Top Nine Allergens

Although more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 identifies these eight most common allergenic foods that account for 90 percent of food allergic reactions: Milk, Eggs, Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp), Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans), Peanuts, Wheat and Soybeans. In April 2021, the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act was signed into law, declaring sesame as the 9th major food allergen. In 2024, Coconut is expected to be declared the 10th major food allergen.



FDA mandatory statements that need to appear on all menu formats in 20-unit or greater restaurant chains:

“2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary” and “Additional nutrition information is available upon request.”

If you offer extensive child-friendly items, you might want to include this optional disclaimer:

“1,200 to 1,400 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice for children ages 4 to 8 years and 1,400 to 2,000 calories a day for children ages 9 to 13 years, but calorie needs vary.”

Allergen Messages

Vegetarian: Item may contain eggs, dairy, gelatin & honey, but does not contain meats such as beef, chicken, pork, fish, & shellfish.

Vegan:  Item does not contain animal by-products such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, gelatin & honey.

Ovo-Laco:  A vegan item with eggs and/or dairy products.

Gluten-Friendly: Product is not made with ingredients
containing gluten. Cross contact is possible.

Menu items do not contain gluten and are prepared &
served in a designated area, yet cross-contact may occur.

Consumer Advisory

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

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