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A Glimpse at 'Gluten-Free' Food Labeling

Find out what gluten is, how FDA is working toward a clear and enforceable definition of 'gluten-free' on food labels, and if a gluten-free diet is for you.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Allergens

A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Learn about common food-allergic reactions to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Find general food allergy resources and information on a variety of specific allergies and sensitivities, including egg, fish, nut, soy, wheat, milk allergies and lactose intolerance.

Review Date: October 18, 2012

National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Anaphylaxis

Learn how to recognize and react to anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction to food, medication, insect stings, and latex.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Asthma and Allergy Educational Support Groups

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers support groups for parents, pre-teens and teens, adults, and those with food allergies.

Review Date: April 15, 2011

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Food Allergies in the Real World

This website is designed for young adults who want to take a more active role in managing their food allergies.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Food Allergies: Protect Yourself

If you have food allergies, learn how to protect yourself and how to be prepared to handle an allergic reaction.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

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.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food Allergy

Many people believe they are allergic to specific foods. But true food allergies aren't nearly as common as you might think.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Have Food Allergies? Read the Label

Federal law requires that the labels of most packaged foods marketed in the U.S. disclose when they are made with a “major food allergen.” Manufacturers can change their products’ ingredients at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the ingredient list every time you buy the product.

Review Date: May 13, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Kids: Food Allergies

Learn what a food allergy is and how to live with food allergies.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Locate an Allergist or Asthma Specialist

Find an allergist in your area by searching the online database and entering a zip code or a city, state and street address.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Seafood Allergy

Seafood allergies are the most common causes of food allergy and can be life-threatening. See your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction shortly after exposure to fish or shellfish.

Review Date: April 18, 2011

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Tips for Managing Food Allergies

Planning in advance how to handle certain situations, reading labels vigilantly, and following avoidance strategies are the keys to maintaining control over a food allergy.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Tips to Remember: Food Allergy

People with food allergies have an allergic reaction when they come in contact with certain foods. Learn about allergy symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and how the right care can help you feel better.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Understanding Food Allergy

Learn more about allergic reactions to foods and their possible causes, and how a healthcare professional diagnoses and treats food allergies.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

What's in It for Patients: Why You Need To Know About the Food Allergy Guidelines

Approximately 1 in 20 children and about one in 25 adults have a food allergy. If you have a food allergy, then the more you know and understand about the disease and its diagnosis and management, the better you will be able to discuss your care with your doctor.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Youths: Food Allergy Action Plan- (PDF)

Create a customized emergency action plan with your allergist so that if you have a reaction, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network