How Consistent Labeling Can Help Families With Food Allergies

(StatePoint) Having food allergies in one’s household is not only stressful, it can cost substantial time and money.

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According to new research from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), U.S. consumers managing food allergies spend more than $19 billion annually on specialty food products to avoid allergic reactions or other health consequences — paying 5 percent more per month than the average consumer. While this can be expensive for all 85 million consumers affected by food allergies, low-income families are especially hard hit by these additional costs.

What’s more, 71 percent of America’s food allergy consumers say they spend on average, 3-5 minutes reading the labels of every single food item they purchase. Experts at FARE say that a universal food allergen label will make food shopping not only easier, but also more affordable, allowing families to shop larger brands with confidence.