gluten of wheat, rye, barley in it's production or hidden in any of it's ingredients.