What Do Manufacturers Mean by “May Contain” On Food Packaging? 

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Cooking food entirely from scratch is impossible at the best of times, especially when you’re busy with work and other responsibilities. Many of us rely heavily on pre-packaged foods and manufactured ingredients like sauces and condiments.

If you are someone that has specific food allergies, such as a seafood allergy, a nut allergy, or a gluten allergy, it is very important for you to properly check the ingredients used in different pre-packaged food you might be buying. Even if you do not have any particular allergies but like to know what ingredients are going into your food, you may want to check that out.

However, that is not the end of the matter. Most food products also have a “may contain” section on their labels. You may be wondering what exactly is meant by may contain? The answer is that while the ingredient mentioned in the may contain section is not used in the food directly, there are chances that the food may be at risk of cross-contamination from that specific ingredient.

The manufacturers are letting you know that traces of a certain ingredient or allergen may have made it into the food through the manufacturing process.

If you are someone with a gluten allergy, it would be advised that you avoid any kind of foods that “may contain” gluten. Gluten allergies can be so severe that even a single breadcrumb can cause serious health problems for you. If you would like to learn more about food safety and how to tell if food is safe to consume or not, it would be helpful to consider taking a food safety course. The Australian Institute of Accreditation offers an excellent Food Safety Supervisor course in Queensland. With all the information you need, you can forget all worries regarding cross-contamination.

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