The rise of food allergies
What is a food allergy?
A FOOD allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to an allergen (a protein) in a food such as peanut, tree nut, egg, cow’s milk and/or seafood.
Reactions can occur within 20 minutes to two hours of eating these foods and can rapidly progress to life threatening anaphylaxis.
Food allergy is different to food intolerance, which does not involve the immune system and usually occurs from ingesting chemicals naturally present in foods, or added to foods, such as amines, salicylates and/or additives. Reactions are often mild,