“Good food labelling is vitally important to parents who have children with severe allergies. These reactions were triggered by my son coming into contact with (often invisible to the eye traces) NOT EVEN EATING his allergens. One reaction was from traces of a food eaten the day before. Imagine if he were to eat something with a trace of peanut, tree nut or egg in and his throat and tongue had reacted like that. Immediate onset means just that immediate. If you don't take the right action quickly enough then it doesn't bear thinking about.
Our children need honest food labelling so they can eat foods with as much confidence as possible. Blanket labelling to protect a company's reputation or to protect them from legal action is not the main purpose of allergy labelling, it is to help us make safe choices for our children or ourselves. We won't just sit back while this is being allowed to happen.”
This is a picture and text I used on my personal Facebook page in response to an ongoing disagreement a few of us allergy parents are having with Tesco's new allergy labelling “policies”. What we have noticed is that previously safe Tesco brand products are suddenly all having nut warnings added. These warnings are being added to the most random and unlikely products; bottled water, fruit juice, squash, yoghurt, pre packaged veg and to more commonly labelled but previously safe biscuits as well. It is getting to the point where many of the UK based parents are having to shop elsewhere or are doing so out of anger at these changes.
We have been pushing Tesco for answers on specific products, asking why that labelling has been used on those products and are getting nowhere. A company should know what is in their food or what potentially should or could be right? We all remember the horse meat scandal…..
I shall add some pictures of the sort of labelling I am talking about. I want other allergy parents who may shop at Tesco to start checking all the food they buy, i want them to be aware. I do not normally add posts like this but this is something I feel very strongly about.
Many of us including myself are advised by our allergists not to risk buying any item with warnings of our specific allergens on them so you see the problem this presents.