Here is something we can look forward to in 2006. Finally, food labels will clearly state any of 8 common ingredients that trigger thousands of allergic reactions every year. For example, the word casein is a milk derivative.
So, if you're allergic to milk and a product says it contains casein and you don't know that means milk, you are in big trouble if you eat that. Now, allergens will be listed in plain English. That means if it has any kind of milk or protien derived from milk it will say contains milk. FDA officials say they hope this will help kids better understand what they can and can't eat. The allergens that will be listed include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Those 8 account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions. The FDA action is a result of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection act of 2004: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2005/new01281.html