How do you know if a food product is 8SAFE?
Processed foods are 8SAFE when they’re made without gluten and the top eight food allergens. The easiest way to find an 8SAFE product is to follow this simple formula:
So how do you find products that are 8SAFE?
STEP ONE: Look for a gluten free label on the product. Scan the front, back, and sides of the packaging for a label. Gluten free labels can be placed anywhere and stylized however the manufacturer would like. For example:
If you can’t find a gluten free label: the product may not be 8SAFE. Find another product that’s labeled gluten free.
If you find a gluten free label on the product, then move on to…
STEP TWO: Check for the top eight allergens. The eight most common allergens (wheat, milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish) will be clearly listed in one of three ways:
Using a ‘contains statement’ following the list of ingredients.
Listing an allergen in parentheses within the ingredients list.
Using plain language within the ingredients list.
The specific type of tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish will be declared; for example:
If the product is gluten free, and does NOT have…
a ‘contains’ statement,
or an allergen called out in parentheses,
or an allergen listed in plain language…
THEN THE PRODUCT IS 8SAFE.
It’s important to note that some manufacturers choose to list coconut as a tree nut. However, according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, "Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut." Therefore, coconut is considered to be 8SAFE.
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