Food Label Requirements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controls food labels in the United States. To protect children and adults, the FDA mandates food labels must clearly list the eight most common foods to produce an allergic reaction. Ninety percent of food allergies are caused by these eight ingredients:
- Tree nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts, etc. )
- Shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp)
While the FDA requires manufacturers to identify foods that contain these allergens, the regulations do not currently require manufacturers to specify if food was processed in a facility that also manufactures food allergens, although some manufacturers do so voluntarily. For adults and children who are highly allergic, this information about cross-contact is critical because the consumer can still be exposed to the allergen even though the food product does not intentionally include the allergen.
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