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The European labelling law for foodstuffs contains life-threatening exemptions for food-allergic consumers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18362476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The prevalence of food allergies still continues to rise in western Europe. As the strict avoidance of food allergens represents a major issue in the management of this disease, information for consumers on food labels about allergenic ingredients is crucial. The European labelling law for foodstuffs excludes declarations of the ingredients on individually wrapped foodstuffs with outer packages and products whose largest single surface area falls below 10 cm(2). One potentially avoidable case, with fatal consequences due to this law and the current legal situation, is discussed herein. We suggest evaluating the benefits of a mandatory safety warning (symbol) for major allergenic food ingredients on every foodstuff package, without any exceptions based on the size of the product or the presence of secondary packages.
Timo Buhl; Hubert Kampmann; Jose Martinez; Thomas Fuchs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-03-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  International archives of allergy and immunology     Volume:  146     ISSN:  1423-0097     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. Arch. Allergy Immunol.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-08     Completed Date:  2008-07-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211652     Medline TA:  Int Arch Allergy Immunol     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  334-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Georg August University, Gottingen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Anaphylaxis / etiology*
Consumer Product Safety / legislation & jurisprudence
European Union
Fatal Outcome
Food Hypersensitivity / immunology,  prevention & control*
Food Labeling / legislation & jurisprudence*,  methods
Legislation, Food*

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