Labelling rules in the USA

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 4:02am
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HI there I was just wondering if anyone could give me some info regarding the food labelling laws in the USA. Our family is planning a trip to Florida in the summer and I have a son thatis severely allergic to Peanut and tree nuts. I need to find out whats the laws are . Do they HAVE to write down if the food has or contains nuts?? Or is it just an option?? What would really help is, If anyone out there has a list of safe food snacks available in the USA. Boy that would be the biggest help ever! Also is Mc Donalds and burger king considered safe there?? Thank you very much for all your help

Jill

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 7:07am
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Hi Jill, Burger King and McDonalds both have charts on their website showing which allergens are in each food item. We do eat at both, but the only dessert we allow is ice cream at McDonalds. You should check it out for yourself though. The sites are [url="http://www.burgerking.com"]www.burgerking.com[/url] and [url="http://www.mcdonalds.com"]www.mcdonalds.com[/url] and the charts are under nutrition info.
The law requiring labeling of food allergens has passed in the Senate and now awaiting a vote in the House. Hopefully it will pass, but for now, they aren't required to label. I have noticed recently more companies labeling for allergens.
As far as the safe snack list, there are some listed here, but personally I would wait until closer to the date you come and then pose the question again in a more read forum. So many things change and I would hate to give you a list now and have something change.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 7:25am
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Hi thank you very much for the response. ok well at least I know we can eat at Mcd's and burger king thats good. Where is the place that the safe snack lists are? Sorry Iam fairly new to this.
Thanks again Jill

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 10:14pm
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Jill,
If you are going to Disney, check out the Travel board. There is lots of good information on the wonderful job Disney does in regard to food allergies.
We trust McDonald's & Wendy's & Arby's ourselves, but I would check them out yourself to make sure you feel comfortable with them. I'm leary of Burger King as there is talk of deep fried PB&J balls. As far as snacks, I would ask again a little closer to your trip as it seems things change a lot here in regards to the safety of snack items. Right now, we feel safe with Pepperidge Farms Goldfish (not the Sandwich kind), Teddy Grams, Most Lay's potato chips, Rold Gold Pretzels. We usually avoid any kind of chocolate here & also most bakery items. Although, we do trust Krispy Kreme doughnuts that are made in a Krispy Kreme store (some are made in the grocery store bakery).
You might post in the travel section or even the main section as this section doesn't get visited too often.
Lea
mom to DD, almost 4, PA & TNA, diagnosed at 18 months
mom to DS, 1 today, no allergies yet :-)
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Posted on: Sat, 04/10/2004 - 12:44am
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The lists I believe are in the schools forum and the Manufacturers food Safe and Unsafe. I will try to raise them if I can find them.
We also eat at Wendys, and as far as the pb things at BK, I know they talked about it but in all the BKs Ive ever been in, Ive never seen them, and when I checked their nutrition list, they have nothing on there that is even a "may contain" for peanuts. I know some people emailed about that and I think they said they had given up the idea.
You can keep an eye out there for Philly Swirls, ice cream made in a nut free, peanut free plant which is actually located in Florida and you can go for tours.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/2004 - 4:52am
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Just to be clear on US laws:
All ingrediants in the food product must be listed on the label.
Until the proposed law passes, manufacturers are not required to label for foods produced on the same equipment as products containing peanuts. Some manufacturers choose to voluntarily label their products if they, "May contain traces of peanuts." If there is no warning, you have to know whether the manufactuer labels voluntarily or if they do not label at all. This list is probably the best place to find out about a specific manufacturer or you can check their company web page.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/2004 - 10:14pm
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i live in the U.S. and they are not required to label their products, my dtr is pa and i find alot of products from canada here which i know is safe for her..some items do have a may contain label on them if it does not i avoid it. i trust mcdonalds here she has never had a problem with them, we have never eaten at burger king (dont like their fries) so i dont know if that is safe for her. but most products do have a my contain label which i'm finding more and more. hope this helps..michelle mom to jordan 7yrs pa-reaction free at the moment..

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/2004 - 11:43pm
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Quote:Originally posted by jmarcustry:
[b]i live in the U.S. and they are not required to label their products, my dtr is pa and i find alot of products from canada here which i know is safe for her..some items do have a may contain label on them if it does not i avoid it. i trust mcdonalds here she has never had a problem with them, we have never eaten at burger king (dont like their fries) so i dont know if that is safe for her. but most products do have a my contain label which i'm finding more and more. hope this helps..michelle mom to jordan 7yrs pa-reaction free at the moment..[/b]
Hi jmarcustry thank you for your response. Do youh appen to have a list of safe snacks that you give your son on a regulare basis?? if so would it be possible for you to e-mail it to me??? ANy help is much appreciated. Thanks again
Jill

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