Holiday feasting with caution: Be aware of food allergens

Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 17:45:22-05

For more than 15 million Americans living with food allergies, a misstep during the holiday season could be a recipe for disaster.

Allergists say holidays with a focus on food, like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas can be potential land mines for those with food restrictions. 

Dr. Jeff Rockoff, an allergist based in Tonawanda says the number of patients seeking treatment for food allergies is on the rise.

"The incidents of food allergies has gone up the last 20 years," Dr. Rockoff tells 7 Eyewitness News.

The allergist says this time of year communication is key. Hosts should always be aware of any food sensitivity a guest may have to avoid a potentially deadly reaction.

Many allergists also recommend keeping the labels just in case anyone has any questions about what  your favorite dish may contain.

Living with food sensitivity and heading to a party? Bring your own dish, that way you are guaranteed a safe meal that you can share with others.