Articles tagged with: allergies

Q. What do the “May contain traces” statements mean on food and can my allergic child have them?

Q. What do the “May contain traces” statements mean on food and can my allergic child have them?

A. The statement 'May contain traces of ..." is put onto food labels when manufacturers believe that the food is at risk of contamination from a problem ingredient such as peanuts or fish (called an allergen). This usually arises when nut-free biscuits, say, are baked on the same line as biscuits that have peanuts. Despite their best efforts to clean the production line, you can never rule out the chance that a small piece of peanut from one batch may accidentally get into another batch or...

26 February 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. What do 'no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours'  really mean?

Q. What do 'no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours' really mean?

[THE QUESTION IN FULL] Q. Why do some products state 'no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours' but the...

30 September 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q.  What does the term MILK SOLIDS mean on a food label?

Q. What does the term MILK SOLIDS mean on a food label?

A.   ‘Milk solids’ refers to the dried powder left after all the water is removed from liquid milk. It is similar to...

16 September 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. What does the warning on artificially sweetened products Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine mean?

Q. What does the warning on artificially sweetened products Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine mean?

A. People with phenylketonuria are born with an inherited condition that stops their body from properly breaking down the amino...

5 August 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Are fish oil capsules safe if I'm allergic to fish? If not, how do I get omega-3s?

Q. Are fish oil capsules safe if I'm allergic to fish? If not, how do I get omega-3s?

THE QUESTION IN FULL Q. I avoid seafood as I have an allergy to fish. So how would I increase my intake of omega-3 fats? Are fish...

19 July 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Some foods are labelled ‘no MSG’. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

Q. Some foods are labelled ‘no MSG’. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

Q. Some foods are labelled 'No MSG'. What does MSG stand for and is it bad for our health?

14 June 2013 by Catherine Saxelby