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Food allergy is real for many people – it’s not just a fad. Food allergy can be serious. Occasionally it can kill.
It is estimated that around half a million people throughout the UK suffer severe allergic reactions to food. Common causes among the UK population include peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts and Brazil nuts), shellfish, fish, eggs, milk, wheat, soya, kiwifruit and sesame seeds.
Most people who are producing or serving food understand how serious food allergy can be, but they need information to ensure they can minimise the risks.
By developing a good understanding of food allergy and training members of staff to develop strategies to manage risks, you will be able to ensure that customers with allergies have confidence when they eat your food.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity to exclusively meet the needs of people at risk from severe allergic reactions and provides help and information for everyone affected by food allergy. Guided by some of the UK's top allergy experts, the Campaign has become a leading adviser to the food industry, government and health professionals.
In this section we aim to provide a basic understanding of food allergy and how it can be managed.
Areas of this section are aimed specifically at those who cater for allergy but have general messages which are valuable across the industry, see:
By joining us as a Corporate Member of the Anaphylaxis Campaign we will provide you with even more information specifically tailored to the Food Industry and by supporting us in this way you will contribute to our work to protect the allergic customer in all aspects of living with severe allergy. Find out more about supporting our work in How companies can help.
One of the many member benefits is the opportunity to attend our Member Conferences where leading UK experts are invited to speak.
If you are involved in Catering you can download our Factsheet Guidance for Caterers
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