"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." U.S Department of Health and Human Services

What Are Major Food Allergens?

There are 170 foods that have been reported to cause and allergic reaction in people with food allergies. 

The eight foods identified by the law are

  1. Milk

  2. Eggs

  3. Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)

  4. Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)

  5. Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)

  6. Peanuts

  7. Wheat

  8. Soybeans


These eight foods, and any ingredient that contains protein derived from one or more of them, are designated as “major food allergens' by FALCPA. However an Allergy can Happen to ANYONE. ANYWHERE. At ANYTIME. 

There are over 50 million Americans  who experience an allergy of some type. They can occur in winter, spring, summer or fall; it all depends on what a person is allergic to. Most seasonal allergies, like a pollen allergy, are airborne. Non-seasonal allergies, like a food allergy, can affect you anytime of the year. Allergy types include:

  • Respiratory and eye allergies

  • Food allergies

  • Insect allergies

  • Drug allergies

  • Skin allergies