Australia has a relatively high prevalence of peanut allergy. Almost 3 percent of children aged one year1 have a peanut allergy. Around 20 percent of children grow out of their peanut allergy. Sometimes, peanut allergies do not appear until later in life.
Peanuts (ground nuts) are a legume and therefore from a different botanical family to tree nuts such as almond and cashew that grow on trees.
Two new printable/downloadable versions of food allergen cards are available:
Peanut allergen card224.95 KB (A4 sized - perfect for downloading and viewing on your device)
Peanut allergen card107.34 KB (print then trim to wallet size - perfect for when shopping or eating out)
You can also purchase printed food allergen cards from our online shop.
To make eating out a little easier, A&AA has developed a chef card. You can write or print your allergens on the card. When telling the wait staff at a cafe or restaurant about your allergies, hand over your chef card and ask it to come back with your specially prepared meal. You can also obtain chef cards from our online shop.
More information on peanut allergy is available from the ASCIA website.
1. Peters RL, Koplin JJ, Gurrin LC, Dharmage SC, Wake M, Ponsonby AL, Tang MLK, Lowe AJ, Matheson M, Dwyer T, Allen KJ; HealthNuts Study. The prevalence of food allergy and other allergic diseases in early childhood in a population-based study: HealthNuts age 4-year follow-up. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Jul;140(1):145-153.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.02.019. Epub 2017 May 14. PMID: 28514997.
Content updated September 2023