\"NATURAL INGREDIENTS\"

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 1:17am
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I HAVE FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED THE TERM "NATURAL INGREDIENTS" OR "SPICES" WHEN READING INGREDIENT LABELS. JUST CURIOUS...DOES ANYONE ELSE GET PERPLEXED BY THIS GENERALIZATION? DO YOU BUY THE PRODUCTS OR AVOID THEM? I'M NEW TO DEALING WITH A PA CHILD AND THIS SEEMS LIKE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH LABELING. THANKS FOR ANY INPUT.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 3:24am
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Nuttymom, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I have been dealing with PA for 6 years now (which really doesn't mean anything because you can learn something new every day) and I have yet to call about natural flavourings, artificial flavourings, or colourings. I know that this is one area where I have not been *tight* enough, if you will.
I remember a couple of years ago at least, another member had posted that she hadn't checked out either natural or artificial flavourings on I believe movie theatre popcorn and it was the owner of this board, Chris, who came in to *chastize* her, if you will.
It is something that a LOT of people are quite diligent about and do call manufacturers about. It has been something that has crossed my mind, certainly.
Spices, yes, the same feelings about that as well, but again, have not called.
If you care to do a search of the board, you may find some older material about what other members have found out about natural flavourings, artificial flavourings, colourings and spices that may or may not be helpful to you.
And hopefully you'll get someone who answers in this thread who actually does inquire about these things.
It's one area where I recognize I am being somewhat lax.
Oh, a starting place to find out manufacturer contact information, if you would like to contact anyone to ask about their flavourings, etc. would be [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] It has American and Canadian manufacturers listed, their allergy information, and also contact information. That's where I always go when I want to check out a manufacturer and also when I need to get their contact information.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 3:28am
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This may be country specific though. I believe there's a law in Canada that states any peanut product must be labelled as such, not hidden under "natural flavourings". That's why we, Canadians, don't have to worry about this, unless you're allergic to more than just peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 3:35am
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darthcleo, yes in Canada peanuts, sesame seeds, and some of the other major allergens are not allowed to be added as *spices* or *flavourings* but instead do have to be listed separately as an ingredient.
I once tried to look the information up for US, but I was not able to find it. That doesn't necessarily mean they don't have the same law - but I was not able to confirm that they do.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 3:50am
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I think the US does have the same law. I remember a company told me that they abide by such a law when I called them about a Hazelnut flavored coffee creamer that didn't list any nut related products in the ingredient list. They said by law if it contains any of the major allergenic foods it MUST list them by their common name. However, maybe that was a Canadian company -- Carnation -- but you would think the law applied to the country where the product was sold, not manufactured... Kristin

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 4:47am
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I don't know if it is a law in the US, however, I recently spoke to the producer of KC Masterpiece marinade and they told me that they did have nut products in their "flavorings" despite the fact this was not listed on the label. I have spoken to many companies and most say they don't "hide" ingredients...but apparently some still do. Good luck.
Polly

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2004 - 1:54am
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THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR INPUT. I'LL TRY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT THE LAW IS IN THE U.S.

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 3:15pm
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There is no such law in the US. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has been passed by the United States Senate & and will now be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. It still has a ways to go before it becomes a law. (if it does) You can get more info here:
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/labeling.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/labeling.html[/url]
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Ellen
Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA
[This message has been edited by ElleMo (edited May 01, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 11:01pm
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If I buy something new that lists natural flavorings or spices I will call the manufacturer. I am in the US. We have other food allergies besides PA so I do call.

Posted on: Sat, 05/01/2004 - 8:15am
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Ellemo is absolutely correct in her post re:the US. One aspect of the FALCPA legislation she references is that it will [i]close the additive loophole[/i] by requiring ingredient statements to take
into account if any allergens were used in the spices, natural or artificial
flavorings, additives, and colorings of a food item.

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/2004 - 11:11am
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I am really bothered by what I read in Polly66's thread re: KC Masterpiece. Do they really have nut products in their "flavorings"?? I am going to e-mail them tonight. I have used this before for BBQ sauce and others. I have a bottle in my pantry right now...Golden Honey Dijon. I know my ds has eaten it. I can't believe this! I am PISSED now. I know it is MY fault...I am responsible to call and question natural flavorings...I guess I just found it too hard to believe that they would ever do that.

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