Food Allergies

Here at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, the food served in The Eatery is labeled with some of the below mentioned food allergies. If you have a food allergy, please read the menu signs in The Eatery to identify if the food you are eating has a your particular allergy. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the manager or Chef.

A food allergy is an adverse immune response to a food protein.The food protein triggering the allergic response is termed a food allergen. It is estimated that up to 12 million Americans have food allergies, and the prevalence is rising. Six to eight percent of children under the age of three have food allergies and nearly four percent of adults have them. Food allergy causes roughly 30,000 emergency room visits and 100 to 200 deaths per year in the United States.The most common food allergies (called the big 8) are shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Treatment consists of avoidance diets, in which the allergic person avoids all forms of the food to which they are allergic. For people who are extremely sensitive, this may involve the total avoidance of any exposure with the allergen, including touching or inhaling the problematic food as well as touching any surfaces that may have come into contact with it.