Food hazards
Chemical contamination - food allergies
Natural allergens
Some people are allergic to certain chemicals (termed allergens) in some types of food. The chemicals can cause a severe, possibly life-threatening reaction for a person.
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The most common foods that cause reactions include:
  • Peanuts
  • Seeds
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Cow's milk
  • Tomatoes
Artificial allergens
Food additives, colours and preservative can cause reactions in some people. These additives undergo rigorous tests before they are allowed to be used and are usually harmless to most people.
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Even a tiny amount of the wrong ingredient could cause severe reactions to someone with a food allergy!
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