We are often asked for products and items that are ‘nut-free’ vs. ‘peanut-free.’ To distinguish between the two, it’s important to understand what each term means.
refers to any product that does not contain tree nuts or any traces of tree nut by-products. Some common tree nuts include, but are not limited to, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.
refers to any product that does not contain peanuts or any traces of peanut by-products.
It is recommended to also avoid products warning that the product “may contain” or “may contain traces of” tree nuts or peanuts, in addition to warnings that the product is manufactured in a facility where cross-contamination with tree nuts or peanuts may occur during production.
Individuals with a peanut or tree nut allergy can react negatively to even traces of peanuts or tree nuts in the air, or residue left on a surface. Always read packaging carefully when looking for nut-free and peanut-free items.
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