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Food Allergy Resources: Product Safety & Labeling
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Product Safety & Labeling
Food allergens aren't constrained to common foods. Household creams, cosmetics, shampoos — even pet food — can contain unsafe ingredients. By learning to properly read labels — and teaching your food-allergic child to do the same — you will minimize your child's risk of an allergic reaction.
Learning how to read ingredient labels is an essential skill for parents of children with food allergies. Remember these tips the next time you shop.
Ingredients derived from food allergens are frequently added to creams, cosmetics, hair care products and more. Make sure your child's allergens aren't hiding in that bottle of shampoo or diaper cream.
Minimize your child's risk of an allergic reaction by eliminating cross contamination in your home.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) was passed by Congress to ensure clear labeling of food. Read the Act's most frequently asked questions here.
Current U.S. food labeling regulations allow for an item to be labeled as "nondairy" on the package even if it has casein in it — a milk protein.
Learn what extra steps you must take to make sure a product is safe for your food-allergic child.
Parents should not rely on Kosher labeling alone to determine if a product is safe for their food-allergic child. Find out why.
Natural flavoring, a catchall term used on food labels, merits special scrutiny for those of us reading labels for a food-allergic child.
Don't forget about Fido's food! Pay special attention to any pet food, toys or treats you may have at home, as they might contain your child's food allergens too.
You can play an important public health role by reporting to the FDA any adverse reactions to products the agency regulates.
Will your child know what his allergens look like should he encounter them in his environment?
Become familiar with this list of non-food household items that are also potential sources of allergens.
For some families managing restricted diets, Kosher for Passover foods can offer food options not available during other times of the year.