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December 22, 2005

New food allergen labeling law takes effect Jan 1st

Starting January 1st, food labels will have to disclose in plain language, whether products contain food allergens. The welcome law will take some of the interpretation and uncertainty in understanding the ingredients list. In other words, off the beaten path ingredients, such as casenite, will be clearly labeled (in this case, milk).

The new federal law will require labels to list ingredients from proteins, from any of the eight major food allergens. They include milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat and soybeans.

Although this new law helps with buying groceries, it will have an ancillary benefit in that if you ask restaurant workers to check ingredients, it will make it easier for them to report back what they found (or for you to read the label yourself, when there is a question).

Posted by David at December 22, 2005 10:51 AM