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Dealing with food allergies can be difficulty, especially if you're not sure what's 'safe' to buy. This is especially true for those with severe peanut allergies, as even a trace can cause an allergic reaction. How do you know if something is a peanut free food?

First, start by reading the ingredient list. Peanut flour, peanut oil, peanut butter, and peanuts themselves are to be avoided., of course. However, often that is not enough to ensure that a food is completely peanut free. Peanuts are found in surprising places, including candy bars, cereals, and even fruit snacks.

Read the label carefully, and you may be surprised to see “may contain traces of peanuts” even when peanuts do not make an appearance in the ingredient list. This means that the food was processed in a facility that also handles peanuts. While this may not seem like a big deal to someone who is not allergic, for those with severe peanut allergies such warnings are to be taken seriously. Cross-contamination can mean that these products contain small amounts of peanut. Often, peanut dust or peanut residue is enough to set off an allergic reaction.

Food labels and ingredients may change over time. As a result, it is always a good idea to read the label before purchasing food for someone with peanut allergies, even if you've purchased the same product many times before. Do not assume that a food is peanut free, and if in doubt, contact the manufacturer before purchasing.

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By Momofpnut-treenutkid on Wed, 08-31-11, 04:44

Am I the only person on earth that didn't know that food companies DO NOT have to claim that their products are processed on equiptment shared with peanut or tree nut products or manufactured in a facility that produces peanut or treenut products? Its up to the individual companies to decide if they want to print that on their packaging.

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By cervonil on Sat, 09-03-11, 13:17

I've noticed a lot of people in schools think this is the case, and when I tell them that it is only voluntary they are very surprised. That makes it hard when they think it is safe because it has no may contain label.

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By JPCRN on Mon, 09-29-14, 13:46

It is ridiculous that it is not required to note shared equipment and facilities.

I work in a school and we are peanut/tree nut free in the building with the younger students. It is easy enough to find packaged items without nuts but what about disclaimers? You can obviously avoid if needed anything with a disclaimer (as hard as it may be). I was most concerned about what if there are no disclaimers. Is it safe? Do I have to worry about trace residues if a company does not provide a disclosure.

I started contacting a lot of food companies our families with out food allergies may be using. I gladly finding many larger companies are claiming to be allergy responsible, allergy aware and want to disclose any concerns of safety. And surprisingly are not just labeling with disclosures across the board "just to cover themselves" as many think.

Nothing of course is 100% guaranteed but finding out about about the steps various companies take in labeling, or sanitizing or keeping facilities separate can help in determining what is safe for a child with allergies or a child without allergies but who want to be safer for their allergy friends.

Good luck and I continue to hope every day labeling and allergy safety continue to improve.

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