Our son has a serious peanut and tree nut allergy. My confusion and anger is that the so-called blessing of legislation requiring labeling apparently isn't strong enough, isn't enforced, or isn't followed, due to accidental or purposeful negligence.
For instance, Hostess (in U.S.), obviously a major company, so you'd think they'd care about the legislation. Yet their powdered donuts for instance have no statement about allergens. So when you call them about chance of cross-contamination, they are very non-committal, citing various plants, blah blah excuses excuses!!! How can they get away with not labeling, even with a "cross-contamination possibility" statement!
Does an unsuspecting parent who doesn't see a warning who then feeds and kills their child need to be the impetus for change?!?!?
I guess the moral of the story is that legislation, laws, rules, etc.... well they're all made to be broken and certainly the government doesn't have the time to check and enforce the allergy legislation!
Btw, if you read this from Canada, consider yourself luckier... Canada is much more vigilant about allergy labeling... I swear my blood pressure goes down when I see such clear labeling (with graphics even!) on food (i.e. Kit Kats up there... some are safe and some aren't ... but the safe ones ARE CLEARLY OUTWARDLY LABELED!!!!!
On Sep 18, 2008
The law is to state what is IN the food, not what COULD be in from cross contamination. Ingredients have to be in plain english. Listing for possible cross contamination or made in facility with, is not the law. We use Hostess, the ones that they told me are nut free. They do list what are in their donuts, eggs, milk, wheat and soy.