Labels: Good News and Bad

in Food Allergy
Published: August 30, 2010

Products from smaller food companies are more likely to contain allergens, whether or not they had an advisory statement, according to a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Researchers there looked at 400 products to see how the labelling for allergens held up.

For example, almost 6 per cent of the products from smaller companies that didn’t have an advisory label for milk did, in fact, contain milk. “The bottom line is that it might be wise to exercise more caution with smaller companies,” says Dr. Lara Ford, a fellow at Mount Sinai. (Precautions include checking directly with a food maker.)

What they found for those with peanut allergies was more encouraging: out of all the products tested that did not have a warning for peanuts, none contained the allergen. However, for milk and egg, the two other allergens looked at in this study, there were a few products without these ingredients on the labels that in fact contained the allergen. Read the rest of the findings here.