At the recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting, held March 4-7, 2016 in Los Angeles, Mary Jane Marchisotto MJ, et al. presented their survey-based research, revealing the fact that “more awareness and education is necessary to assist consumers with food allergies in their purchasing decisions.”
Among other findings in the survey were that many food allergic consumers are buying products despite the presence of a precautionary label such as ‘made in the same facility as’, ‘may contain’, or ‘made on shared equipment’. In addition, many individuals are not aware that food companies are not legally bound to include precautionary warnings on the label to caution the consumer regarding possible cross-contamination with allergens.
There has been a great deal of change in society with respect to allergy awareness and best practices in food manufacturing over the past decade or so. But there is still clearly still much work, education, and advocacy to be done.