This month is Food Allergy Action Month!
To protect Americans from a possible health scare caused by a food allergy, the FDA has enforced the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.
“The Act applies to the labeling of foods regulated by FDA which includes all foods except poultry, most meats, certain egg products, and most alcoholic beverages which are regulated by other Federal agencies. The Act requires that food labels must clearly identify the food source names of any ingredients that are one of the major food allergens or contain any protein derived from a major food allergen.”
To learn more about food allergies visit: https://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm079311.htm
At LCPS, we have allergen information on hand for all of our recipes and products. At the beginning of each school year, we provide all of our school nutrition managers with allergen cards that they must display on the serving line. We maintain ‘Product Fact Sheets’ on file for all of our products that state a list of ingredients and nutrition facts. These are then used to create our allergen cards. As the school year progresses, we continue to add new and seasonal items, thus requiring the creation of even more allergen cards.
Parents and students can review our online menus at lcpshealthycafe.org and see the allergens present in each menu item. We also provided a link to view all of the Product Fact Sheets I mentioned above, simply click “Ingredient Information”.
Our allergen list contains The Big 8 (eight major allergenic foods) with the addition of sesame. We also label items that have pork and items that are suitable for individuals following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Allergens are taken seriously at LCPS and we do our best each and every day to ensure students and staff stay safe while eating with us!