All products in this edition of the Safe Snack Guide are gluten free with many free of the Top 8 allergens, sesame and mustard!
In addition to helping families, the Guide serves as a resource for schools, youth sports leagues, scouting groups, clubs, parties, playdates and other events where people with food allergies, celiac disease or other food restrictions must be accommodated.
Why the Guide?
While US regulations require manufacturers to label when any of the Top 8 allergens are ingredients of a product, they do not have to disclose when those allergens are processed in the same line or facility as those products are manufactured. Warnings like Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts and May contain traces of milk are entirely voluntary; some manufacturers include them, some don’t, and some will warn for one allergen and not another.
Even a trace of an allergen can cause life-threatening reactions, hence the need for well-researched information that goes beyond what is required on the label: our guides.
How We Source Information for the Guide
SnackSafely.com partners with 130+ responsible manufacturers who agree to use our proprietary platform to disclose detailed processing information for each product in exchange for free listings in our guides and our interactive Allergence product screening service. We then curate that product data for completeness and accuracy and use it to provide you with information you won’t find on the label or anywhere else.
How the Guide is Organized
Each guide is organized into 40+ categories of foods to help you find the products your are looking for. Some example categories are:
- Ice Cream
- Cake & Muffins
- Baking Mixes & Flour
- Baking Chocolate
- Fruit Snacks
- Vegetable Snacks
- Cheese Snacks
- Rice, Grains & Seeds
- Herb & Spices
- Peanut Butter Alternatives
- Nutrition Bars
- Prepared Foods
- Bread, Bagels & Rolls
Each product entry is preceded by a symbol indicating whether the product is free of the designated allergens alone or also free of the Top 8 allergens.
The Guide is Interactive!
You can click any product entry and see the corresponding Allergence page for that product, which includes product images and descriptions, retail availability, third-party certifications (kosher, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO) as well as precise and detailed information for how that product is manufactured with respect to the 11 allergens we track.
Part of Your School’s Policy to Prevent Anaphylaxis
Many schools don’t have policies in place regarding food in the classroom leaving children with food allergies at risk of contact reactions including life-threatening anaphylaxis.
When food is consumed in the classroom for snack time, lunch, or celebrations, we encourage schools to adopt the Guide as part of their respective allergen exclusion policies. Thousands of schools do so by linking to our guides on their websites or in email communications to families.
Click here for other editions of the Safe Snack Guide including Peanut and Tree Nut Free Edition, Milk Free Edition, Sesame Free Edition, and the Custom Edition you can tailor to exclude products with any combination of the 11 allergens we track.