- What should I do if I have a reaction to a product
that should not have caused a reaction?
- Do not discard the product as it may be needed for
analysis. Wrap up the product and secure it in a location
where it won't be accidentally eaten again. If it is
perishable, store it in the freezer.
- Have available any identifying product code
- Report the reaction to the manufacturer. Keep a
record of the date and company contact for future
- Report the reaction to the appropriate government
- Report the reaction to your local Alliance membership
organization (click here for a
list of links).
- Discuss the reaction with your doctor.
- How can I tell what a company's policy is
- Contact the manufacturer and ask about their food
allergy labeling policy.
- May contain is appearing on many labels. Some food
products now include this message but the ingredients
haven't changed. Should I ignore this type of allergy
- The use of "may contain" or "allergy information"
statements on product labels is often not regulated by
the government. Companies use these messages on a
voluntary basis. As a result, guidelines for the use of
these allergy statements vary from one company to
another. Some of these foods represent a genuine and
legitimate risk, while others may pose very minimal risk.
It is therefore advisable to avoid a food product if it
has a warning about a food to which you are
- For More Information
Many of the Alliance members have information on their
websites about labeling that is specific to their
countries. To view this information, click the links
- Anaphylaxis Australia
- Anaphylaxis Canada
- Association Québécoise des Allergies Alimentaires
- Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund e.V.
- Food Allergy Italia
- Food Allergy Partnership
- The Netherlands
- Nederlands Anafylaxis Netwerk
- New Zealand
- Allergy New Zealand
- Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association
- United Kingdom
- The Anaphylaxis Campaign
- The United States of America
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network