The Chicago Tribune has a frightening, but unfortunately unsurprising, article about the prevalence of undisclosed food allergens in food, and the government’s complete lack of interest in the subject. Thanks, government! Even if your kids don’t have life-threatening food allergies — and I hope they don’t — you may be disgusted to know that many manufacturers simply have no idea what’s in their products, and that the lists of ingredients or claims on the label are little more than an educated guess.
I know there are companies out there that spend a lot of money and effort to avoid cross-contamination and get this right. The problem is that the companies that don’t make it very difficult to trust anyone.