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Emojis for peanuts and soybeans proposed

Adding emojis to peanuts and soybeans will enable people to see what products are used in the food they are buying

Soon, there will be a bunch of new emojis characters to represent food allergies. A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium, which governs the specification for emojis, suggests that specific emoji for food allergies needs to be added to the current coverage.

For example, peanuts and soybeans are sources of common food allergies, but have no emojis. Adding emojis to food allergens enables people see what products are used in the food they are buying, even in foreign countries, and make a safe selection.

The proposal, submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and offers a peek into some useful new emojis.

It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand.

This is in addition to the current coverage of products like fish, banana, and chicken that have emojis.

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