There are 14 major allergens which must be clearly mentioned on food labels or on information such as restaurant menus when they are used as ingredients in a food product or meal. These reflect the most common food allergens across Europe. Some of these, such as mustard and celery are uncommon in the UK whilst others e.g. sulphur dioxide are not important in babies. milk, egg and nuts are the most common food allergies in UK children.
Here is your guide to the allergens to watch out for, and some examples of where they can be found.