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Food Allergies

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:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Mustard
  • Peanuts
  • Seafood
  • Sesame
  • Soy
  • Sulfites
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat

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: