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Food allergens – information for consumers

Food allergies can be life threatening. The only way to manage a food allergy is by avoiding the food allergen.

If you suspect you or someone you care for has a food allergy you should contact a doctor so you can be referred to an allergy/immunology specialist or doctor with experience in food allergy for ongoing management.

The Allergen Collaboration has agreed on a number of key messages for consumers in regard to food allergens. These are listed below.

  • You should be referred to an allergy/immunology specialist or doctor with experience in food allergy for ongoing management.
  • Always check food labels for allergens every time you eat.
  • Always disclose your allergy and ask about allergen content when eating away from home.
  • Always be vigilant for high risk situations where food may be cross contaminated by other customers, e.g. buffet meals, bulk bin food displays, etc.
  • Always carry your adrenaline auto-injector if you are prescribed one and be prepared to use it.
  • Always carry your ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) Action Plan and know what to do if you have a reaction.

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