March 30, 2009

Great Article of Allergymom.com

I subscribe the the monthly subscribtion from allergmom.com and I find that they have great articles. This one I found especially interesting.


Food Without Warning Labels Still Contains Allergens

Filed under: UncategorizedGina Clowes March 22, 2009 @ 3:06 pm (Views: 859)

Precautinary labeling is a source of confusion for many. Some believe that if a product does not contain a “may contains” or other warning, that it is safe from cross-contamination. A new study shows that that is untrue. Almost 2% of the products without a warning label actually contained the allergen, and 5.3% of the advisory labeled products contained the allergen.

I guess the moral of the story is to heed the warnings because at least one in 20 of these products actually do contain the allergen but also to keep in mind that even if a product does not have a warning label, you still cannot be 100% sure that it is safe. Explains some of those “mystery reactions” we’ve all experienced.

TUESDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) — Some food products without “may contain” allergy advisory labels may still be contaminated with allergens, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology held March 13 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

Compared to similar products with no allergens declared, the researchers found that products with advisory labels were less likely to contain egg (1.8 percent versus 2.6), and more likely to contain milk (10.2 percent versus 3 percent) or peanut (4.5 percent versus 0 percent).

Also…
Meanwhile, a separate study at the University of Nebraska found that terms used to describe the possible presence of milk fat or protein (such as “may contain” or “produced in a facility that also processes milk products”) do not necessarily correlate with the likelihood of actual milk presence.

The Nebraska study also found that milk was commonly present in products with a variety of labeling terms: 23 of 50 labeled as “may contain milk” 13 of 57 with “shared equipment” language 9 of 40 with “shared facility” language 16 of 29 with milk listed as a “minor” ingredient 1 of 3 with other labeling terminology

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