Food Allergen Warnings Get Better

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

"I'm not supposed to eat cheese, and I love cheese."

Jacquelyn brown suffers from about 10 different food allergies. She makes peanut butter sandwiches for her nephew, but she has to stay away.

"I am allergic to peanuts. If I eat peanuts my throat starts to swell."

Brown is one of millions who struggles with reading food labels, but starting January 1 that's about to change.

The FDA is requiring manufacturers to put eight allergy triggering ingredients in clearer language on food labels, clearer allergen warnings on food labels.

"It'll make it a lot easier because a lot of things the way they are worded on the labels, people really do not know what's in there," said Brown.

The manufacturers will still list the scientific name of the ingredient on the label, but it'll also include the common name.

For example, products containing milk now say lactoferrin, but soon will include the words "made with milk." Robert Gibson is the director of nutrition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and says this is a major victory.

"It is a breakthrough because in the past is the labels have not been very specific,” he said.

"It's obviously a very serious thing with two percent of adults and about five percent of infants suffering from allergies at this point and some of them can be life threatening reactions."

A change to labeling that'll make life for allergy sufferers easier and safer.


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