Explaining Current Practices in Food Allergen Labeling to Patients

As treatment options for food allergies are being developed, the only effective measure for patients to avoid harm from food allergies is to carefully read labels and avoid exposure to allergenic food triggers. Labeling laws are in effect in many countries to identify priority food allergens (and related ingredients) in food products. However, proper understanding of labels and risks associated with certain ingredient or label statements remains difficult and accidental exposures to hidden allergens in products are a persistent problem.

Target Audience

  • Allergist/immunologists
  • Fellows-in-Training
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants and Other Allied Health Professionals

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify major and other priority food allergens in the U.S. and world 
  • Outline U.S. labeling laws specific to food allergens, gluten, and similar substances
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts such as allergen cross-contact, crossreactivity, advisory statements, and allergen thresholds
  • Communicate about food allergen labeling violations and recalls, sources of hidden allergenic ingredients, and how to report adverse consumer events
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.75 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.75 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Content Authors
Stefano Luccioli, MD FAAAAI

FDA, CFSAN, Silver Spring, MD
Relevant Relationships: None

Kiran P. Patel, MD
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Relevant Relationships: None

Content Reviewers
Gloria Akan, MD
ENTAA Care, Glen BUrnie, MD
Relevant Relationships: None

Melanie Downs, PhD
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Relevant Relationships: None

David M. Fleischer, MD FAAAAI
Children's Hospital of Colorado, Denver, CO
Relevant Relationships: None

Karen Gregory, DNP APRN-BC RRT AE-C
Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Edmond, OK
Relevant relationships: Merck, MEDA and Novartis: speakers bureau

Anne Russell, MS BSN RN AE-C
Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
Relevant Relationships: None

Jodi Shroba, RN MSN CPNP
Children's Mercy Hospital, Olathe, KS
Relevant Relationships: None

Kasey Strothman, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Relevant relationships: None

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The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement 

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to 0.75 Contact Hours.


Credit Claiming Period 

Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on February 10, 2021. Requests to claim credit on or after February 10, 2021 will be denied.

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  1. Register for the activity.
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  4. Complete the post-test. You must achieve a score of 70% or higher on post-tests to claim credit.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation.
  6. Claim your credits. Enter only the number of credits earned based on your participation in the activity.
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Available Credit

  • 0.75 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.75 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.75 CME
    CME credit.


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