Germ Illustration

Cross-Contamination

  • Watch out for cross-contamination while preparing food. This can happen if you use the same equipment or utensils (or hands) for two different foods.
  • Be wary of careless food handlers. The scoop used for walnuts may have previously been in the peanut bin.
  • Ask about ingredients in foods before allowing children to taste.
  • Be safe rather than sorry. If you can’t be sure of what is in a food, don’t allow a child to eat it.

There is no cure for food allergies; the only way to avoid a reaction is to avoid contact with any specific allergens that affect the child.

Last modified: February 19, 2020