Allergy sufferers may soon get good news. A bill has just been proposed in Congress that would require food manufacturers to more clearly identify the eight major allergens – shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, etc.), eggs, milk, wheat, fish and soybeans – on food labels. Currently, many food labels lump these items into categories called “natural flavors,” “spices” and “colorings,” or they list them by their technical names. If you don’t know what “sodium casein” is, for instance, you might not realize that your can of tuna contains milk. And that can be a serious problem if you or your child is allergic to dairy foods. Each year, food allergies are responsible for 29,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths.
(Source: Alternative Medicine Magazine, Jan/Feb 2003)