How to become a food label 'detective'
Food labelling rules in Australia state that the ten most common allergens (peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat, sesame, lupin and soy) must be declared on packaging.1
However, allergens or allergen warning signs are not always easy to find on the labels of packaged food.
If you are shopping for someone with a food allergy you need to be aware of what these words are.
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Handy tips for reading food labels.
• If a packaged food is labelled ‘Free from...’ still take the time to read the food label.
• Take extra care with imported packaged food.
• If the packaged food comes in different sizes, check the largest size pack to see if there is more information.• Always remember that labels and ingredients can change. Don’t assume that it will always be the same ‘as the last time’.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Allergen labelling. 2018. Available from: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/foodallergies/Pages/Allergen-labelling.aspx (accessed Jun 2018)