Effective January 1, 2006, foods covered by the FDA labeling laws that contain peanut must be labeled in plain English to declare that it “contains peanut.” However, there are many foods and products that are not covered by FDA allergen labeling laws, so it is still important to know how to read a label for peanut ingredients.
Products exempt from plain English labeling rules:foods that are not regulated by the FDA, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over‐the‐counter medications, pet food, toys and crafts.
*The FDA has exempted highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen.
The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of peanut protein. All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.
Graham cracker crust
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
May Not Be Safe:
Lupine is a legume that cross-reacts with peanut at a high rate and should be avoided by peanut allergic patients. It does not fall under the labeling requirements of FALCPA. Lupine is also known as lupinus albus and can be found in seed or flour form.