Nut Free

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.

‘Nut-free’ 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.

‘Peanut-free’ 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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