FACT: “May contain” statements are voluntary, they are not part of Canadian food allergen labelling regulations. Some food manufacturers include this statement on pre-packaged food labels when there is a chance that a food allergen might be unintentionally present in a product.
If someone is allergic to a food, they should avoid products that may contain their allergen. Research shows that some products with this warning have contained enough allergen to cause a reaction.
Bottom line: “May contain” products should be avoided. Take away the guess work and call the manufacturer directly to ask about the product before buying or consuming it.
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Content is based on information included in our food allergy myths webinar by Dr. Susan Waserman, MSc, MD, FRCPC.
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