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Know more about Food allergies

7 October 2012
Some foods and food ingredients or their components can cause severe allergic reactions including anaphylaxis.

Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy and wheat, and these must be declared on the food label however small the amount added. Gluten, also an allergen, needs to be declared on the label so people with Coeliac Disease or wheat allergy can identify these products.

'May contain' Labeling
Some food labels say ‘may contain’ certain allergens, such as ‘may contain nuts’. This is because the manufacturer is concerned that traces of nuts might be present in the food unintentionally, if, for example, the food is prepared on the same equipment as products that contain nuts. Allergy consumer support groups are working with industry to make these labels more helpful to allergy sufferers.

Allergen management in food service establishments such as restaurants and cafeteria
If you are allergic to certain foods such as peanuts and eggs that are widely used in the foods in the region, please confirm with the person in charge (PIC) that the food that you are going to order is free of allergens and has been produced in an area that is not contaminated with allergens.

Food establishments are required to give that information to the consumers.