Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) issued a press release on Thursday, entitled “Food Allergy Research & Education Statement Concerning Use of Third Party Technology for Management of Food Allergies.” It’s an important statement, well worth the read. In it FARE explains their policy, urging the public to always check the label even when using third party apps and services. We agree.
But in this release, FARE also states:
FARE’s longstanding policy is that is does not review, test, endorse or issue warnings about any products or services. Statements made by SnackSafely.com on Dec. 18 that FARE’s policy has recently changed are incorrect.
It’s true… we made that statement in the title of an article we posted on Thursday:
FARE Changes Corporate Sponsorship Policy After Test Results and ContentChecked Admission
We have since changed the article’s title in keeping with FARE’s correction. It now reads:
FARE Changes Corporate Sponsorship Page After Test Results and ContentChecked Admission
We apologize to FARE for the misstatement. That said, we stand by the assertions in the article.
After publishing the results of our test of the ContentChecked and Wazinit apps in which both apps misidentified a series of products bearing “may contain” warnings as “free from”, we approached FARE because of what appeared to be a tacit endorsement of ContentChecked’s app that accompanied the firm’s logo on their Corporate Partners page:
ContentChecked is your one touch shopping assistant for you or a loved one living with Food Allergies. The app shows individualized allergy information about products in the store, suggests safe alternatives and displays recipes that fit your and your family’s allergy profile.
We appreciate FARE’s removal of this language in light of our findings and the publication of the press release referred to above, thus setting the record straight.