Learn how to Handle Food Allergies - What are the “big eight” major food allergies?
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Bob B. Gravani: Hi! I am Bob Gravani, I am a Professor of Food Science at Cornell University in Ithaca New York, my area of interest is food safety and I have been actively engaged in all sectors of the food industry. Today we are really going to be talking about food allergens, which are increasing in concern to many Americans, so let's begin and talk about some of those food allergens. Host: What are the big eight major food allergies? Bob B. Gravani: There are eight foods that cause about 90% of food allergic reactions and these foods are very simple milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish that means shrimps, lobster, crabs. Peanuts, tree nuts like almonds and pecans and walnuts and filberts and Brazil nuts, those are good examples of tree nuts, soy and wheat, those are the big eight food allergens that cause again 90% of food allergic reactions.

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