Shellfish are aquatic invertebrates that are covered with a hard shell. Despite the name, shellfish are not actually fish, but are simply water-dwelling animals. Shellfish are of two types: Molluscs and Crustaceans. Most kinds of shellfish are found in saltwater, but some are found in freshwater, while a few types are also found on land e.g. crabs.
Familiar marine Molluscs enjoyed as food include clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops. Some Crustaceans commonly eaten are shrimp, lobster, and crabs.
Shellfish are among the most common food allergens. Shellfish can cause severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. It is advised that people with shellfish allergy have an epinephrine auto-injector handy. This allergy usually is lifelong. Approximately 60 percent of people with shellfish allergy experienced their first allergic reaction as adults. Crustaceans (shrimp, crab and lobster) cause most severe shellfish allergies. To prevent a reaction, strict avoidance of shellfish and shellfish products is essential. Always read ingredient labels to identify shellfish ingredients. In addition, avoid touching shellfish, going to the fish market, and being in an area where shellfish are being cooked (the protein in the steam may present a risk).
As per the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, the food business operators are required to mention the shellfish content on the labels of food products. It is necessary as it would allow the shellfish allergic consumers to avoid its intake. The ingredients should be marked genuinely as failing to do so can be regarded as fraudulent under the law.
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