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About Allergies

Peanuts

Quick Facts

  • Peanuts are a member of the legume family, not related to tree nuts. A person can be allergic to peanuts and not be allergic to tree nuts, or they can be allergic to both.
  • Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. It is considered a priority allergen by Health Canada.

Be Allergy-Aware

  • Read ingredient labels every time you buy or eat a product.
  • Do The Triple Check and read the label:
    • Once at the store before buying it.
    • Once when you get home and put it away.
    • Again before you serve or eat the product.
  • Always carry your epinephrine auto-injector.
  • For tips on eating out, visit our guide for dining out with food allergies.
  • Check with manufacturers directly to see if the product is safe for you even if your allergen is not listed on the ingredient list.
  • Be careful when buying products from abroad since labelling rules differ from country to country. 

Other Names for Peanuts

  • Arachide
  • Arachis oil
  • Beer nuts
  • Cacahouète/cacahouette/cachuète
  • Goober nuts, goober peas
  • Kernels
  • Mandelonas (a nut-flavoured peanut confection)
  • Nut meats
  • Valencias

Possible sources of peanuts

  • Almond & hazelnut paste, icing, glazes, marzipan, nougat
  • Asian cuisine such as curries, egg rolls, pad thai, satay, Szechuan and other sauces, gravy, soups
  • Baked goods like cakes, cookies, donuts, energy bars, granola bars, pastries
  • Candies, such as mandelonas, chocolates, and chocolate bars
  • Cereals and granola, granola bars
  • Chili
  • Chipotle sauce and other Mexican/Latin sauces
  • Ice cream and flavoured ice water treats, frozen desserts, frozen yogurts, sundae toppings
  • Dried salad dressings and soup mixes
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein/ hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Faux nuts made from re-formed peanut products (Nu-NutsTM)
  • Peanut oil
  • Snack foods such as dried fruits, chewy fruit snacks, trail mixes, popcorn, pretzels, chips
  • Vegetarian meat substitutes
  • Edible fruit arrangements

Non-food sources of peanuts

  • Ant bait, bird feed, mouse traps
  • Cosmetics, hair and skin care products, soap, sunscreen
  • Craft materials
  • Medications, vitamins, and health supplements
  • Mushroom growing media
  • Pet foods and pet toys
  • Sunscreen and other creams
  • Stuffing in children’s toys

To Report a Reaction

If you believe you may have reacted to an allergen not listed on the packaging, you can report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which may issue a product recall. Find out more on our Food Labelling page.

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