Labeling Surprise

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Others may already know this, but I found out some information today about labeling that I was unaware of.

I purchased Stouffers frozen family serving meatloaf and pulled it out to make tonight for dinner. The "contains" statement at the bottom says "milk, soy, anchovy, wheat ingredients". I had looked at this at the grocery store, but didn't look through all the ingredients. After I pulled it out this evening, I looked at the ingredient list and there is peanut oil in it!!! So, I call FAAN to ask them for some information on labeling and find out why peanut is not listed in the "contains" statement. They said that because refined peanut oil is considered safe, company's are required to list it as an allergen. Our allergist recommends DS does not ingest peanut oil at all, so I won't make it now. I am just surprised they are allowed to do this. What if the peanut oil is not refined? It doesn't say "refined peanut oil" on the ingredient listing. Just surprised and frustrated with the mixed messages even with the new labeling law.

Was anyone else aware of this?

Tracy

On Jan 8, 2007

No, I have not seen that labeling yet from Stouffer's but have seen them in the Banquet dinners (red box).

They label it "vegetable protein" or "plant protein" which is aka peanut.

The list was given to me by my allergist (from FAAN).

On Jan 8, 2007

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Originally posted by Precious1971: [b]No, I have not seen that labeling yet from Stouffer's but have seen them in the Banquet dinners (red box).

They label it "vegetable protein" or "plant protein" which is aka peanut.

The list was given to me by my allergist (from FAAN). [/b]

Precious, id you call to ask if the vegetable or plant protein was specifically peanut? It's not always peanut, I think most of the time it's soybean. It's just something to watch out for.

And with the new labeling law, if there is peanut protein intentionally in the food, it has to be labelled as such (except in the "refined peanut oil" situation *eyeroll*) As they are directly declaring it is "vegetable [b]protein[/b]" they can't hide what that is anymore (unless it's not one of the top 8 allergens).

If you did call, and it is peanut protein, I'd be interested in what the banquet meal was. I eat banquet occasionally...

On Jan 8, 2007

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Originally posted by starlight: [b] If you did call, and it is peanut protein, I'd be interested in what the banquet meal was. I eat banquet occasionally...[/b]

Thanks for a good point here.

No, I never called Banquet on this issue...never had time to due to my work hours.

The meals I saw that had these labelings were the Mexican dishes, especially the ones with enchiladas/tamales. So, I stayed away from all Mexican foods as advised by the list. I never bothered to call and went by what everyone else has said on this PA.com board.

I do miss Mexican food so much but I cannot bring myself to eat it despite McCobbre's help on which Mex foods/restuarants are safe to eat. The only thing I will eat is TB and TB dinner kit...but the latest scare of TB and Pizza Hut has scared me off even more.

On Jan 8, 2007

Hi Starlight - So if the peanut oil is unrefined, than it would have "contains peanut" in the label, correct?

I know that refined peanut oil is considered safe (we do not consider it *safe*, but I know others do), but peanut oil is peanut oil and I wish they would just put in as such in the "contains" section, KWIM? With the companies out there labeling just to cover themselves, you'd like they'd put down peanut if it's refined peanut oil just to be safe. Geez!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]

On Jan 8, 2007

Full details on what is/is not required by the law can be found at [url="http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/wh-alrgy.html"]http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/wh-alrgy.html[/url] Including... [b]Are there any foods exempt from the new labeling requirements? [/b] Yes. Under FALCPA, raw agricultural commodities (generally fresh fruits and vegetables) are exempt as are highly refined oils derived from one of the eight major food allergens and any ingredient derived from such highly refined oil.

and

[b]How will food labels change as a result of FALCPA? [/b] FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in one of two ways.

[b]The first option[/b] for food manufacturers is to include the name of the food source in parenthesis following the common or usual name of the major food allergen in the list of ingredients in instances when the name of the food source of the major allergen does not appear elsewhere in the ingredient statement. For example:

Ingredients: Enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and/or cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, vanilla, natural and artificial flavoring) salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), lecithin (soy), mono-and diglycerides (emulsifier)

[b]The second option[/b] is to place the word "Contains" followed by the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived, immediately after or adjacent to the list of ingredients, in type size that is no smaller than the type size used for the list of ingredients. For example:

Contains Wheat, Milk, Egg, and Soy

On Jan 8, 2007

That is ridiculous! My husband is one who checks the allergy warning or the may contains label and that's it. He never checks the entire ingredient list. He thinks I go to far! He said that's why I take forever when I go shopping. My son doesn't trust him anyway. He always brings the food to me to check.

I don't know how peanut oil could be in a product and not in the allergy warning!

On Jan 8, 2007

Great. So we still have to worry about natural flavorings containing peanut oil? (or any nut oil for that matter).

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Jan 9, 2007

this is troubling. even IF peanut oil is technically not dangerous for those with PA (which i've heard certain types aren't), i still don't want my daughters consuming it and i don't want it in my home. if it contains peanut in any form, i don't want it in my house. i have also noticed peanut flour cropping up in so many products lately - many products that formerly did not contain peanut flour. peanut flour and peanut oil seem to be on the rise.

On Jan 9, 2007

just wanted to add that the use of peanut flour and peanut oil doesn't necessarily bother me; just that the labeling should be very, very clear if products begin to use these sources of peanut. i guess it's the lack of labeling that bothers me more than the use of peanut products.

On Jan 9, 2007

I'm not an exper on this but in my opinion, Regarding peanut oil Depending on how they process it you never now how much or how little peanut protein is in it. Sunflower oil too is refined and when my son ate Tostitos Tortilla chips one time he was fine and the next time he was not. We are not guaranteed how they process something that all the protein is really out of the oil so I choose to stay away. Also our allergist told us that to watch out for vegetable protein as it may be a peanut ingrediant.

On Jan 9, 2007

Yes, unfortunately this loophole is written into the statute, so refined peanut oil (or any other refined oil)isn't subject to the labeling requirements. Even if they wanted to change this, FDA doesn't have the authority.

On Jan 9, 2007

HI, I was just going to call Publix corporation today. Their premium ice cream is labeled for eggs, milk and soy, BUT there is peanut oil as the fourth or fifth ingredient. I almost missed it as I usually just read the bold print that states the allergens. I'm going to call anyway, but now I know the answer. Beth

On Jan 9, 2007

hi

[This message has been edited by onedayatatime (edited September 11, 2007).]

On Jan 13, 2007

reraising to go along w/the Pizza Hut discussion on refined peanut oil.

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