food allergens

Farro, triticale, emmer, einkorn, kamut, spelt … do you know your alternative gluten grains?

A tweet by celiac blogger, cook and author Jules Dowler Shepard recently showed a shot of a restaurant menu, and a dish containing farro, which was labelled as gluten-free. Farro is the Italian word for spelt, but in the US…
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Onion allergy, kiwi allergy, garlic allergy, spice allergy, banana allergy …

When it comes to food allergies and intolerances, most of the talk is about gluten and the top 14 allergens – mainly milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soya, gluten grains and sesame. Labelling legislation requires manufacturers to emphasise (typically in bold) these…
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Why ‘Vegan’ is not always ‘Dairy Free’

It started with a tweet from Carly (@GfreeB) about a Montezuma’s label reading ‘free from … gluten’, an expression not permitted under labelling law. The words have to be ‘gluten free’, although many companies slip up, most recently Saclá, with…
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