The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (effective January 1, 2006) mandates that foods containing milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy must declare the food in plain language on the label. All Whole Foods Market Private Label products are labeled in accordance with this Act.
Health Canada has declared the following list of priority allergens:
Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts)
Seafood (fish, crustaceans, shellfish)
And the European Commission lists the following priority allergens for the EU:
Cereals containing gluten, (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut or their hybridized strains) and products thereof
Crustaceans and products thereof
Eggs and products thereof
Fish and products thereof
Peanuts and products thereof
Soybeans and products thereof
Milk and products thereof (including lactose)
Nuts i.e. almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts and products thereof
Celery and products thereof
Mustard and products thereof
Sesame seeds and products thereof
Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/litre expressed as SO2.
Lupin and products thereof
Molluscs and products thereof
What does the statement, "Good Manufacturing Practices used to segregate in a facility that also processes ALLERGEN" mean?
This is to inform the consumer of what allergens are produced in the same facility as the product they are buying. All of our manufacturers use good manufacturing practices (GMPs) to reduce the risk of cross contamination. These GMPs include, but are not limited to, thorough cleaning of machinery, line scheduling to segregate allergen and non-allergen ingredients, and line testing.