It is important that you always check the ingredients list on any product before giving it to your child. In Australia and New Zealand, companies must state on their label if the product contains any of the most common food allergens. It is especially important to check the label of products that have been imported, because sometimes these may have undeclared allergens. As a general rule of thumb, if you are in doubt about the suitability of a particular product, check with your healthcare professional first.
When shopping for a child with allergy, it is important to keep in mind the following:
- Food labels sometimes list an ingredient by a less familiar name, for example, soy might be listed as ‘textured vegetable protein’. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer for clarification.
- Ingredients for processed foods regularly change – always check the labels, even when you have purchased the product previously.
To read more on allergy free shopping head to the understanding food allergy pages: