On-The-Road with Safe Snacks!
By Kim Koeller and Robert La France
Allergen-free foods are starting to reach the mainstream and the food industry is beginning to hear our needs! We hope that you are as excited about being able to open pre-packaged individual-serving size allergen-free snacks while on-the-go as we are. Finally, no more putting allergen-free foods in zip lock bags to carry with you!
Some delicious travel-size allergen-free snacks that are manufactured in peanut and tree nut-free facilities include:
A short-list of delicious individually packaged allergen- free cookies that are also manufactured in shared facilities include:
Andean Dream (www.andeandream.com) - dairy, egg, gluten & soy- free
Arico Natural Foods Co. (www.aricofoods.com) - dairy and gluten-free
Glutino (www.glutino.com) - dairy, egg and gluten- free
Kookie Karma (www.kookiekarma.com) - dairy, egg, gluten & soy- free
Nana’s Cookie Co. (www.healthycrowd.com) - corn, dairy, egg, gluten & soy- free
Pamela’s Cookies (www.pamelasproducts.com) - gluten-free
We hope that you take the opportunity to enjoy these goodies, depending upon your specific allergen concerns, while at home, on-the-road or anywhere your life may take you!
Remember that as of January 1 2006, the US Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) went into effect. The presence of eight allergens including: dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat are now declared on ingredient lists. However, those following a gluten-free diet have not had their concerns sufficiently addressed since wheat, and not gluten, is included in the current allergen labeling. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently developing a definition for the term “gluten-free,” as there is currently no approved legislature for U.S. food manufacturers or consumers.