Most states in the U.S. do not have regulations regarding food allergies and restaurants. Ingredients in restaurant foods may vary. Cross-contact is also more likely. Many restaurants are becoming more food allergy aware though. Look for places that have food allergy policies and allergy menus. When you eat out, use these chef cards to let the restaurant staff know how to help you avoid allergic reactions to tree nut.
Tree nuts can appear on food labels under many different names. To avoid tree nuts in foods and other products, it helps to learn the different names of tree nuts. If you see these ingredients on a label or menu, it means it contains tree nut protein and is not safe for someone with tree nut allergy. If the product is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the common tree nut name must appear on the label.
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