Labelling going nut crazy
Nut labelling on pre-packed food products until recently fell under the straight forward headings of contains and may contain. But such is the panic surrounding shoppers’ allergy to nuts. Retailers are now starting to use the ‘nut crazy’ or ‘belt & braces’ approach to their labelling. Reading the labels of the supermarket’s own branded products, you begin to wonder if there is a product on the shelf that’s suitable for people with a nut allergy.
To address this ‘nut crazy’ approach the Can I Eat It? App in its 1.2 version update (now in the App Store!) is separating out the ‘contains’ and the ‘may contain traces’ allergens from its default ‘I can’t eat’ settings. The standard default ‘I can’t eat’ settings will triage the listed allergens in the products ingredients. The additional ‘I can’t settings adds the ‘may contain’ ingredients. This will give the user option of simple triage of the product’s allergens or the ‘belt & braces approach!
Can I Eat It? Version 1.2
Contains: ‘I can’t eat’ default setting for the listed allergens:
This applies for when a product contains any of the listed allergen: cereals, egg, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, lactose, milk, mustard, soya, nuts, peanuts, sesame and sulphites.
May contain traces: The additional ‘belt & braces’ settings for the listed allergens:
This applies, for example, when a product does not contain nuts; but the factory or its machinery uses or was previously used for a product that contained nuts!
This applies, for example, when the product does not contain nuts, the factory does not use nuts, but the producer or retailer can’t guarantee that the product is nut free!
This applies, for example, when there are no nuts in the ingredients, the product is made in a nut free area, but nuts are used elsewhere. The producer or the retailer can’t guarantee that the product’s nut free.
This applies, for example, when the recipe does not contain nuts, but it is listed as not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of the product.
Always double check the packet if your food intolerance is life-threatening as some products are made with the same recipe, but in different factories.
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