How do I recognise allergens in Schär products?

How do I recognise allergens in Schär products?

Since the end of 2005 all food items, which can cause an allergic reaction (such as gluten), regardless of the contained form or amount, must be indicated on the product label. The 14 most common triggers for allergies and other intolerances are:

  • grains containing gluten *
  • milk *
  • eggs *
  • soya *
  • peanuts *
  • shelled nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts) *
  • celery *
  • mustard *
  • crustaceans *
  • fish *
  • sesame seeds *
  • lupines *
  • molluscs *
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites in a concentration of more than 10 mg/kg or 10mg/litre

*and products made thereof

In order to help you easily and comfortably recognise the allergens of each product and in this way be able to choose the most ideal food items for your diet requirements, Schär has developed a clear distinction system.

Free from:

The distinction “free from” indicates that the allergen is not contained in the specific product. The absence of allergens is guaranteed (for example: free from gluten, wheat, lactose). 

Without addition of:

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The distinction “without addition of” describes which ingredients are not part of the recipe of this product. However, unintentional cross contaminations cannot be excluded (for example without addition of milk, egg, soya). If a product contains allergens this will be indicated in bold in the list of ingredients.

What does the warning indication: “May contain traces of...” mean?


It is mandatory to indicate allergens, however, a possible unintentional contact of the product with these allergens does not have to be indicated. If for example a milk chocolate is produced after a nut chocolate traces of nuts may pass over to the milk chocolate. In order to consider these cases producers often use the term “may contain traces of...”. This indication is not compulsory by law.  On our website you can specifically look for products without certain allergens with our filter.