Always read the food allergy label, I do and here’s why.

A few years ago my husband & I were shopping, me wearing the baby & him pushing our multi anaphylaxis daughter in the trolley. We needed oats for breakky so I asked him to grab the same old homebrand we had always bought. But luckily something caught my eye. They had gone up in price, no big deal, but by .10c a bag.

To this day I still have NO IDEA what made me flip that bag over & read the allergy label. But I am so glad I did.
Our Oats which formerly only contained only one ingredient, rolled oats, now contained a whole bunch of chemicals & traces of peanuts. After I got over my anger, I called the very helpful customer assistance line on the back of the label. It turns out the oats were now being manufactured by a new company, hence the changes. The addition of peanut traces was because the old manufacturer was a nut free line, this new one processed muesli bars with nuts too.

Lesson learnt. Always read the food allergy label.

So it came as no real shock to me the other day when A friend who follows the GAPS program sent me a pic (knowing we were an allergy & anaphylaxis family) advising that Smiths Chips had changed their formula. Plain Smiths potato chips used to be a safe go to for our lunchbox snacks, the movies etc. But they too have now changed their ingredients from just Potato, salt & Oil to now potatoes, canola oil, sunflower oil, salt, Tocopherols ascorbic acid, citric acid & rosemary extract.

Always read the food allergy label

Always read the food allergy label

Picture: Plain Smiths chips front & back in the top picture, The Natural Chip Co front & back in the bottom picture.

I know it seems like an awful lot of work, but it really does not take long to do a quick ingredient scan as you throw things in your trolley. Not to mention of course it’s worth it to keep my daughter safe.
As you can see above, I quickly found a new alternative.
Do they come in quick & easy school snack sizes? No they dont. But I can feel better about reducing our waste as I will simply put some in small reusable bags for the school lunchbox.

So take care while shopping allergy families x

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