Food Allergies

Health and Wellness Nutrition Education

A food allergy is serious and potentially life-threatening immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms. Below are some resources for information on food allergies.

Allergies and Food Safety Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
FAQs regarding food allergies including topics such as symptoms, causes, specific foods, how to know if a food contains a major allergen, and more. This site is also available in Spanish.

Food Allergies: What You Need to Know Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA
(PDF to print and share is available) Reviews most common food allergens, how these are listed on food labels, symptoms of food allergies, anaphylaxis (severe reaction), and what to do if symptoms occur. Also provides contact information for reporting adverse effects and labeling concerns. This site (and PDF) is also available in Spanish.

Have Food Allergies? Read the Label Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA
Reviews most common food allergens and the different meanings of "contains" and "may contain."

Peanut Allergies: What You Should Know About the Latest Research & Guidelines Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Reviews previous recommendations and new research and guidelines on introducing peanut products to infants, and provides additional resources. This site is also available in Spanish.

Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Provides guidelines for early introduction of peanut-containing foods into the diets of infants at various risk levels for peanut allergy.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
PDF that reviews the difference between food allergy and food intolerance.

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