Food allergy basics

A food allergy occurs when a person’s immune systems reacts to a food protein that is harmless for most people.

Some food allergies can be severe, causing potentially life threatening allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. 

At Home

Educate those around you

Family, friends, babysitters


Read ingredient labels every time a food is purchased because ingredients and manufacturing processes can change.

Cleaning tips

Reading food labels

Even if the food has been a ‘safe’ food in the past it is important to check the food label every time.

Cooking tips


Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly before preparing food. Make sure chopping boards are cleaned well in warm soapy water. 

Storage of food

Storage of food

There are different strategies to reduce risk - for very young children you may choose not to have the allergen in the home. Keep foods in their original packaging where possible.

Reporting reactions

what you need to know

Reporting reactions what you need to know

Find out what to do if you have an allergic reaction when eating out and you told the staff about your allergy when ordering or after eating a packaged food that was incorrectly labelled.

All about Allergens

training for food service

All about Allergens training for food service

Learn about how to improve food allergy management by undertaking the FREE All about Allergens training course for food service designed for anyone working in food service.

Teens & young adults

new 250K website

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Website provides age-appropriate information to help teens and young adults with severe allergies. Helping them to feel more connected with others going through similar experiences.

A food allergy education project supported by

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
National Allergy Strategy

The National Allergy Strategy is an initiative of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia.

This project received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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