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Or why I should never food shop tired anyway..
A couple of days ago I was food shopping in Sainsbury’s, I was already tired when I got to the supermarket and after reading endless amounts of ingredient lists and allergy information while trying to entertain a toddler, I was exhausted. I always read every food label, even if it’s something we buy regularly as I know ingredients can change. The last item I grabbed before checking out was bread sticks, I noticed them near the checkouts and as my son hasn’t had them for a while I thought I’d get them for him. I read the ingredients which don’t contain any dairy, soya, coconut, pineapple or egg – yes his list of allergies just keeps getting longer! I scanned the allergy information and noticed the usual statement about gluten and popped them in our trolley. That night I gave my son the bread sticks with huomous and chopped apple, he really enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching him eat it. After months and months of sickness and refusing meals, whenever my son enjoys a meal or a snack it makes me so happy.
However while tucking into his last bread stick his eye flared up and a red blotchy rash appeared on his cheek and eye, I was so worried. I gave him some prition and was sat panicking watching him and going through everything he’d eaten in my head, I thought it could be the sesame in the huomous as he hasn’t had sesame for a good few months. I’d already shared the picture above and the picture of the bread sticks on Facebook as a snack idea for other parents and one of them quickly told me that the bread sticks actually state on the packaging that they are not suitable for customers with an allergy to sesame, milk or soya due to manufacturing methods. I couldn’t and still can’t believe I missed this!! I do buy foods which are labelled as a ‘may contain’ for my son but these state ‘not suitable’ so I wouldn’t of bought them, had I have noticed it. I think with allergens being listed in bold now it makes it easy to just scan read the ingredients listed but I always read the full ingredient list. With the allergy information I read the bit about gluten and thought that’s all it was going to say and shoved them in my trolley – huge mistake!! I blame my tiredness for this silly mistake and it’s made me realise I shouldn’t food shop when I am tired or in a rush. Luckily my son is ok, the rash calmed down and the following day he had quite a few soiled nappy’s and was feeling a bit rubbish but he’s better today. I feel awful for making such a silly mistake but I’m taking it as a wake up call and I’ll make sure I spend more time reading the food packaging in future and only shop when I’m wide awake!
It looks so clear and obvious now but I have zoomed in on the picture to show you!
I know may contain labels on food packaging are voluntary in the UK but I think if something is ‘not suitable’ then that should be highlighted in bold, what do you think? Let me know by commenting below or posting to our Facebook page or Tweet @livingwithcmpa
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