Why Are Food Allergies a Concern?
For many people, with a sensitivity or an allergy to certain foods, preparing meals or eating out can be a challenge. Food allergies can cause digestive problems, breathing problems, skin rashes and hives, and for some a life threatening condition called anaphylactic shock.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has identified a list of foods and additives that cause the most common and severe allergic reactions. The ten most common food allergens are:
- Tree Nuts
What Can I Do to Reduce Exposing Someone to Food Allergens?
Some of the same safe food handling practices that prevent foodborne illness also help reduce the transfer of allergens into your food.
- Separate foods
- Cover foods to prevent cross-contamination
- Practice good hand washing
- Use gloves properly
- Avoid using ingredients known to cause allergic reactions where you can
- If you’re not sure what’s in a product, say so
For more information about reducing the risk of allergens getting into food please refer to the following information: