According to the Food Standards Agency it is estimated that 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children in the UK have a food allergy. This equates to around 2 million people living in the UK with a food allergy.
Around ten people in the UK die from allergic reactions to food every year. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild symptoms such as itching around the mouth and rashes; and can progress to more severe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, wheezing and on occasion anaphylaxis (shock).
As a home baker it is vital that I understand what Allergens are, How I can avoid causing customers allergic reactions and keep my business safe.
What are allergens?
Food Allergens are the substances in foods that can cause an allergic reaction. Allergens are normally proteins, and in some people, the immune system thinks allergens are foreign or dangerous. The immune response to these allergenic proteins is what leads to allergic reactions. The EU states 14 specific foods which are of public health importance.
Why is this knowledge important to a baker?
Allergic reactions to food can be potentially life threatening.Symptoms can appear within minutes, or up to several hours after a person has eaten a food they are allergic to. There is no cure for food allergy. An allergic individual must avoid the food which makes them ill. Therefore it is imperative that as a baker I take all precautions to keep my customers safe.
Precautions I can take.
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