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23 January 2018

Buyer Beware: Free-From Labels on Baked Goods

By Dezidor - Own work (own photo), CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8902579
Bakery shopping tip.

When purchasing baked goods from a bakery, do not assume that a free-from label, such as "nut-free" or "dairy-free", means the bakery is dedicated free of those allergens. If there is no information provided about the bakery, it very likely is not a dedicated facility.

If cross-contamination is a concern, be sure to ask the bakery about their facility, whether it is dedicated or not, and what their procedures for preventing cross-contact are. If their reply is defensive, and they do not provide information that is helpful to you as a consumer managing food allergies, consider it a red flag! If the owner, manager, or baker is insulted by valid questions about the bakery, their labeling, and cross-contamination procedures, that also is a red flag. Remember--no baked good or treat, no matter how eye-appealing, is worth the risk!

Bakeries, like any other food manufacturer, should be prepared to answer your questions so you can make a decision about whether or not the product is safe for your allergies.

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