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One of the nine mostcommon food allergens
 Allergic reactions
 Allergic reactions are severe adverse reactions thatoccur when the body’s immune system overreacts toa particular allergen.These reactions may be caused by food,insect stings,latex,medications and other substances.In Canada,the nine priority food allergensare peanuts,tree nuts,sesame seeds,milk,eggs,seafood (fish,crustaceans and shellfish),soy,wheatand sulphites (a food additive).
 What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?
When someone comes in contact with an allergen,thesymptoms of a reaction may develop quickly and rapidlyprogress from mild to severe.The most severe form of anallergic reaction is called anaphylaxis.Symptoms can includebreathing difficulties,a drop in blood pressure or shock,which may result in loss of consciousness and even death.A person experiencing an allergic reaction may have
of the following symptoms:Flushed face,hives or a rash,red and itchy skinSwelling of the eyes,face,lips,throat and tongueTrouble breathing,speaking or swallowingAnxiety,distress,faintness,paleness,sense of doom,weaknessCramps,diarrhea,vomitingA drop in blood pressure,rapid heart beat,loss of consciousness
How are food allergies and severe allergicreactions treated?
Currently there is no cure for food allergies.The only optionis complete avoidance of the specific allergen.Appropriateemergency treatment for anaphylaxis (a severe food allergyreaction) includes an injection of adrenaline,which isavailable in an auto-injector device.Adrenaline must beadministered as soon as symptoms of a severe allergicreaction appear.The injection must be followed by furthertreatment and observation in a hospital emergency room.If your allergist has diagnosed you with a food allergy andprescribed adrenaline,carry it with you all the time andknow how to use it.Follow your allergists advice on howto use an auto-injector device.
Frequently asked questions aboutsesame seed allergies
I have a sesame seed allergy.How can I avoid asesame seed-related reaction?
Avoid all food and products that contain sesame seedsand sesame derivatives.These include any product whoseingredient list warns it “may contain” or “may containtraces of” sesame.
How can I determine if a product contains sesameseeds or sesame derivatives?
Always read the ingredient list carefully.Sesame seeds andsesame derivatives can often be present under differentnames,e.g.,tahini.For other common ingredient labelnames,refer to the list below.
 What do I do if I am not sure whether a productcontains sesame seeds or sesame derivatives?
If you have a sesame seed allergy,do not eat or use theproduct.Get ingredient information from the manufacturer.
Does product size affect the likelihood of anallergic reaction?
It does not affect the likelihood of a reaction;however,thesame brand of product may be safe to consume for oneproduct size but not another.This is because productformulation may vary between different product sizes of the same product.
Watch out for allergen cross contamination!
Cross contamination is the transfer of an ingredient (foodallergen) to a product that does not normally have thatingredient in it.Through cross contamination,a food thatshould not contain the allergen could become dangerousto eat for those who are allergic.Cross contamination can happen:during
food manufacturing
through shared productionand packaging equipment;at
through shared equipment,e.g.,cheese and delimeats sliced on the same slicer;and through bulk displayof food products,e.g.,bins of baked goods,bulk nuts;andduring
food preparation
at home or in restaurantsthrough equipment,utensils and hands.
 Avoiding sesame seeds and sesame derivatives
Make sure you read product labels carefully to avoidproducts that contain sesame seeds and sesame derivatives.Avoid food and products that do not have an ingredient listand read labels
every time
you shop.Manufacturers mayoccasionally change their recipes or use different ingredientsfor varieties of the same brand.Refer to the following listbefore shopping:
Other names for sesame seeds
Benne/benne seed/benniseedGingelly/gingelly oilSeedsSesamol/sesamolinaSesamum indicumSim simTahinaTahiniTilVegetable oil
Possible sources of sesame seeds
Aqua Libra
(herbal drink)Baked goods,e.g.,breads,cookies,pastries,bagels,bunsBread crumbs,bread sticks,cereals,crackers,melba toast,muesliDips,pâtés,spreads,e.g.,hummus,chutneyDressings,gravies,marinades,salads,sauces,soupsEthnic foods,e.g.,flavoured rice,noodles,shish kebabs,stews,stir fryFlavour(ing)Herbs,seasoning,spiceMargarineProcessed meats,sausagesRisotto (rice dish)Sesame oil,sesame salt (gomasio)Snack foods,e.g.,bagel/pita chips,candy,granola bars,halvah,pretzels,rice cakes,sesame snap barsTahiniTempehVegetarian burgers
Non-food sources of sesame seeds
Adhesive bandagesCosmetics,hair care products,perfumes,soaps,sun screensDrugsFungicides,insecticidesLubricants,ointments,topical oilsPet foodSesame meal,e.g.,poultry and livestock feed
Note:These lists are not complete and may change.Food and food products purchased from other countries,throughmail-order or the Internet,are not always produced using thesame manufacturing and labelling standards as in Canada.
What can I do? 
Be informed
See an allergist and educate yourself about food allergies.Contact your local allergy association for further information.If you or anyone you know has food allergies or would liketo receive information about food being recalled,sign upfor the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) freee-mail “Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts” notification serviceavailable at
.When you sign up you will automatically receive food recallpublic warnings.
Before eating
Allergists recommend that if you
do not have
yourauto-injector device with you that you
do not eat
.If aningredient list says a product “may contain” or “does contain”sesame or sesame derivatives,do not eat it.If you do notrecognize an ingredient or there is no ingredient list available,avoid the product.
 Allergists recommend that if youdo not have your auto-injector device with you that you do not eat.

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