Better Food Allergy Labelling Needed
The number of children with food allergy problems is increasing in Japan. From April, 2002, there is a legal obligation to clearly label foods that contain allergens.
There are a large number of such allergens. Among the many substances that can cause allergic reactions, some are more severe and common than others. Food makers must clearly label wheat, buckwheat, egg, milk and peanuts in processed foods, noting in Japanese: 「ｘｘを含む」 (“Contains ｘｘ”). This list contains the following ingredients:
Food makers are recommended to note on the package that they use another 20 common allergens. They usually include this information below the list of ingredients. This list of allergens includes:
ikura (fish roe, fish egg)
For people with food allergies, the correct labelling of food allergens on the package is a very important issue.