Food allergies and the risk of food allergen cross-contamination seem to be more commonplace than ever. As a parent of a child who has a peanut allergy, I’ve learned firsthand how easy it is to inadvertently contaminate my surroundings and trigger an allergic reaction where I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.
If you have food allergies, it’s crucial that you avoid cross-contamination. Whether you’re allergic to peanuts, wheat, or another product, these tips will help you stay healthy and avoid trips to the hospital.
Cross-contamination is especially dangerous if you have severe food allergies.
Follow these techniques to avoid eating anything that may be contaminated with the food you’re allergic to:
Depending on your food allergens, your family may or may not be able to eat the same things. It’s common for families to have different sensitivities to the same substances.
Cross-contamination is a big issue in the food industry. A restaurant may claim they can make an allergen-free dish. However, it may still be contaminated by other items in the kitchen. Even if they have a separate space or utensils for these purposes, you run the risk of cross-contamination in your meals.
Even if you’ve bought the item before, it’s important to check the label each time. Brands and manufacturers frequently update their ingredient lists and change recipes.
If there’s any doubt about what might be in your food, it’s important to speak up and find out if any of your allergen could be present.
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