New to forum, 23 month old PA daughter. Question about food labels

Posted on: Thu, 05/29/2008 - 1:55pm
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Hi All,

I am mother to a 23 month old daughter diagnosed with peanut allergy at 15 months. Her first reaction was a contact reaction. She has had two other reaction via cross contamination with other caregivers. We are always looking for the most relevant information about peanut allergy and are happy to find support in this forum. Our daughters allergy has changed our lives, we are now more aware of the difficulties our society creates for food allergic individuals and are committed to educating our world. I hope to share any experiences that are helpful and gain knowledge via your experiences.

I did have a question about the food labels. I am under the impression that all ingredients must be labeled and that allergens are required to be labeled, however, I know that only sometimes is there a separate bold caption indicating the allergens. Does anyone know the laws on this, do they apply to all consumer foods? Why do some labels not have the allergen indication below the food list even though they obviously have wheat, milk, soy, etc. in the list? If you have answers to any of these I appreciate your thoughts.
Sincerely,
Dnash

Posted on: Fri, 05/30/2008 - 12:18am
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Here is a webpage that describes the law. [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/labeling.html"]Food Labeling[/url]
The top eight allergens have to be listed in plain english. The company may choose to list the common name after the uncommon name in the ingredient list or they may choose to do a Contains statement.
The law only applies to foods regulated by the FDA. I believe that they do not regulate meat poultry and eggs.
The law does not require that companies put on a may contain, processed in, or packaged in statements on their labels to help identify cross contact with allergens during processing or packaging. Some companies voluntarily do this.
Hope that this helps. If you want more info there is a lot available on the FDA website.
Lisa

Posted on: Fri, 05/30/2008 - 5:33am
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[b]I believe that they do not regulate meat poultry and eggs[/b]
You are correct. The USDA does not require this type of labeling.

Posted on: Tue, 06/03/2008 - 6:43am
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Thank you! The information was very useful, it is especially important to know that the "may contain" is voluntary. I appreciate your help and link.

Posted on: Thu, 06/05/2008 - 12:31am
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Welcome to the board dnash! My dd was also diagnosed young and is now a healthy vibrant 10 year old who's had no reactions since. I don't mean that everyone will have that experience but it certainly can happen. This board has helped me for many years and still continues to be a source of support today.

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