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Shellfish Allergy

Shellfish Allergy
Shellfish Allergies?

Definition:

A shellfish allergy is due to an immune system reaction after contact with or ingestion of shellfish. These types of seafood have an exterior shell and no bones and are either mollusks or crustaceans. Examples include:, clams, oysters, mussels, squid, prawns, crab, shrimp and lobster.

Can someone eat fish safely when allergic to shellfish?

Yes, unless you are allergic to fish. Caution: if shellfish was cooked on the same surface or in the same oil as a fish meal an allergic reaction due to cross contamination may occur.

Are shellfish caught alongside fish?

This can occur, most common are local fishermen and friends or relatives who have gone fishing and have caught then stored, chilled, and/or flash frozen both together. Cross contamination can occur at the time of storing the ‘catch’. It is important to ask questions when purchasing fish to learn whether there is a potential for shellfish cross contamination.

If you suspect you have food allergies, see your doctor or allergist for testing and diagnosis. Knowing what foods to avoid and carrying emergency medicine like epinephrine, if needed, can save your life if you have a serious allergy.

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