What is Food Allergy?

Food allergy is caused when the body mistakenly makes an antibody to ‘fight off’ a specific food. When the food is next eaten (or sometimes is just in contact with the skin)! It triggers an immune system response, which results in the release of histamine and other substances in the body. The results can be severe and result in anaphylactic shock.

The foods that most commonly cause allergy are milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, sesame, crustaceans, molluscs fish, gluten, soya, celery, lupin, mustard and Sulphites. These items are written in bold on the food label



  • Identify and avoid the cause (if possible)
  • Read the label (never guess)
  • Recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  • Know what to do if it happens again