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Korean Manufacturers Food Allergen Statements

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Expanding the Label with Facility / Cross-Contact Information

Today we’re sharing an update on our efforts to provide more nutrition label transparency. You will begin to see an advisory label either a “May Contain” or a “Made In A Facility/Plant” statement added to each of the Korean products on the Ingredient Tab.

Since the United States and South Korea have different food allergen mandates.  The United States has nine major allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat) displayed on food labels.

Edit: It should be noted that for shellfish allergies the Food and Drug Administration classifies Crustacean shellfish (like crayfish, crab, lobster, and shrimp) and its protein-derived ingredients as major allergens, while Molluscan shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels, scallops) are not included. Molluscan shellfish do not qualify as major food allergens as per the FDA guidelines.

Product packaging in the United States example include: if a snack contains milk and peanuts, a product label should display  “This product contains milk and peanuts.”

While manufacturers in South Korea label eight of the major allergens with the exception of sesame they also label additional food allergens.  The additional food allergens are: buckwheat, pine nut, sulfurous acid, tomato, peach, walnut, mackerel, crab, squid, oyster, abalone, mussels, chicken, beef and pork.  

Our goal is to provide food allergen information from both countries to make consuming Korean snacks as convenient as possible.  

Related Reading: How To Read Korean Food Labels

With that being said a suggestion was made in a Facebook chat that it would be helpful if we provided more label transparency by providing information on cross-contact or facility manufactures information.

To that end, on the Ingredients Tab, we’ve added a new Facility Produces / Cross-Contact statement underneath the ingredients contained information.  We believe this will provide more information about the facility/manufacturer and the potential for major allergen cross-contact. *Note that this information will only appear on the website until we’ve updated the mobile application to reflect the new update.

Resource: The  Product Page provides information on Korean products.  The product page is categorized by bread, canned, chips, cookies, crackers, ice-cream, instant, ramen, soup, snacks, and yogurt.

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If you click on any of the images you will see Korean products that allow you to read more on every product.  Every product has the brand name, food allergens, ingredients, weight, calorie and may contain/facility statement when available.

“May Contain” and “Manufactured In A Facility” statements are entirely voluntary for manufacturers in the United States to provide.  A lot of food allergy advocates are asking for more food label transparency. However, until it becomes a mandated law we will look for companies who have shared this information and share it with the Korean Convenience community.  

The statements are derived directly from the company’s product allergen statement, which can be checked/verified after each ingredient panel on the nutrition label. Listed below are the Korean food manufactures that have facility/plants located here in the United States. If you want to contact a company to inquiry about a specific product Made In America we’ve provide their website and contact information.

United States – Korean Food Manufacturers 

C.J. Foods Inc./Schwan’s Company

4 Centerpointe Drive Ste. 100

Fullerton CA, 90623

Produce: Bibigo USA 

Website: http://www.cjfoods.com/

Ottogi America Inc.

16200 Trojan Way

La Mirada CA 90638

Produce: Ottogi (Noodle-Vinegar)

Website: http://ottogiamerica.com/

Daesang America

835 S Lawson Street

City Of Industry, CA 91748

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Produce: Chungjungone and O’ Food Global Brand

Website: http://daesang.com/

Pulmuone Foods USA

2315 Moore Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92833

Produce: Pulmone (Dumplings, Noodles, Soon Tofu)

Website: https://www.pulmuonefoodsusa.com/our-products/

Email: inquiry@pulmuone.com and foodservice@pulmuone.com

Nongshim America, Inc.

12155 Sixth Street

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Produce: Noodles

Product Inquiry: Contact

Samyang America, Inc.

600 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Produce: Samyang (Buldak Ramen, Noodles, Sauces)

Website: https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/index.do

We Need Your Help!

Because this feature is so new, we’re still working to add food allergen statements on all of the Korean snack and grocery products we highlight. If you come across a product that you know is allergen-friendly, but we don’t mention it on the app or website, please send us a note via the contact form so we can add it to assist others in the Korean Convenience community. 

Final Thoughts

If you would like more information about how to avoid cross-contact read more information on the Avoiding Cross-Contact article by the Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E.) website.

Reading the label each and every time you buy a product is one of the most important tools people with food allergies and intolerances can incorporate. Korean Convenience aims to assist with the process of elimination and provide as much information as possible about Korean snacks and groceries.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about this article we would love to hear it. Thank you again for all your support! We truly couldn’t do it without you.

Related Reading:

How To Read Korean Food Labels

Korean Food Recalls

Allergy Friendly Korean Alcohol Guide

Where To Buy Korean Food

Food Allergy Resources

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