Food allergies

Food allergies

You could be allergic to certain food ingredients, so restaurants, sandwich bars and takeaways must give you correct information if you ask about food contents. Food labelling is important, especially to a person with a food allergy, as there can be fatal consequences from eating food containing allergens.

You could be allergic to things like:

  • peanuts and nuts – for example, almonds, pine nuts, cashews, hazelnuts
  • eggs
  • milk
  • sesame
  • fish and crustaceans – for example, crabs, lobsters, shrimps and prawns
  • molluscs – for example, squid, cuttlefish, snails
  • soya
  • lupin
  • cereals containing gluten – for example, wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt and kamut
  • mustard
  • celery
  • sulphites

You can sign up to get Food Standards Agency (FSA) food allergy alerts.

Allergen labelling on wrapped food

All pre-packed foods must say if there are any of the above allergens in its food.

This applies to packed foods including products where no ingredients lists are required, such as alcoholic drinks or small packages.

The allergenic ingredient should be clearly identified in the name of the food – for example, 'cod fish fingers' – or in the list of ingredients – for example, 'fish gelatine' or 'vegetable oil (with soya)'.

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