Teaching Our Kids About Food Allergies – Free Food Allergy Posters

We Don’t Need Cross-Contamination

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In this tribute to Pink-Floyd we present cross contact (AKA cross-contamination), the presence of unintended food allergen. Exposure to an allergen by cross contact is a common cause of allergic reactions. Cross contact of food allergen can occur from contact with surfaces, other foods, and with transfer of saliva. If a person is then exposed to these allergens, especially by mouth, it may be enough of an exposure to cause a serious allergic reaction. Keep in mind that allergens can withstand heating and drying and exposure to small amounts of allergen is enough to result in anaphylaxis. Saliva, whether from a person or a pet can contain allergens and therefore can be a source of cross contact. For this reason sharing of anything that goes in the mouth can become a source. If contact with pets, keep in mind that pet food can contain allergens. Preventing cross contact with cleaning is important. Establish a cleaning protocol to avoid cross contact. For more information read on How to Avoid Cross-Contact with Food Allergen in the Living Confidently with Food Allergies Handbook.


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