Our expert says:
Because of the potential seriousness of peanut allergy, I would strongly urge you to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out a diet for you that avoids peanuts. The problem with current labelling in SA is that food manufacturers put 'Traces of nuts' on practically every label to protect themselves against litigation. If the proposed new Food Labelling Regulations come into effect in the not too distant future (but we don't yet know when this will be), manufacturers will have to test foods and will only be allowed to state 'Traces of nuts' if the product really contains such traces. For more information visit the SA Allergy Association Website at: www.allallergy.co.za and click on 'Diet at the top of this page and 'Food-related disease' and read the articles on 'Peanut Allergies'.
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