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Unfamiliar Territory: Why Consumers Should Look Twice At Labels

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Unfamiliar Territory: Why Consumers Should Look Twice At Labels

Food allergens are a serious threat to many consumers. Moreover, there are a tremendous number of ingredients that could potentially cause a reaction.

As Bizcommunity notes, consumers need to check product labels twice before eating anything. While most brands are good at noting ingredients that could potentially cause a reactions, there could also be "hidden allergens" that may not go by a common name yet, still trigger sickness.

"Read each ingredient on the label, paying special attention to bold-faced items, parentheses and items listed below the complete list of ingredients," the news source warns. "For processed foods (anything that is made from more than one ingredient), check the label for a warning that the food was made in a factory where your allergens may have been used on the same manufacturing lines."

Food makers should also do their part to make it transparent what ingredients were used in the creation of their goods. This will help mitigate any potentially costly product recalls.