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