Require companies to list all food ingredients CLEARLY -- no NATURAL FLAVORS blanket term.
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I am allergic to more than 20 different types of food, including some that are allowed under the blanket term of "NATURAL FLAVORS."
Some uncommon allergies to foods that I have are: Garlic, Squash, Spinach, Casein, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Orange, Rice, Salmon, Both Nut Mixes (does NOT include Peanuts), Baker's Yeast, Pork, Poppy Seed, Bean Mix, Carrots, Peppers (NOT peppercorns used for ground peppers) and Tomatoes.
These foods are NOT required by the Food and Drug Administration to be listed as "May Contain" foods and may also fall under the blanket term of "Natural Flavors."
Having the blanket term of "Natural Flavors" allows companies to put more than 1,000 foods under this category, which may not be known to someone with a lot of food allergies, such as myself and many others. This can be very harmful to us and even deadly.
As I write this, I have just gotten home from the hospital for an allergic reaction to a food that is allowed to be listed under "Natural Flavors," which, unlike additives and spices, are not listed in the FDA knowledge base. I have no idea what my caused my allergic reaction because of this and it put my life at risk.
NO ONE should have to live in fear of what they eat. Companies need to put all of their ingredients on their label, regardless of possibly revealing a "secret recipe."
Keep a "secret" safe is not worth the life that may be taken from a person with a food allergy.
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