Allergy diet - egg free
This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.
To provide a diet that excludes eggs or egg products.
No eggs or egg-derived ingredients, or traces of egg.
Allergy to eggs or egg products.
It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only. Care should be taken to read all product ingredient lists to look for ingredients derived from eggs, eg albumin, globulin, ovomucoid, egg mayonnaise and egg lecithin. All packaged food with egg ingredients must carry a mandatory warning statement under Standard 1.2.3 of the Food Standards Code; these ingredients should therefore be identified on food labels. Particular care is needed in food handling and preparation to avoid cross-contamination.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes||All plain cooked meat, poultry and fish|
Quiches, omelettes, frittatas, crepes, crumbed meat or fish, fish cakes, ravioli, meatloaf or rissoles bound with egg
Dishes made with wine (which may contain traces of egg)
|Sauces, gravies||Others – check label||Tartare, Hollandaise, Béarnaise|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice|
All potatoes and rice
Egg-free noodles and pasta – check label
Pasta and noodles with egg
|Soups||Others – check label||Clear soups clarified with egg white|
|Sandwiches||All others||Egg or mayonnaise fillings|
|Salads, dressings||Others – check label||Egg or mayonnaise|
|Hot breakfast choices||All others||Eggs (all types), pancakes, pikelets|
Egg-free custard, jelly and toppings
Meringues, pavlovas, marshmallows
Cakes and pastry-based desserts, unless carefully checked
Some ice-creams and sorbets – check label
|Milk and cheese||All||-|
|Beverages||Tea, coffee, cordial, soft drinks||Egg flip|
|Biscuits||Plain biscuits – check label||Macaroons|
|Miscellaneous||-||Nutritional supplements, unless carefully checked|
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