What is a Food Allergy?

 A person who is allergic to a particular food will have a reaction when they encounter that food. The body's immune system views the food as harmful. Any food can be an allergen. The most common food allergens are:*

Milk

Peanuts

Tree Nuts

Egg

Soy

Fish

Shellfish

Wheat

Sesame

*Federal law requires packaged foods to list when any one of these allergens is present in the food.

Here are some helpful websites that describe food allergies in depth:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

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