2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC980
Submitter : Mrs. Janice Drake Date & Time: 09/14/2005 06:09:43
Organization : Mrs. Janice Drake
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
Re: FDA Docket #2005N-0279

1) What should ?gluten-free? mean on a food label? Why?
It means it is safe to eat for anyone on a gluten-free diet. When it says it is gluten-free it needs to be purely free of gluten.
(WHY) So I don't get sick. Also, to sure there is no gluten in the product and making the label easier to understand.

2) How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten? Time spent identifying foods?
I have to read all the ingredients in each item. A lot of products have some kind of gluten in them and if you are not very careful you could misread the label. Typically, I get frustrated when I have to read all the ingredients on a product and just put it back on the shelf.

3) What percentage of foods and which types purchased are marked ?gluten-free??
Very few are marked Gluten Free. In my area, Wegman's grocery store is about the only store that stocks items with a Gluten Free label. Wegman's is about 28 miles one way from my home.

4) Does ?gluten-free? printed on a product label influence your decision to purchase products having the same ingredients? To what extent?
YES! I will buy the product marked Gluten Free right away. I'll continue purchasing the same products that I know are safe for me to eat.

People on gluten free diets have enough problems trying to decide what to eat and trying to stay well by eating the right foods. It is NO fun being sick just because you misread an ingredient on a label. It would be such a relief knowing you were eating the right food. I would be able to eat and not worry that what I am eating could make me sick. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE approve this mandate for all that have Celiacs Sprue and the ones that will be finding out in the coming year they also have it. It is so frustrating when you go to the grocery store or the health store to try and find something different to eat and you have to read and reread and still wonder. I hope this really helps us.

(PS, Please let me know if you receive this.)

Thank you,

Janice L Drake
210 Hancock Street
Tyrone, Pa. 16686