Food Allergy Disclaimer
Erewhon Market makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies. In addition, we label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Please be aware that our facility prepares foods and uses ingredients in our products that contain nuts or nut oil. If you have any type of food allergy, please refrain from eating our products.
Food Allergies involve the immune system. A protein within a food, known as the allergen, triggers a reaction from the immune system. The body tries to protect itself from the allergen by producing antibodies. These antibodies cause the body to release chemicals, which produces an allergic reaction. It is estimated that 10% of the U.S. adult population has a food allergy.
An allergic reaction can occur immediately or up to two hours after eating the food. As the food enters the mouth, it can trigger a tingling sensation in the mouth and possibly, a swelling of the tongue and throat. Then, as the offending food enters the stomach, it can cause cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting. When the allergen enters the bloodstream, it can cause a drop in blood pressure, hives, or asthma. Anaphylaxis, a sudden drop in blood pressure, is life threatening. If you experience these symptoms after eating a certain food, it might be possible that you are suffering from a food allergy or intolerance. Seek immediate medical assistance.
Food Intolerances do not involve the immune system, but instead result from a digestive system response. A food intolerance is a metabolic disorder. A natural substance in foods, known as histamine, can sometimes cause a reaction similar to an allergic reaction. Lactose intolerance is one of the most prevalent food intolerances, affecting at least one out of ten people. Yellow dye number 5, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and sulfites are also known food intolerances.