If you are allergic to peanuts, you have a common adult food allergy. Fortunately, due to the federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), if peanuts are used as a food ingredient, “peanut” must be listed specifically on the food label.
While often you may see peanuts whole as snacks or mashed between crackers or sandwich bread, peanuts can be dangerous in the form of peanut oil and peanut flour. Mixed nuts assortments, nougat, baked desserts and candies may contain peanuts and require extra caution.
If you have a peanut allergy, be aware of the danger of cross contamination of peanuts and other processed food ingredients, during manufacturing.
If you’re eating out, always tell your server that you’re allergic to peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy, avoid or use extra caution in restaurants serving foods from China, Vietnam, some African countries, Indonesia and Thailand. The risk of cross contamination is high from utensils and in food preparation areas.
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