I rushed into Coles yesterday to buy mayonnaise for the potato salad & coleslaw for our Melbourne Cup BBQ dinner. As our 3yo Miss J has allergies to eggs (amongst several other foods), I always buy the Praise 99% Fat Free mayonnaise, as it is egg free, and safe for her.
I was in a rush so swooped into the Mayo aisle, saw the squeezable Fat Free bottle, grabbed it and was off to find the next item on my list.
As I pushed the trolley I glanced in and saw the Kraft bottle of mayo. I thought “Kraft? Why have I got Kraft I buy Praise”, I picked up the bottle of mayo, saw Fat Free on the front and thought ok that’s fine it’s the “safe” one.
Then a little voice said, “don’t forget to double check it” and so I flipped it over, and there on the ingredient of the 97% Fat Free Mayo was egg!
The difference being that the Kraft 97% Fat Free contains egg, while the Praise 99% Fat Free is egg free.
While I caught my error early, the fact that I made the error is a wakeup call to myself. I should never be in that much of a rush that I don’t remember to double check the ingredients of everything I buy, every time I buy it, our daughters health relies on it!
It’s so easy to get distracted while grocery shopping, especially with little ones tagging along, but it’s worth it to take those few extra moments to read the label.
**As an aside while checking info for this post I noticed that Praise had the incorrect ingredients listed on their website – they listed the same ingredients for their “traditional” mayo, on the page for their 99% fat free “egg free” mayo! I wonder how many sales they have lost through this website error. I contacted their customer service number and after they confirmed the error they advised they will fix it up. This print screen is from today, I’m sure Praise will have updated their website soon!
Also, just wanted to make clear, I am not pro Praise and/or anti Kraft, just showing my experiences with these specific products. The fact that the Kraft product contains egg is not a criticism, I am merely highlighting it as a product that our daughter cannot eat due to her allergies.
Till next time,
Mel – ThisHappyMumma