\"May Contain traces\" - Is this warning required by law?

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 4:13am
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I noticed that Hamburger Helper now has a "may contain traces of peanuts". So I picked up the store brand version because it didn't have this warning. But we all know that the store brands are made at the same places as the company brand. So maybe they're just omitting the warning? I also avoid products that may contain nuts just in case the producers think that nuts and peanuts are the same.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 4:28am
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"May Contain Peanuts" is optional in the US! It is unfortunate but there is a serious lack of legislation. Go to the labeling section of this web page for more information.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 5:27am
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Oh, no they don't have to label that way... it is out of the kindness of their hearts! I had an interesting experience with a store brand of chocolate chips. I wondered if they were made in a chocolate only facility -and found out they were made on the same equipment as pb chips! These things were made by a wholesale place that sold them to different grocery stores... I was told it was up to the individual stores to make a label change. The more I read, the more I realize how prevalent nuts/peanuts are in manufacturing and how much out there should have this label on it... and doesn't!

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 11:53am
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No, this was something I only discovered a few months ago, after thinking I was doing everything right by reading the labels. In Canada, the manufacturers are not legally required to put "may contain" on. The larger manufacturers in both countries tend to, and that is why it is almost best to steer clear of "no name" or "store brand" because they constantly change manufacturers and do not usually label. However, here in Canada, I just posted under Manufacturers that IGA has finally started labeling their stuff with "may contain" which I must say I greatly appreciate. I stick to name brands from large companies that are usually fairly clear and whenever I have a question, I have found great links at [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] Then, I either e-mail or (God forbid) phone the manufacturer if I have to. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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