What is the difference between........

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2003 - 12:16pm
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What is the difference between "may contain" and "traces of"? I know when I have called companies they have explained it to me but the last comapany did not go with the same definition I have been going by......
What guidelines does a company use to determine the labels??

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Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 4:23am
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I'm not sure about the companies, but to me they both mean the same thing.
I can't eat it.

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 4:33am
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To me if the label said "contains traces of" I think it would mean shared equipment with no washing. The "may contain" statements seem to be shared equipment with washing or one line next to the other with the chance of protein contamination with a nut product. That of course is just my understanding of various explanations given to me.

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 6:17am
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Ginger, to me, they both mean the same thing which would also mean a 1 in 5 chance of the product actually containing peanut products. The only label I differentiate is the "made in a facility that also manufactures peanuts" and that's based on the 1 in 12 chance of the product containing peanut products.
At any rate, both "may contain" and "made in" are off limits in my comfort zone.
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