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Food Allergy Tips for the Holidays: Keep Safe Foods Safe


The holidays are a time for family, friends and food. Make sure everyone who prepares, handles and serves food that your child with food allergies will eat knows how to prevent cross contamination.

  • Wash hands before and after eating or handling food, or keep wipes on hand. Hand sanitizer will not remove food proteins.
  • Read the labels of all food ingredients. Be sure you know all the label reading tips!
  • Wash all prep areas and eating areas with a paper towel and commercial cleaner, or a new sponge (a dirty one can transfer allergens).
  • Keep unsafe foods away from safe foods when preparing, serving and storing.
  • Prepare and cook safe meals first. Seal them and set aside. Then make unsafe foods.
  • Use separate serving utensils for each dish.
  • Make a plate for your child before the meal is served to avoid cross contamination.

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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