Sample Food Label

Manufacturers of food products must declare on their labels the presence of an ingredient that is or contains protein from any of the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. They have two options for doing this: allergens may either be declared in the ingredient list or be identified in a separate Contains statement immediately following the ingredient list. The following examples show each option:

  • Ingredients: Enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and/or cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, vanilla, natural and artificial flavoring, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), lecithin (soy), mono- and diglycerides (emulsifier)
  • Contains Wheat, Milk, Egg, and Soy

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, "Advice to Consumers: Food

Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 Questions and Answers," December 12, 2005; updated July 18, 2006. Available at, accessed June 5, 2007.

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