If you are allergic to finned fish, you have a common adult food allergy. Keep our finned fish list, which follows, handy. Popular finned fish served at eating places include anchovies, artic char, bass, catfish, cod, flounder, grouper, haddock, herring, perch, pike, pollock, salmon, sardines, scrod, sole, snapper, swordfish, tilapia, trout and tuna.
Due to your fish allergy, you need to detect when fish becomes part of another food. Imitation fish may indeed contain fish. Does your Caesar salad contain fish? It may. Do you know that the words, “caviar” and “roe”, actually describe fish eggs? Surprisingly, a Worcestershire sauce may include anchovies.
If you go to a restaurant where seafood is served, alert your server to your finned fish allergy, even if you don’t order seafood. Cross contamination from a grill, from the food preparation area, from shared cooking oil or from cooking utensils is possible.
Always ask plenty of questions, before taking your first bite. Fortunately, the federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires the specific fish to be listed on every food label.
If you are allergic to fish, extra caution may be necessary in some African, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. A variety of fish may be used in cooking, which increases the risks of cross contamination.
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