Food-Allergic Consumer’s Perspective on Ingredient Labeling . Anne Munoz-Furlong FAAN. Objectives. Profile of the food-allergic consumer Discuss food allergy labeling information Provide consumer’s perspective on threshold levels. FAAN. Non-profit organization, established in ’91
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To increase public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis.
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Would Never purchase a product that says:
One FAAN member of a soy-allergic child who had safely eaten soy lecithin in the past, gave a packaged product to the child.
Afterward, she read the label “Contains Soy”, and screamed “it now contains soy!”
Child had itching, hives , rash, feeling of impending doom. Mom administered medication –reaction or panic attack?
We should not subject consumers to this type of stress
We must protect the integrity of the ingredient information because the food-allergic consumer depends on this information to avoid an allergic reaction and to maintain their health and safety