Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published: July 2015. Next review: 2024.

Allergy diet - fish 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 fish and products containing those foods.


No white fish, anchovies, salmon, sardines, tuna or fish paste.


Allergy to fish.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


  • 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 seafood, e.g. fish protein isolate, Worcestershire sauce, roe.
  • All packaged food with fish 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.
  • This diet specification does not exclude shellfish or shellfish derivatives as this is covered by another specification.


Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll plain cooked meat, poultry, and eggs

Dishes containing white fish, salmon, tuna or fish sauces

Check ingredients of breadcrumbs for fish oils

Sauces, gravies All others Sauces or gravies containing fish sauce, Asian sauce, fish stock or marinara mix or Worcestershire sauce
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice All  -
Vegetables All  -
Soups All others Any containing white fish, salmon, tuna, sardines or fish stock
Sandwiches All others

Any containing white fish, salmon, sardines or tuna

Bread containing fish oils

Salads, dressingsOthers

Any containing white fish, salmon, anchovies, sardines or tuna

Caesar salad dressing

Breads, cereals All others Bread and cereals containing fish oils
Spreads All others

Fish paste

Products containing fish oils

Hot breakfast choices All others

Smoked fish or sardines.

Fish cakes

Fruit All  -
Yoghurt All others Products containing fish oils
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All others Products containing fish oils
Beverages All others Products containing fish oils
Biscuits All  -

Nuts, pepper, salt, sugar, sweetener and cream

Nutrition supplements or enteral feeds containing fish oils

Foods containing beer and wine where fish gelatine or Isinglass has been used as a fining agent.


  1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Information for patients, consumers and carers.
  2. Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Standard 1.2.3 - Mandatory Warning and Advisory Statements and Declarations - F2011C00610.
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