How do FDA regulations protect people with peanut allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

When you have a peanut allergy, it means that exposure to peanuts by digestion, skin contact or inhalation causes you to have an allergic reaction.

To protect people with peanut allergies and other food allergies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that food manufacturers clearly state on product labels if the eight most common allergenic foods are included in the ingredients. These substances include peanut, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, and soybeans. Even if a product contains the tiniest amount of one of these, it must be marked on the labels. This helps people with peanut allergies-and other food allergies-avoid food products that may trigger a severe reaction.

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