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Allergenic Food Traces Found In Food With – And Without – Advisory Labels

August 12, 2010: 10:18 AM EST
U.S. researchers who tested food products for allergenic residues of egg, milk and peanuts found that those with allergenic advisory labels (e.g., ‘‘may contain’’ or ‘‘made in a facility that processes’’) and those without such labels contained allergenic residues. Samples of nonperishable foods were collected from supermarkets across eight categories: baking mixes, chocolate candies, non-chocolate candies, cookies, salty snacks, cold cereals, pastas and pancake mixes. Residues were found in 5.3% of advisory-labeled products and in 1.9% of similar products without advisory labeling. The contamination problem was worse among baking mixes (5 of 80) and in foods from small companies: 5.1% compared with 0.75% from large companies. “These findings indicate a real risk for consumers and highlight the need to increase awareness among manufacturers, particularly from smaller companies,” researchers cautioned.
Lara S. Ford, Steve L. Taylor, Robert Pacenza, Lynn M. Niemann, Debra M. Lambrecht, Scott H. Sicherer et al., "Food allergen advisory labeling and product contamination with egg, milk, and peanut", The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, August 12, 2010, © Elsevier Inc
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