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Sesame allergy has been in the news a lot recently, and most people in the allergy testing industry cannot stop talking about it. But why? Well, the news has broken that sesame allergies are more common than previously thought, and sesame itself is about joining the big eight allergens, making it nine!

What are the big eight allergens?

Typically, there a handful of foods, which are ominously referred to as the ‘big eight’ and they are the foods which you are most likely to have an allergy to. Around the world, but particularly in the US, the UK, and Australia; milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, crustacean, peanuts, wheat and soy, are all considered to be common allergens and harmful to people’s body.

These are the products that, by law, must be clearly labelled on all food packages. If someone asks you whether you have an allergy at a restaurant or at a party, they will most likely be expecting an answer mentioning one of the big eight.

Where is sesame allergy in the list?

Currently, sesame allergy isn’t considered to be that common and therefore sesame does not feature in the top eight. However, this could all be about to change… All around the world, sesame allergies are becoming increasingly common. There is no concrete evidence as to why this is happening, but the evidence is there to suggest that the number is rising sufficiently enough for people to take note. Allergic reactions to sesame can be severe, and often life-threatening.

If you are not sure if you have a sesame allergy or intolerance then you can find out for yourself here. In fact, according to CSPINET, a recently composed study has highlighted that one-third of children allergic to sesame was taken to hospital in a rush last year,

So, what can be done?

Well, there is a growing clamour for sesame to be included as a must-be labelled clearly ingredient on the food packages. You can also identify if you have a sesame allergy or food intolerance by ordering one of our tests here. Allergy Test Australia is here to help you.