I've only been here a short time, but two ideologies seem to be prevalent around here. One ideology trusts in empirical, well-researched, current medical thinking. The other takes a more skeptical view of standard medicine and may give more credence to to anecdotal experience (both theirs, and that of others) and to alternative medicine.
I think that in some cases the second group (into which I fall, BTW) may be a bit more skeptical because we have been burned in the past by traditional medicine. Many of the health improvements I've experienced haven't come as a result of traditional medicine, but as a result of anecdotal help I've received from talking to others, searching the web, etc. I realize that this makes me laughable to some, but I've received enough help from listening to others' experiences that I don't care.
When it comes to things like this thread, these two ideologies can wind up clashing. Those who trust labels, etc., trust. And those who don't, don't. All of us are dealing with things the best we can. What I wish is that both groups would one another a little slack. Trying to navigate all this is hard enough already.
I realize I'm generalizing here. Please don't be offended if my categories don't quite fit your situation.
I don't think learning to read a label correctly has anything to do with trust issues. There really is a learning curve with Label Reading 101 and if industry continually screwed it up and had allergens in a food source that was undisclosed, people would be getting sick all the time (and it isn't all about Celiac, either) and that is not happening. Truth is, I am sure it can and does happen but not on the epic scale some people think. There are so many other reasons why people with food allergies and intolerances react to food and it may or may not have anything to do with their individual problem. Most of the mistakes or questions I see here lately are either from learning that still needs to happen or
learning from the wrong sources. The ones that perpetuate urban myths about where gluten is. Because it is there in some places and not hidden because it would have to be declared.
CC is a whole 'nother issue and that's why every food store I have ever been to in my area has disclaimers now about allergy issues and cc. Right up front where it's easy to see. It's up to you, as the consumer, to have a look and see if there is any chance of something cc'ing the food you want, in the case where it sits. Ask questions.
I am not against labeling laws but I also have never had trouble figuring out what was safe for me to eat in any situation. When in doubt, eat something else. If newer labeling makes things easier, fine, but you still are going to have to learn about this diet and use your head to figure things out. I have been doing this for a very long time and it does become second nature and should get tremendously easier. And if the unthinkable happens and you sustain a hit, lesson learned and move on. It won't happen nearly as often the longer you do this.