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How to Read a Label for Soy Allergy

October 2009

Soy Allergy Avoidance List
Hidden ingredient names for soy protein

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Effective January 1, 2006, foods covered by the FDA labeling laws that contain soy must be labeled in plain English to declare that it “contains soy.” However, there are many foods and products that are not covered by FDA allergen labeling laws, so it is still important to know how to read a label for soy ingredients.

Products exempt from plain English labeling rules: foods that are not regulated by the FDA, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over‐the‐counter medications or supplements, pet food, toys and crafts.

*The FDA has exempted soy oil from being labeled as an allergen.

The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of soy protein. All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.

Contain Soy:

Edamame (soybeans in pods)
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Kinnoko flour
Kyodofu (freeze dried tofu)
Soybeans Miso
Okara (soy pulp)
Shoyu sauce
Soy albumin
Soy bran
Soy concentrate
Soy fiber
Soy flour
Soy formula
Soy grits
Soy milk
Soy miso
Soy nuts
Soy nut butter
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate

Soy sauce
Soy sprouts
Soya Flour
Soybean granules
Soybean curd
Soybean flour
Soy lecithin*
Soybean paste
Teriyaki sauce
Textured soy flour (TSF)
Textured soy protein (TSP)
Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Yuba (bean curd)

*Products that are covered by the FDA labeling laws and contain soy lecithin must be labeled "contains soy".

May Contain Soy:

Artificial flavoring
Asian foods (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.)
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Natural flavoring
Vegetable broth
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch

Should be Safe:

Soy oil
Vegetable oil derived from soy

These soy derivatives should be safe for most soy-allergic individuals.

Soy Free Recipes from Safe Eats™

The following free recipes are available for you to preview the quality of our Safe Eats™ Recipes for the avoidance of soy. To access all of our great allergen-free recipes, sign up for a Family Membership.

Fruity Chicken & Rice Salad

Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free Rice Nog

Milk-Free, Soy-Free Hot Chocolate
Top 8 Alergen-Free Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Cookies

(Free of Top 8 Allergens)

This recipe is for Family Members only.

Approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team February 2007. Revised August 2008 and October 2009.

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