MAIN FOOD ALLERGENS
It is possible to be allergic to any food but there are 9 foods (often referred to as allergens) which are responsible for 90% of all allergies. These are milk, eggs, peanut, tree nuts, soya, sesame, wheat, fish and shellfish.
In total there are 14 foods recognised as “main allergens”. The others are: celery, mustard, lupin and sulphites. Shellfish are broken down into crustaceans and molluscs. Wheat is grouped together with cereals containing gluten. Below you will see we have included a section for wheat and gluten together. In the UK and the EU it is the law to label these foods wherever they’re found: on packaging, ingredients lists and menus.
We are compiling factsheets on all of these and we’re also researching other foods which you’ve told us commonly cause reactions, like peas, coconut and additional legumes to peanut, such as chickpeas. They’ll be up on the site soon.
If you or your child has an allergy to a food not on this list then please email us here to tell us about it.