Have you ever wondered whether your menu contains Soy, Fish, Egg, or Wheat? If so, then you should know that you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are many products out there that can make your menu safe. Listed below are some tips on selecting food items that are allergen-free. Once you know what to look for, you can buy allergen-free foods with confidence.

Soy

Soy is an ingredient that has become highly popular with the restaurant and hospitality industry. Its widespread use in cooking, baking, and condiments has created a huge consumer demand for allergen-free food. In fact, over 30,000 Americans visit emergency rooms every year with food-induced reactions. Allergic people may experience symptoms even from small amounts of the offending food, and their sensitivity increases with repeated exposure. In the United States, around 100 to 200 people die of food allergies each year. Most allergies are not curable and strict avoidance of the offending food is the best form of prevention. Common food-related allergens include milk, peanuts, soybeans, and tree nuts.

Fish

If you sell seafood, chances are your customers have food allergies and intolerances. To avoid cross-contact, serve safe dishes that are free of allergens. To avoid foodborne illness, inform kitchen personnel of allergen special orders. You must also follow appropriate procedures for handling guests with allergies. Read on to find out how to make sure your customers’ dining experience is safe. This article explains the benefits of servsafe seafood and offers alternatives.

Egg

When preparing for ServSafe certification, candidates must be aware that this particular allergen is often hidden within a food product. Allergies to food are quite common, but they don’t always manifest themselves in the same way. In fact, a large percentage of food allergies can be traced to a few common ingredients. ServSafe’s comprehensive study guide for this food safety certification covers the most common allergens. ServSafe’s Allergen test is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of these ingredients and how to avoid them in food preparation.

Wheat

Several ingredients used in food can be allergenic, including wheat. For instance, wheat contains a common food allergen, gluten, and if your business uses these ingredients, you should use a servsafe product to prevent cross-contamination. The Codex Alimentarius Commission defines wheat as any cereal containing a significant amount of gluten. Spelt, an ancient variety of wheat, also contains gluten.

Soybeans

Soybeans are one of the most common sources of the common food allergen whey. Whey is the liquid left over after milk curdles and is found in many products. Another common food allergen is lecithin, a highly processed soy food. As a result, soy is often hidden in processed foods and products. And while the name of the allergen may be different depending on the state you live in, you can be sure that soy is in your food.

Soy sauce

If you’re a food allergy sufferer, you’ve probably heard of the “Big 8” food allergens. These eight ingredients are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies in the United States, and they must be listed on labels and in recipes. For the most part, soy allergies start early in life – before the age of three. Thankfully, most people outgrow them by age ten. But if you can’t avoid soy, you can use an alternative.

Soy lecithin

Servsafe Soy Lecithin is a food additive made from soy, a common source of food allergies. Because of this, the ingredient must be labeled to alert consumers of the presence of the allergen. This ingredient is also derived from other commonly allergenic sources, including milk, eggs, wheat, and peanuts. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two exemptions from labeling soy lecithin.

Soy flour

The FDA requires all packaged foods to list soy on the label, but some products may not. For example, a cookie that is labeled as “vegetarian” may actually contain soy flour. Also, many dairy products may contain soy, including cheese and yogurt. Even “non-dairy” products often contain soy, which is a common food allergen.