For those managing food allergies, it’s important to read food labels to make informed and safe choices. Recently in the news, undeclared food allergens have been climbing. This means, when a food company discovers that one or more of the eight major allergens (egg, milk, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts) was inadvertently mixed into the product, it contaminated the food with the allergen that could potentially cause an adverse reaction with the worst being anaphylaxis. After the discovery, usually a product recall is listed from the manufacturer with the undeclared allergen(s).
As diligent as we may be in reading food labels, the food manufacturing companies may miss an important allergen which would also be listed as a product recall. What can you do to be sure you’re receiving these alerts and staying up-to-date on the recalls?
You can sign-up to receive food allergy alerts and product recalls from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team) or Kids with Food Allergies. Any of these organizations will post the product recalls and food allergy alerts for missed allergens. This is a free service from each of these organizations and it’s not required to be a member to receive the notices.
Remember to always read the entire food label and not just the “contains” statement or the bold print of listed allergens. If you have any questions about the food product, contact the manufacturer.
In optimal health,