Many different phrases can be used as this type of information is voluntary. However, any PAL must not be confusing or misleading and should only be used if there is a real and significant risk to someone with that food allergy, and only after a risk assessment has been carried out.
Sometimes people think one type of statement means there is more risk than another type of statement. For example, that ‘May contain nuts’ means more risk than ‘Made in a factory that handles nuts’, but this is not true. They all mean the same thing – that there is a risk of cross-contamination with the specified allergen.
There is no set amount of allergen at which a PAL must be used, so this means the amount of allergen present could vary, even between similar products.
Speak to your GP or allergy specialist about PAL labelling. Depending on your individual allergy diagnosis, some doctors may advise that you can include foods in your diet that have PALs for your allergen. Unless you have been specifically advised that it is safe for you to eat them, check labels carefully and don’t take the risk.