Food allergy is an important health issue that affects millions of people all over the world every day. In Europe, for example, food allergies affect more than 17 million people.
Allergens are foreign molecules to which the body develops an undesired immune response and our immune system treats certain proteins as if they were disease-producing agents.
Food allergy can display the variety of symptoms from mild oral allergy and skin rash to severe life-threatening systemic reactions, i.e. anaphylactic shock, bronchial asthma or death.
It is still not clear why some people have food allergies and there is no cure exists at the moment. The only way is to avoid and not to have any contact with the dangerous food allergens.
There are strict regulations on food labeling in many countries which oblige companies to mark the presence of allergens on the packaging, even if there is just a possibility of a presence of allergens. Often consumers life and health depends on this information.
However food labelling requirements do not apply to all foods that can cause allergies (there are more than 160 of them), but only to the main ones like milk, eggs or fish.
In this category you can find rapid tests for the most common food allergens with a brief description, instruction that you can download.
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