Allergies: Food packaging and no warning
For those of us with allergies, finding food options that meet our dietary requirements can often be a bit of a nightmare. Often we are assured with knowing what is in our food, thanks to the warning labels which are mandatory, if the packaged food contain any traces of allergens, such as nuts, soy or dairy. However, a recent report from the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy found that 50% of anaphylaxis cases were caused from food without warning statements. So what risks do our current food labelling system have for those with allergies? And do we need a better system to keep us safe? Professor Katie Allen, Paediatric Allergist and Gastroenterologist from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute joined us to discuss this.