Thank the Lord for food allergy labeling laws that were created just 6 months before my son’s first anaphylactic reaction to milk. Even though labeling is far from perfect eleven years later, having Top 8 allergens required on the label in plain English was a huge help to this new food allergy mom. This includes colors, flavors, and spice blends.
The allergens in plain English must appear in the ingredient list OR in the “contains statement”. But it doesn’t have to be in both places so be sure to check both before buying or consuming products if you have a severe food allergy.
“Plain English” for milk, as an example, must say MILK somewhere on the label…not just whey or casein or cream or butter, etc.
It is also important to note that advisory statements are voluntary and not required. So if a label does not have this statement, that doesn’t mean there are no processing concerns. You would need to contact the company to get more information on any “may contain”, “processed in a plant with”, and “processed on a line with” allergens.
You can read more about food allergy labeling laws at the FARE website.
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