About Allergies


Quick Facts

  • Eggs have two allergenic parts, the yolk and/or the white.
  • Eggs are 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 eggs

  • Albumin/Albumen
  • Conalbumin
  • Egg substitutes such as Egg BeatersTM
  • Eggnog
  • Globulin
  • Livetin
  • Lysozyme
  • Meringue
  • Ovalbumin
  • Ovoglobulin
  • Ovolactohydrolyze proteins
  • Ovomacroglobulin
  • Ovomucin, ovomucoid
  • Ovotransferrin
  • Ovovitellin
  • Silico-albuminate
  • Simplesse® (fat replacer)
  • Vitellin

Possible sources of eggs

  • Alcoholic cocktails/drinks
  • Baby food
  • Baked goods and baking mixes
  • Battered/fried foods
  • Candy, chocolate
  • Cream-filled pies
  • Creamy dressings, salad dressings, spreads
  • Desserts
  • Egg/fat substitutes
  • Fish mixtures
  • Foam milk topping on coffee
  • Homemade root beer, malt drink mixes
  • Icing, glazes such as egg washes
  • Lecithin
  • Meat mixtures such as hamburgers, hot dogs, meatballs, meatloaf
  • Pasta
  • Quiche, soufflé
  • Sauces such as Béarnaise, Hollandaise, Newburg
  • Soups, broths, bouillons

Non-food sources of eggs

  • Anaesthetic such as Diprivan®
  • Certain vaccines
  • Craft materials, including some paints
  • Hair care products
  • Medications

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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