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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-11-11 14:01
Subject: Good, and bad, labelling
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Discovered on an individually wrapped chocolate and cereal bar:

Allergy advice
  • Contains nuts, milk, wheat, gluten, soya.

  • This product may contain traces of other nuts, as it is made in a factory that uses other nut ingredients.

Now, I'm all for the allergy advice contained in the first point. It covers the information I would want to know clearly and concisely. But what is the second point about? I mean, yes, it may contain other nuts. Your recipe calls for peanuts, and the next production line sometimes uses almonds, and there's some occasional cross-contamination.

But you didn't tell me it contained peanuts only, no almonds. You just said it contains nuts and I (being hypothetically fatally allergic to macadamia nuts) would be gratefully following your advice and not eating your bar in the first place. Your second point contained no useful information whatsoever!

No, the wrapper in question had no ingredients list on it. Perhaps the outer carton indicates the actual nuts used, perhaps not.
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a very caring potato
User: mollydot
Date: 2005-12-23 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(surfing journals, hence comment to old post)

Was this for sale without the outer carton? Surely it's illegal to sell packaged food without ingredients?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-12-23 13:24 (UTC)
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Quite possibly, nay, quite probably, the outer carton did indeed have an ingredients list. Perhaps it actually indicated which exact type of nut.

But as far as the inner wrapper was concerned, it just listed 'nuts'.
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