Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening.
There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens—and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food—are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
- A Survey of Milk in Dark Chocolate Products May 21, 2015
- Consumer Update: What FDA Learned About Dark Chocolate and Milk Allergies
- Food Fact: Allergies - Reducing the Risks
- Food Fact: What You Need to Know About Food Allergies
(also available in Spanish)
Industry & Regulator Information
- Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282) August 2, 2004
- Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act of 2004 - Questions & Answers December 12, 2005; Updated July 18, 2006
- Food Allergens Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information
Includes questions and answers on the Gluten-Free Labeling Proposed Rule, Allergen Guides, Food Allergen Partnership, Label Declaration of Allergenic Substances in Food, and more.
Information from Other Federal Government Agencies
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Food Allergies - Healthfinder
- National Institutes of Health
- Food Allergy - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- National Library of Medicine