Fact Sheet - Useful Websites for Food Allergen Information

Fact Sheet - Useful Websites for Food Allergen Information

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This fact sheet contains collated websites which are useful for food allergen information.  Note with caution, some of the documents on these websites were created before lupin was added to the mandatory declaration food list (Food Standards Code 1.2.3).

While any food can trigger an allergic reaction, the most common allergens, responsible for 90% of reactions are:

  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Tree nuts
  • Crustaceans (shellfish)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat
  • Lupin
  • Fish

Information about added sulphites (in amounts greater than 10mg/Kg) and cereals containing gluten must also be listed on the label or made known to the customer.

Understanding food allergens

National Allergy Strategy  

This organisation exists to improve the health and quality of life of Australians with allergic diseases, and minimise the burden of allergic diseases on individuals, their carers, healthcare services and the community. It has extensive free downloadable resources.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

This organisation supports individuals and carers in managing allergy and anaphylaxis. It has extensive free downloadable resources.

Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

This organisation is a professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand.  Their website has a section on food allergy and anaphylaxis.

NSW Food Authority – Allergies and Intolerances

Information on managing food allergies and intolerances, especially when buying food or eating out.

Food service allergen training

National Allergy Strategy

A free online training package for food service.  A certificate is available on completion of this 1.5 hour long course.

Extensive foodallergen management resources for all types of food business, including hospitals, schools and child care centres.

Allergy Hospitality Training Video

This video was produced in collaboration with the Australia New Zealand Food Allergen Collaboration as a training aid for all “front of house” staff employed in the Australasian hospitality sector.

All About Allergens – improving allergy awareness in food service

A brochure useful for raising awareness in food service businesses about allergen management.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Food Standards Australia New Zealand have a food allergen portal with resources for all types of food businesses.

For food manufacturers and industry

The VITAL Program

VITAL (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling program) is a standardised allergen risk assessment process for food industry.  It assists food manufacturers to assess ingredients and processing conditions that contribute towards the allergen status of the finished product.  There are also resources to explain allergen labelling.

National Measurement Institute (NMI)

The National Measurement Institute is an Australian laboratory which can test foods for the presence of allergens.

The Department of Health does not endorse the content of external websites, they are supplied for information purposes only.

May 2019