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Food Allergies

Because food allergies are common in children, it is important to be aware of the ingredients in all foods before serving.

Eight Most Common Allergens
Milk Fish
Eggs Shellfish
Peanuts* Soy
Tree nuts* Wheat
*Note: Tree nuts, peanuts and nut butters are excellent sources of protein for growing children, are reimbursable meat alternate options and are strongly encouraged if feasible for your center. Because many centers in West Virginia are nut-free, any nuts listed in the following recipes are optional.

ACTION STEP: Be sure all foods are cut into bite-size pieces, steamed or mashed. Encourage children to chew completely before swallowing to ensure safety.