The fact that my dad had chosen French also made me realize how similar we were and made me wonder over the years, "Why?" My dad is very much an artist at heart so was it an artist thing?
It turns out that being part Filipino with a family who spoke two Filipino dialects, Spanish was kind of a 'cousin' of the language. If I knew Spanish, I'd also know many words in Ilocano. That's why they were mad. When would I ever use French?
So I took the class. And of course in lieu of memorizing the verbs and affinatives, I daydreamed about gorgeous scenery, hot 'copains,' romance and art. While drawing at my desk.
And then, of course, the 'Mademoiselle' professor brought me back to reality with a question that I could not answer, breaking the spell.
All I wanted to do was draw, paint and write. And so that's exactly what I did.
So now I'm not fluent in French. Far from it. In fact, I just started using Duolingo to brush up on the basics I barely remember from high school in my spare time. And now, I better get a move on it because apparently the European Union (EU) seems more aware of food allergies and just might be a bit safer than the USA.
Changes are happening. As of December 13, 2014 new EU rules for allergen labeling will take effect.And they don't just label for the 'top 8', they label for FOURTEEN!
My question is, whhyyyyy can't this happen in the United States? Seriously! Now some of you might wonder, "What are you talking about? They label here for top allergens!"
Well, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no. They don't. Companies in the USA are not required to label for allergens, its completely voluntary. And don't knock those who do label for allergens...those are usually the more trustworthy companies. It shows transparency. In my opinion, it usually shows that the company actually cares enough to tell you.
The FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) takes food allergies very seriously and offers publications for the food industry to better understand and follow new labeling laws that go into effect in the UK.
The countries in Europe seem to take food allergies and celiac disease much more seriously than here in the United States. Will this ever change? Maybe. But only if we take enough action. Only if we report reactions to the FDA as often as possible. Contact your specific state's coordinator and don't hesitate to REPORT reactions. Doing this makes them much more aware of how prevalent and serious food allergies are.
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