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Consumers are unique, but many share the same food allergies. A reaction to proteins in certain foods can be deadly if not treated properly. Restaurants and food manufacturers are legally responsible for ensuring every ingredient is clearly labeled with an allergen report.
By reading the allergen report, consumers make an informed decision when eating a product. MenuCalc’s Allergen Reporting delivers all crucial information about potential allergen and contamination concerns in an easy-to-read allergen report. Use our Smart tool to detect the presence of food allergens and more accurately label your menu.
According to the FDA, 2% of adults and 5% of children and infants suffer from food allergies. To help protect consumers, the Food and Drug Administration enforces regulations and requirements regarding food labeling. Correctly labeling ingredients can help prevent or reduce the 30,000 emergency room visits and 150 allergen-related deaths in its annual report.
Currently, eight major food groups create approximately 90% of food allergens. Consumers are most likely allergic to milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. The ninth major food allergen is sesame. Reporting requirements for sesame will go into effect in January 2023.
Currently, there are no cures for allergies; consumers must avoid problematic food to stay healthy. To accommodate this, the FDA requires that any food, not a raw agricultural commodity, be labeled. Manufacturers must use the usual name of an ingredient for easy identification. Using easy-to-read labeling helps consumers who read the labels avoid anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to food.
Note: Different states have rules in addition to the regulations put in place federally. For example, Louisiana requires all restaurants in the state to label every shrimp and crawfish dish with the seafood’s country of origin. Consult one of our many certified menu labeling experts about state-specific requirements.
MenuCalc is a one-stop solution for accurate nutrition insights. You can meet your allergen-sensitive customer and comply with FDA by using our new allergen-flagging feature. This intelligent tool detects the presence of the top known food allergens for accurate menu labeling.
This feature is perfect for creating a Nutrition Facts Panel for Retail. First, download your allergen statement with your label to stay safe. Then comply with FDA requirements using our online nutrition analysis software. MenuCalc’s design is specifically for the food industry, so all regulations are considered during the process.
MenuCalc’s design is user-friendly to help guide you through various nutritional obstacles. You can use the program in-house or live chat with a certified menu labeling expert if you need assistance. Built-in tutorials ensure you can use our services. In addition, Menucalc is here to ensure you receive all your nutritional and allergen facts without or without a degree in nutrition.
Save time and money by utilizing MenuCalc for nutritional and allergen labeling needs. Let the software take the worry and stress out of food labels. MenuCalc will give you time to focus on the other vital aspects of running a food business.
Schedule a free, private consultation with one of our Nutritionists today to better label the food allergens. In addition, you may also have your menu reviewed by one of our experienced FDA-Certified Nutritionists. Help your customers avoid allergic reactions to food with MenuCalc.