As most food allergy parents can attest, trying to understand food labels and whether or not they might contain an allergen is a frustrating process! However, making things even more complicated is the fact that sometimes the product name and description can be misleading.For instance, yesterday I read an article about a mom of a child with milk protein allergy. She bought and gave her son Stonyfield O’Soy Soy Yogurt
, assuming that the product contained soy and therefore, would not be made with milk. By the time she noticed the statement underneath the ingredients list “contains soy and milk,” her son was half way done with his snack.
Fortunately, her son was ok, but this is a great reminder that sometimes milk and other allergens can show up in unexpected places and it’s important to carefully read all labels. To read the entire story, click here.
(As a side note, if you have a baby with a milk protein allergy, check with your doctor about whether your little one might also be allergic to soy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 70% of babies with milk protein allergies are also allergic to soy.)
Be sure to post advice on any other labeling pitfalls you come across!