Can you trust allergen labelling?

March 5, 2019

If you're used to scanning ingredients lists then you'll know how much easier it's become since allergens have had to be highlighted. I mean, it is easier, isn't it?

 

That is, until I came across this tub of icecream:

 

 

As usual, before buying, I always check the ingredients. Here they are with the allergen information accordingly put in bold:

 

 

I read everything carefully and there was no gluten. I looked at the dreaded "may contain": only eggs, nuts & soya*. This means it should be suitable for coeliacs.

 

Shouldn't it? 

 

But then my eye caught another area of the icecream tub:

 

 

What was that? Did it mention gluten? I looked again:

 

 

And there it was: gluten. I must say I was rather thankful the Romanian word for gluten is written the same way or I might not have realised.

 

So I immediately tweeted Lidl with the all important question: which set of ingredients is correct? 

 

As yet, I'm waiting on a response, although they have at least acknowledged my request. When I find out the answer, I'll be sure to let you know.

 

Meanwhile, I have the following advice:

 

  1. Always read all the ingredients as well as the highlighted allergens (just in case they've made an error).

  2. If you're in any doubt, don't buy the product.

  3. Take a photo of the ingredients list if it's confusing and contact the supplier to check whether the product is suitable for your diet.

 

Until I get my answer about the icecream, I'm very glad I didn't buy it and suffer because of their mistake. After all, no-one wants to be the victim of a product recall.

 

* By the way, you may have noticed they've already made an error in the "may contain" because they've not highlighted the allergens in bold. However, they have managed this in the Romanian section. At all times, products need to be consistent in both their ingredients and the way they're presented.

 

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