When Allergens Turn Deadly - Food Allergy

By Fiona Burns
15 Oct 2019

Around 2 million people in the UK have a food allergy.

As an employer, there are a number of ways you can guarantee your employees’ safety.

Create a safe area for your staff to store their food. Provide safe snacks if your company provides food, and inform any outside caterers of employees with food allergies.

Awareness is also key. Be aware of the different types of food allergens and which allergies (if any) your employees’ have.

Here are the 14 most common food allergens to look out for:



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When Allergens Turn Deadly

The 14 most common food allergens are:

  1. Celery
  2. Peanuts
  3. Sesame seeds
  4. Eggs
  5. Fish
  6. Cereals containing gluten
  7. Milk
  8. Soybeans
  9. Mustard
  10. Tree nuts
  11. Lupin
  12. Crustaceans
  13. Molluscs
  14. Sulphur dioxide or sulphies

Be allergen-aware

  • Always ask if someone has an allergy
  • Wash your hands before and after meals to prevent cross-contamination
  • Learn the signs of an allergic reaction and what to do in an emergency

Expert support

If you're concered about allergens in your workplace, speak to a Croner expert today on 01455 858 132.

About the Author

Fiona Burns

Fiona Burns has practical experience in Health & Safety and Risk Management having worked for major insurer prior to joining Croner.

She has gained extensive helpline experience offering competent advice and timely support to large number of clients, in various industries and at all levels.  Completed the NEBOSH General Certificate, also passed NEBOSH Environmental Diploma Unit A, (IOSH Managing Environmental responsibilities). NEBOSH Fire and Risk Management Certificate, FPA Advance Fire Training, NCRQ Diploma – Distinction currently completing IPD and volunteering for Community project in Atherstone also as a Dementia support worker with CWPT.


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