What Are Major Food Allergens according to Servsafe?
Something to pay attention to, something to review for your Servsafe examination. The “Big 8”
The “Big Eight” allergens include: Cow’s milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and macadamia nuts), Fish, Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, & shrimp), Soybeans, and Wheat.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE POSTED A NOTICE IN YOUR FOOD ESTABLISHMENT, CHECK WTH YOUR LOCAL HEALTH REQUALTORY GROUP, A NOTICE MAY BE NEEDED IF AN ALLERGEN SIGN IS NEEDED TO ADVICE YOUR CLIENTS OF THE POTENTIAL RISK.
Your sign may read like this. To download a sign please visit our resources link.
Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms,some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening.
There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
To help Americans avoid the health risks posed by food allergens, FDA enforces the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (the Act). The Act applies to the labeling of foods regulated by FDA which includes all foods except poultry, most meats, certain egg products, and most alcoholic beverages which are regulated by other Federal agencies. The Act requires that food labels must clearly identify the food source names of any ingredients that are one of the major food allergens or contain any protein derived from a major food allergen.
As a result, food labels help allergic consumers identify offending foods or ingredients so they can more easily avoid them.