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All About Food Labels

Words of Warning About Food Labels

Food labels must state if the product contains ingredients that contain protein from the eight main allergenic foods. These include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Crustacean shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

The label might say "Contains milk" or "Contains peanuts." This is lifesaving information for people allergic to these foods.

The bottom line: read the Nutrition Facts on your food labels. Let food labels work for you as you establish healthful eating habits.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD on May 24, 2014

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