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“May contain traces of . . .”: hidden food allergens in Australia

Maria Said and John M Weiner
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (4): 183-184.

More accurate food labelling would assist consumers and the food industry alike

“We . . . can . . . not be held responsible for its content or any side-effects resulting from exposure to same. Your statutory rights are not affected. May contain traces of nuts” [website disclaimer].1

Maria Said, RN, National President1
John M Weiner, MBBS,FRACP, FRCPA, Visiting Allergist2
1 Anaphylaxis Australia Inc, Hornsby Heights, NSW.
2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy, VIC.
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