Allergens are dangerous
Foods that most frequently cause allergic reactions include wheat, shell sh, eggs, sh, milk, tree nuts, sesame seeds, peanuts and soybeans, as well as products made from these foods. More than 90 percent of serious reactions are caused by these foods.
In total there are about 160 known foods that can cause allergic reactions. These foods include kiwifruit, avocado, banana, legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils, peas etc), spices (e.g. mustard seed and poppy seed) and others.
Most pre-packaged foods that contain the most common food allergens must declare them in their list of ingredients.
These allergens are:
• crustacea and crustacea products (crab, prawn, cray sh);
• eggs and egg products;
• sh and sh products (including shell sh);
• milk and milk products;
• peanuts and soybeans (including their products);
• tree nuts and sesame seeds and their products.
If you prepare food, such as a sandwich, or cook a dish to order, you should be able to identify what has gone into it. Use the recipe, ingredient labels and information provided by your suppliers to understand what allergens may be present.
Even tiny amounts of a food allergen may trigger a severe reaction. So, make sure there are no trace amounts present from cross-contamination – from food surfaces, utensils and equipment used for other dishes.
Validactor enabled products clearly lists any contained allergen. The list of any allergen present is just a tap away. When checking the characteristics of any Validactor enabled product make sure you tap on the Allergen list to verify your allergies.
Validactor does more, once you are registered, Validactor reminds your allergies and anytime you buy any product with allergens will warn you of any possible risk for your health.
• Oil used for frying (or curing the pan) might contain food allergens.
• Check the ingredient list of pre-prepared ingredients such as thickeners, stocks and dressings.
• Foods containing allergens are not always obvious. For example, praline and nougat contain nuts, and hummus usually contains tahini, which is made from sesame seeds.
• Check garnishes are safe to use.
• Make sure whoever prepares food understands there may be other names associated with food allergens, such as milk products labelled as whey.
• You can’t simply take out the pieces of food allergen in the food that you can see – traces can still remain.
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excerpts taken from http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/allergens-can-kill.pdf