About 12 million Americans have food allergies. Severe ones trigger 30,000 annual emergency-room visits, and 150 to 200 deaths a year.
More and more foods bear precautionary labels, but there’s a disconnect. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, an influential consumer group, counts at least 30 different ways that the warnings are worded – and consumers too often falsely assume that one food is riskier than another because its label sounds scarier.
The FDA will begin public hearings on this matter starting Sept 16, a first step in developing a long term strategy to handle the problem.
What to look for at the Supermarket:
If you or your child has an allergy, you probably know better than us what to look for, and where. Please share your tips and guidelines with other readers.