Its a jungle out there knowing how to correctly read labels, and what to look out for. If only it were as simple as to just look for nuts or traces of nuts, or egg , etc. Its an acquired and necessary ability you need to have if you or someone you know suffers from food allergies, knowing what to look for – and it isn’t easy. We are constantly learning.
Remember to ALWAYS read the label, even if its the same product you’ve always trusted. Ingredients and production factories/facilities are constantly changing recipes and equipment. The safe product you were enjoying just last month, may now have the foodallergen in it. If you can’t read the label, don’t buy it – or better yet, try to call the manufacturer. If you have doubts, call the manufacturer. I always do this when buying chocolate with my TN and PN allergic daughter, because its rare to find safe chocolate – so I am always suspicious when one comes along that reads “safe”.
We have tried to gather information here on this page to help along in the jungle of label reading. And don’t forget to check all household items, such as shampoos and body lotions etc. The allergens hide everywhere. Be AWARE! Do check back frequently as this page will continue to be updated. We are ALWAYS gathering and learning more.
Here are some tips on how to read labels for the most common allergens:
(information gathered from www.kidswithfoodallergies.org)
Also be AWARE of the dangers of cross-contamination:
SCIENTIFIC NAMES FOR NUTS:
- almond/mandel (Amygdalus communis L.)
- hazlenut/hasselnöt (Corylus avellana)
- walnut/valnöt (Juglans regia)
- cashewnut/cashewnöt (Anacardium occidentale)
- pecannut/pekannöt (Carya illinoinensis [Wangenh.] K. Koch)
- Brazilnut/paranöt (Bertholletia excelsa)
- pistachionut/pistaschmandel (Pistacia vera)
- macadamianut and Queensland nut/ makadamianöt och Queenslandsnöt (Macadamia ternifolia)