Allergy Asthma Respir Dis.  2019 Apr;7(2):67-72. 10.4168/aard.2019.7.2.67.

The current status and issue of food allergen labeling in Korea

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital, Hwaseong, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, The Catholic University of Korea Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, Uijeongbu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
  • 5Department of Pediatrics, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
  • 6Department of Pediatrics, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Department of Pediatrics, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Department of Pediatrics, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 10Department of Pediatrics, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 11Department of Pediatrics, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
  • 12Department of Pediatrics, Childhood Asthma Atopy Center, Environmental Health Center, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 13Department of Pediatrics, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 14Department of Pediatrics, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea.
  • 15Department of Pediatrics, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
  • 16Department of Pediatrics, Hallym University Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


With increasing need to prevent serious food allergy reactions, Korean food allergen labeling regulation has been revised repeatedly. This paper aims to summarize current statuses of food allergen labeling in Korea and foreign countries and to analyze the issue of food allergen labeling regulation. Korean food labeling regulation currently requires 19 items and 22 foods to be reported on labels (eggs, milk, buckwheat, peanut, soybean, wheat, mackerel, crab, shrimp, pork, peach, tomato, sulfite, walnut, chicken, beef, squid, shellfish, and pine nut). However, some common food triggers (for example, almond, cashew nut, and kiwi fruit) are not included in the current labeling regulation. Another issue is that the Korean labeling regulation has not yet been fully implemented for nonprepacked foods; thus, consumers still have difficulty in correctly identifying allergenic ingredients in food. It should be assessed whether warning statements for cross-contamination are reasonable. To prevent the occurrence of serious reactions from accidental ingestion, efforts must be made to solve recently raised issues including the items required to be listed on food labels, the system of standards for labeling and display methods.


Allergy; Food; Labeling

MeSH Terms

Food Hypersensitivity
Food Labeling
Lycopersicon esculentum
Prunus dulcis
Prunus persica
Red Meat

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