Archive for the ‘Labeling’ Category

Irish survey points to overuse of food allergy labels

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 2nd, 2011

From IrishHealth.com: Most precautionary food allergen labels are unnecessary and the overuse of these labels restricts food choices for people with allergies, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said. According to the results of a food allergy survey, 94% of foods with precautionary allergen labelling did not contain detectable levels of the allergen referred to on the label. Check out the story here.

Teens’ study: 1-6 food products mislabeled

Posted by RoseBoccio on January 1st, 2010

From New York’s LongIslandPress.com: High school students analyzing food products found in their own kitchens discovered that one-sixth had been mislabeled, according to a DNA study released Monday. Out of 66 foods tested by Trinity School seniors Brenda Tan and Matthew Cost, 11 had labels listing ingredients that had been replaced, usually with cheaper or less desirable options. The pair found that a specialty “sheep’s milk” cheese was actually made with cow’s milk, and caviar labeled as “sturgeon” was actually Mississippi paddlefish. – Read more here.

FDA: Food labels need clarity, consistency

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 17th, 2008

From WebMD.com: Carefully reading food labels might not be enough to keep food allergy sufferers safe, according to the FDA. The agency held a public hearing Tuesday on food manufacturers’ use of “advisory labeling,” which indicates that a product could unintentionally contain trace amounts of an allergen, such as peanuts. Statements like “may contain (allergen)” or “produced on shared equipment that processes (allergen)” are common. – Check out the details here.

Company alters labeling to increase FA safety

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 9th, 2008

This article from the Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania) offers more than information on a company’s new labeling. The tips from AllergyMoms.com are right on! Check it out here: “A single, innocent parent oversight resulting in a child’s anaphylactic reaction to one of its allergy-friendly foods recently prompted one company to voluntarily strengthen the food allergy labeling on all of its products.”

Food labels need more info?

Posted by SB Anderson on July 26th, 2007

From Daytona Beach, Florida’s News-Journalonline.com: “It sounds ridiculous. But for an estimated 12 million Americans with severe food allergies, warnings provide much-needed notice that could help them avoid a trip to the emergency room or even the morgue — as many as 200 die each year from allergic reactions to all kinds of food. The problem comes when consumers try to decipher the warnings. Sometimes, they advertise something obvious — that a candy bar with almonds might contain, well, almonds. Or that whole-wheat bread probably contains gluten, a wheat protein. But some ingredients can be deceptive.” Read more here.

Wine producers question possible federal label law changes

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From California’s Wine Spectator Online: “Federal authorities are considering changing wine labeling laws to require vintners to list allergens such as egg whites and milk proteins that are often used to fine and clarify wine. The wine industry, however, is fighting the change, arguing that there’s little proof that such a warning on wine labels is appropriate or even necessary.” Read more here.