‘May contain traces of nuts’ labels aren’t always present in foods that could be cross contaminated. from www.shutterstock.com
Our new study has found packaged foods can contain allergens even when there is no listed ingredient or even warning on the label (such as “may contain traces of nuts”).
Paediatricians, allergy/immunology specialists, nurses and dietitians from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy reported there were 14 cases of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction causing skin rash, vomiting, difficulty breathing or even death) to packaged foods over a nine-month period. Of those reactions, 50% were reported from foods that didn’t have a warning statement.
The reports of anaphylactic episodes to products both with and without a warning is of concern, as it suggests there is no reliable labelling system that can inform people with allergies if their food choice is a safe one.