Can you trust reading a food label to know if the food is safe for an allergic person?
The simple answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no – it depends upon the specific food manufacturer.
The laws in the United States require food manufacturers to label when one of the eight major allergens is an ingredient in the product. However, they do not require food manufacturers to place any additional warnings on food labels for the possibility of accidental cross-contamination with any of the eight major allergens. While some companies have voluntarily chosen to place “advisory warning/labeling” for cross-contamination, unfortunately, others have chosen not to.
The only way that you can tell if the information on a food label can be trusted regarding the possibility of cross-contamination with an allergen is to know the company’s policy on whether they label for cross-contamination or they do not.
I have spent countless hours contacting and researching food manufacturer’s policies on labeling. This website was started to share what I have learned with others that buy food for an allergic person. It will allow you to determine if a particular food manufacturer’s label, in and of itself, can be trusted or if you need additional information to determine if the product is safe for your allergic person.
The website can be used by you without registering. However, the free registration process will allow you to create your own “Approved Lists” of foods that can be printed or shared with family, friends, teachers and others. Also, if you are registered, you will receive emails and important updates.
So how do you quickly start using this website?
Look for a food brand by name under the alphabetical menu above.
See if they are marked as a "trusted labeler." This will tell you if the company has a policy to use "advisory labeling" on their products or not.
When shopping you will know if you can trust the labels. If the company is a "trusted labeler" all the information needed to make an informed decision will be on the label.
Do not forget to make a list of your "trusted labelers" and take it to the grocery store.