- Sesame seeds can be creamy white or charcoal black in colour.
- Sesame oil is dark in colour and is commonly used in Asian dishes.
- Sesame is considered a priority allergen by Health Canada.
- 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 sesame
- Benne, benne seed, benniseed
- Gingelly, gingelly oil
- Sesamol, sesamolina
- Sesamum indicum
- Sim sim
- Tahini (sesame paste)
Possible sources of sesame
- Baked goods like hamburger buns, breads, bagels, cookies, flatbreads
- Bread crumbs, bread sticks, cereals, crackers, melba toast
- Dips and patés
- Dressings, gravies, marinades, salads, sauces, soups
- Flavoured rice, noodles, soups
- Granola and muesli
- Herbs, seasoning, spices
- Processed meats, sausages
- Risotto (rice dish)
- Sesame oil, sesame salt
- Shish kebabs, stews, stir fries
- Snack foods: chips, pretzels, rice cakes, granola bars, candy
- Vegetarian burgers
- Vegetable oil (may contain sesame oil)
Non-food sources of sesame
- Adhesive bandages
- Cosmetics, hair care products, perfumes, soaps, sun screens
- Lubricants, ointments, topical oils
- Pet food
- Sesame meal in poultry and livestock feed
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.