July 2001 Issue
Better Allergen Labeling
In response to a recent report of undisclosed allergens in foods (see EN, June 2001), the Food Allergy Issues Alliance, representing 18 food trade groups, has issued voluntary guidelines that call for identifying eight major allergens—eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soy, nuts, wheat and crustaceans (crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp)—even when they are a flavoring ingredient or an incidental additive. Moreover, labeling will be in "plain English" (for example, "milk" instead of "casein" and "egg" instead of "albumin") within the ingredient list
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