Schools throughout the country have a variety of food allergy policies and it's important to connect with your child's particular school to find out about it.
However, there seems to be an overlap in terms of the ingredients to be watchful about.
Based on the Government of Canada, we have selected the top 5 for you to be aware and make note of during your next trip to the grocery store.
Though these are at the top of the list, we highly suggest getting in touch with your school in case there's a child attending this year that may be allergic to bananas, for example.
1) Peanuts - this allergen is popular, most schools have banned the entry of anything that includes or has been contaminated with peanuts. You just can't be too careful!
2) Eggs - the statement on food labels that reads 'may contain eggs' is an important message to consider. If your school has restricted eggs, a 'may contain' wording should be enough to put the product back on the shelf.
3) Seafood - for the most part, this includes things like shellfish and clams but there may be the rare cases of fish such as tuna. Even the light steam from these may cause an allergic reaction to neighbouring lunch eaters.
4) Dairy - we feel this one is more on the sharing side of lunch but we're not doctors, please consult your school and/or doctor if your including muffins in your child's lunch. If you're baking and sending them off with a delicious homemade treat, consider implementing a 'no food sharing' policy.
5) Soy - usually it's the protein found in soy that is the primary culprit of this allergen, meaning that 'soy bean oil' should be ok. Though 'soy lecithin' would not be.
We've put together a fillable Top 10 List of Lunch Food Allergens for you (and the kids!) to write out the products that DO NOT include these as a quick safe list to have handy when at the store.
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Is there another allergen we should add to this list? Please let us know in the comments.