Decoding Food Allergy Labelling

Navigating the aisles with a food allergy

Whether you have recently received a food allergy diagnosis or have been managing dietary restrictions for a while, navigating the aisles can be a complex challenge.

Whilst you should have received a list of foods to avoid upon diagnosis, understanding product labels extends beyond a checklist: Does vegan mean it’s safe for my milk and egg allergic child? What does ‘may contain’ mean? Is ‘free-from’ safe?

Navigating food labels can be challenging as laws and products continue to change. We are here to help you understand how to read these, sometimes complex, labels.

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