Skip to main content
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Logo

Food allergies

A food allergy occurs when a person's immune system reacts to allergens that are harmless to other people. Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy and wheat. These must be declared on the food label, whenever they are present in food as ingredients (or as components of food additives or processing aids), however small the amounts present. Read more at the links below.

On 25 May 2017 lupin was added to the list of allergens that must be declared. Food businesses have 12 months from this date to meet mandatory allergen declaration requirements for any food products containing lupin.

Receive the latest information about allergy alerts by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also subscribe to receive emails about food recall alerts. Subscribe here.


Return to top