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Food allergens (video)
Some food ingredients can cause severe allergic reactions to some people. This is known as anaphylaxis. Food that contains peanuts, tree nuts such as cashews, walnuts or almonds, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, sesame or soybeans or their products must be labelled however small the amount. Gluten must also be labelled for those with coeliac disease. Sulphite preservatives must also be labelled if there are more than 10 milligrams per kilogram. This is because it can trigger asthma attacks in some asthmatics at that level. There is more information about food allergies on the Anaphylaxis Australia website or on Allergy New Zealand's website.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand
- Allergies, Food and nutrition
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- Last reviewed:
- February 2023
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