Is advising food allergic patients to avoid food with precautionary allergen labelling out of date?

  title={Is advising food allergic patients to avoid food with precautionary allergen labelling out of date?},
  author={Giovanni A Zurzolo and Maximilian P. J. de Courten and Jennifer J. Koplin and Michael L Mathai and Katrina J. Allen},
  journal={Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology},
Purpose of reviewPrecautionary allergen labelling (PAL) continues to be used by the food manufacturing industry to alert the food allergic consumer that cross-contact may have occurred during the supply chain for ingredients or the manufacturing process. This review will summarize recent evidence regarding use and interpretation of precautionary labels by industry, healthcare professionals, and food allergic consumers. Consumers find precautionary labels difficult to interpret and often… 
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