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Egg Allergy Diet
Advisory statements are not regulated by the FDA. They are voluntary.
These include labels such as "processed in a facility that also processed egg." Or "made on
shared equipment." Ask your healthcare provider if you may eat foods with these labels. Or
if you should stay away from them.
guidelines for egg allergy
key to an allergy-free diet is to stay away from foods or products containing the food
to which you are allergic.
are a commonly used food that may cause food allergy reactions. It isn't hard to
eliminate eggs. But it may be challenging to stay away from food products that contain
eggs. To avoid these foods, you must read food labels.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)
requires U.S. packaged foods to state clearly on the label if they contain egg.
How to read
a label for an egg-free diet
Always read the entire ingredient label to look for egg. Egg ingredients may be within
the ingredient list. Or egg could be listed in a “contains egg” statement after the
ingredient list. Stay away from foods that contain any of the following ingredients:
Foods that don't contain egg could be contaminated during
manufacturing. Advisory statements are not regulated by the FDA. They are voluntary.
These include labels such as "processed in a facility that also processed egg." Or "made
on shared equipment." Ask your healthcare provider if you may eat foods with these
labels. Or if you should stay away from them.
possible sources of eggs or egg products
A shiny glaze or yellow-colored baked goods may
indicate the presence of egg.
Egg whites and shells may be used as clarifying
agents in soup stocks, consommes, bouillons, and coffees.
Salad dressings, ice cream, and frosting might contain eggs.
Read all labels carefully.
There are some foods and products that are not covered by FALCPA.
Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
Cosmetics and personal care items
Prescription and over-the-counter medicines and
Toys, crafts, pet foods
for eggs in recipes
each egg, substitute 1 of the following combinations:
1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp applesauce (unsweetened or sweetened)
1 tsp yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
1 tbsp apricot puree
1½ tbsp water, 1½ tbsp oil, 1 tsp baking
1 packet gelatin, 2 tbsp warm water (don't mix
until ready to use)
Commercial egg substitute products are not egg-free. They should not be used by people
with egg allergy.
Always carry 2 epinephrine auto-injectors. Make sure you
and those close to you know how to use it.
Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your
If you don't have epinephrine auto-injectors, talk with
your healthcare provider. Ask if you should carry them.
In a restaurant, food may be cross-contaminated with egg.
Always read food labels. And always ask about ingredients
at restaurants. Do this even if these are foods that you have eaten in the
Don't eat at buffets with egg. This reduces your risk of
cross-contaminated foods from shared utensils.
Online Medical Reviewer:
Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer:
Deborah Pedersen MD
Date Last Reviewed:
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