Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Truth in Labeling: Can the FDA Improve Allergen Warnings?

By Sean Kelley

Pick up a bag of Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. Under the list of ingredients—sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, and soy lecithin—you’ll find this phrase: Made in a facility that also processes peanuts.

Seeing this warning for the first time after our son Graeme was diagnosed with multiple multiple food allergies scared the hell out of me. Is there wheat in his oatmeal? Could a peanut be lurking in his yogurt-covered raisins? Even a minuscule amount of the wrong allergen could send him into anaphylactic shock. Read More
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