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If I'm allergic to shellfish, how can I prevent cross contamination?

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If shellfish is on the menu, tell the server about your allergy. Ask him to make sure the kitchen staff uses separate utensils and work surfaces to make your food. Similarly, there could be cross contamination at your grocery store's fish counter, so make sure you ask the counter worker to use different utensils to handle your fresh fish order.

From: 5 Tips to Avoid Hidden Shellfish WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Seafood Allergy."

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: "Shellfish."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Shellfish Allergy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Seafood Allergy."

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: "Shellfish."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Shellfish Allergy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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