Allergenic Foods and their Allergens, with links to Informall

The Big-8

The Big-8

The Big-8

A group of the eight major allergenic foods is often referred to as the Big-81 and comprises milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean. These foods account for about 90% of all food allergies in the United States and must be declared on any processed food according to the USA food allergen labeling act (FALCPA)1. In addition labeling of the Big-8 is mandatory according to EU, Canadian, Japanese and Australian / New Zealand regulations, all of which follow Codex Alimentarius recommendations.

Allergic consumers may accidentally encounter problem foods as several of the Big-8 (e.g. eggs, milk, wheat, and soybean) are often used in processed products and can be “hidden”.

For a detailed description of the individual members of this group please follow the links.

Milk

Milk

Milk

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs

Fish

Fish

Fish

Crustacean Shellfish

Crustacean Shellfish

Crustacean shellfish

Tree Nuts

Tree Nuts

Tree nuts

Peanuts

Peanuts

Peanuts

Wheat

Wheat

Wheat

Soybeans

Soybean

Soybean