Alpro’s introduction of nut warnings on its soya products has left families with nut allergic children distraught and will effectively prevent them from buying these products, according to the food allergy and intolerance website, Foodsmatter.
According to Foodsmatter, the move has huge implications for allergic children who rely on Alpro products for their calcium needs and may force nurseries, schools and hospitals to reconsider use of Alpro soya products because of the warning label.
Alpro is moving the production of its almond and hazel nut milks into the factory which currently produces all of its soya products.
The allergen control measures it intends to implement are said to be so stringent they more than meet the Food Standards Agency’s criteria for not needing to use defensive ‘may contain’ warnings, claims Foodsmatter. However, Alpro is adding ‘this product may contain traces of almond and hazel nut’ warnings to its soya milks, the website reports.
Foodsmatter claims that for those children who are nut allergic (around one million in the UK), plus children who are nut and dairy allergic, Alpro products are one of the few foods they can eat. Not only are they safe but they are nutritious, easy to find and relatively cheap, the website said.
Alpro products are also widely used in schools, and throughout the foodservice industry thereby widening these children’s opportunities for socialising relatively ‘normally’, Foodsmatter adds.
Foodsmatter claims the situation has been exacerbated by Alpro’s lack of interaction with its allergic customers or the bodies that represent them; plus the fact it is reported to be already using the new ‘warning’ packs although production of nut milks in the soya factory does not start for another year.
Parents of nut-allergic children have set up a Facebook campaign, AlproSOS (Save Our Soya).