A food allergy is a potentially serious response to consuming certain foods or food additives. For those who are sensitive, a reaction can occur within minutes or hours, and symptoms can range from mild to life threatening. The eight leading causes of food allergies are milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both have
laws requiring that all the ingredients in a food product be listed on the food label.