Some fish are more likely to trigger allergic response, among them cod, eel, pollock, salmon, snapper, tilapia and tuna. Because the protein parvalbumin is present in many fish, people with allergies to one type of fish are likely to have – or develop allergies to others. For this reason, most people with an allergy to one fish are advised to avoid all fish (including eel and shark).
Foods Commonly Containing Fish:
Caesar salad dressing
Ceviche (fish or shellfish “cooked” in an acidic citrus marinade)
Nam pla (Thai fish sauce)
Fumet (fish stock)
Omega-3 supplements (if you would like to take these, look for vegan varieties made from flaxseed or other plant-derived oils)
For the shellfish allergic, stay away from all shelled fish: crab, lobster, shrimp and snails. Also mollusks (clams and oysters) should be avoided.
Crawfish (Crayfish or Crawdads)
Fish & shellfish may be found in:
~ gumbo (a Tex Mex dish)
~ A L’Americaine (a French sauce often served with lobster or other shellfish)
~ frito misto (a mixed fried fish dish from the Mediterranean coast)
~ fruits de mer (seafood)
~ Oriental food tends to contain lots of different kinds of fish at once, and chopped pieces can be difficult to spot.
~ Surimi (a processed seafood product) is usually made from white fish but may contain shellfish extract. Surimi can be present in processed foods such as pizza toppings.
~ Caesar salad dressing normally contains anchovies. Worcestershire sauce may.
~ Caponata, a traditional sweet and sour Sicilian relish, can contain anchovies.
~ Kedgeree is made with rice and fish.
~ Fish sauce is a common ingredient in the Far East. Terms to look out for are Nuoc Mam and Nam Pla. Fish sauce can be made with shellfish as well as fish.
~ Patum Peperium (Gentleman’s Relish) is a spread made with anchovies.
~ Menhaden is a type of fish caught along the Atlantic coast. It is used in products such as vitamins, soap, lipstick, paint, insect spray, and waterproofing.
~ Check the ingredient lists on ready-made Oriental sauces, pastes and prepared meals. In fact check the ingredient lists of all food for unexpected ingredient
~ Vitamins such as Glucosamine Chondroitin are contraindicated for the shellfish allergic. Most brands will have a warning on their label.