Allergy Association: Vegan labeling a life-threatening scam

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Published 5 December 2021 at 19.59

Domestic. The Asthma and Allergy Association believes that so-called vegan labeling provides a false sense of security and can cause life-threatening allergic reactions.

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The fact that a food is vegan-labeled is no guarantee that the product does not contain animals such as eggs, milk, fish, shellfish or meat.

Several cases have been reported where people have had severe allergic reactions of vegan-labeled products.

A new Sifo survey commissioned by the Asthma and Allergy Association shows that 60 percent of parents of children with food allergies are aware of the risks associated with this.

In addition, 30 percent state that they buy vegan-labeled foods precisely because of their children's allergies – which according to the association can lead to life-threatening allergic reactions.

– Several members of the Asthma and Allergy Association have reported that they had severe allergic reactions after eating vegan foods. That's worrying. We can see more and more different vegan labels on the market, but it is not regulated. Very small amounts may be enough to get an anaphylactic shock, says Sofia Knáz, a licensed dietitian and food policy expert at the Asthma and Allergy Association, in a press release.

Earlier this year, the National Food Administration went out and warned that there is a misconception that vegan labeling guarantees that the products are completely free of animals. Although a vegan-labeled food product is made from ingredients from the plant kingdom, it can be unintentionally contaminated with, for example, milk or eggs.

Vegan labeling has become increasingly common as the demand for plant-based products increases and is voluntary for companies to use.