Safe products I can buy in the States and U.S. Product labelling rules



We'll be in NYC soon and we rented a suite with kitchenette. We'll be driving from Ontario and bringing a good amount of food but as I am not familiar with labelling laws in the States, can someone tell me if the U.S. is dilligent about labelling allergens, and also what treats are safe to eat in the States (i.e. breads, baked goods, candy, ice cream brand, etc.) Thanks!!!

[This message has been edited by Nicole2 (edited July 15, 2006).]

On Jul 15, 2006

You might want to try sifting through the manufacturers (safe and unsafe) board. I think there's a list on there somewhere of safe US companies.

Companies here aren't required by law to list cross-contamination, but a lot of companies do (which again, there's a list somewhere). What they ARE required to do is list the top 8 allergens in plain english. Like if something has whey in it, they are required to mention somewhere that there is milk in the product, usually it's after the ingredients and will say CONTAINS: MILK.

But keep in mind that's only for food products. You probably won't be needing to buy cosmetics or OTC medicines/herbal remedies on your trip, but those aren't covered in the law. So if you *do* plan on buying them, make sure you know the weird names for peanut.

On Mar 14, 2007

Hi I will be going to NY state from Canada for some shopping. Will buy Sunbutter, Philly Swirl and Moonpies as these are labelled as peanut/nut free. I was wondering what my US friends would recommend as far as companies with great labelling practices, or that label for cross contamination for peanuts/treenuts. I appreciate any help.

On Mar 15, 2007

I forgot to add I will be shopping at Hannaford and the Walmart super store. Thanks

On Mar 16, 2007

Hi. I am leaving tomorrow afternoon. Can anyone help and let me know which major brands have excellent labelling and label well for cross contamination. Thanks so much!!

On Mar 16, 2007

I think some people may be hesitant to answer because this is such an individualized thing and comfort zones definitely play a role here. Some people call companies, some don't. Some trust shared lines with allergen wash, some don't.

I found a thread about namebrands people trust, but it's from 2003.


As for my family, we find that we trust General Mills and we think they label well. That includes Betty Crocker. We also trust Frito-Lay.

Philly-Swirl is totally peanut/tree nut free.

Ian's foods have an allergen policy--look for the red banner. [url=""][/url]

From their website: Ian

On Mar 16, 2007

Thanks for your help. I will keep your suggestions in mind.

On Mar 16, 2007

Sorry I wasn't much help, but the U.S. doesn't have all the terrific nut free products that Canada has! Baby steps over here, but I still hope we'll get the same kind of products here someday.

I also found this thread that has some products from the U.S. in it:


I hope you have a nice trip.

[This message has been edited by Lori Anne (edited March 16, 2007).]

On May 28, 2007

Thanks LorieAnn. Found the chocolate Philly swirl bars this weekend in NY state, my kids were thrilled.

On May 28, 2007

Terrific! My dd loves those too. [img][/img]

On Jun 3, 2007

Tootsie's website says that all their products are peanut-free. We love them- tootsie rolls, Dots, Andes mints, etc.