NEW Food Allergy Labeling Pilot Program Coming to Your Cafeteria

Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 2/17/2022

Coming to Bartlett High School and Kenyon Woods Middle School cafeteria starting February 22food allergy labeling.  Given the uptick in the amount of people challenged with food allergies, your U-46 Food and Nutrition Department will be starting to identify if a food being served for breakfast and lunch contains one of the BIG NINE food allergies. 

Foods will be labeled 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Colored dots…used on the station and/or breakfast cart signs. Look for a color code KEY sign in your cafeteria to learn what each color stands for. 
  2. Allergy alert labels…used on the grab ‘n go foods, such as sandwiches. IF the food contains a big nine allergen, it will be marked off on the label.
  3. Food packaging…a manufactured-packaged item includes the ingredients and allergens on the back. Flip over the package to learn what (if any) big nine food allergens it contains.

What are the BIG NINE food allergens? The nine most common food allergens include:


                            1. Egg
                            2. Fish
                            3. Sesame
                            4. Shellfish
                            5. Milk
                            6. Peanuts
                            7. Soy
                            8. Tree Nuts
                            9. Wheat



If you have questions regarding food allergies and this new labeling system, please contact Christine M. Cliff, U-46 District Dietitian, at or 847-888-5000 x5034.