Allergen Avoidance Lists
The FDA food allergen label law requires foods to state if they contain a top 8 food allergen (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean shellfish). Foods that contain these allergens must say so in plain English. But, there are many foods and products that are not covered by the law, so it is still important to know how to read a label for allergens. Items that may use "hidden" names:
- Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
- Cosmetics and personal care products
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Pet food, toys and crafts
It is important to read every label, every time. Use our guides to help you find hidden allergens in your products. Small travel-size cards are also available to print.