Allergy diet - shellfish 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 shellfish (crustaceans and molluscs) and products containing those foods. Patients on this diet can eat white fish, sardines, anchovies, tuna and salmon.
No prawns, shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish, yabbies, oysters, scallops, mussels, squid, calamari, clams, or products containing these foods e.g. shrimp paste.
Allergy to shellfish (crustaceans).
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 shellfish or crustaceans. Some of these ingredients may not be obvious e.g. shrimp paste in a curry sauce.
All packaged food with crustaceans 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.
Note - Some fish stocks and fish sauces may also contain shellfish.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes||All plain cooked meat, poultry, fish and eggs|
Dishes containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives (e.g. shrimp paste) as listed above in characteristics
|Sauces, gravies||All others||Sauces or gravies containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives (e.g. shrimp paste) as listed above in characteristics|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||All others||Dishes containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives (e.g. shrimp paste) as listed above in characteristics|
|Soups||All others||Soups containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives as listed above in characteristics e.g. fish stock, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, etc.|
Sandwiches containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives as listed above in characteristics
Salads and dressings containing shellfish or shellfish derivatives as listed above in characteristics
|Spreads||All others||Shrimp and other pastes made from shellfish and shellfish derivatives|
|Hot breakfast choices||All others|
Products containing shellfish and shellfish derivatives
|Milk and cheese||All others||-|
Salt, pepper, sugar, sweetener, cream, nuts
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Information for patients, consumers and carers [accessed 27th April 2015].
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Standard 1.2.3 - Mandatory Warning and Advisory Statements and Declarations - F2011C00610.