SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

Food Allergies

A food allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts unusually to specific foods.  The SOAS guide to the 14 major allergens and foods which contain them, can be found on this page.

While most reactions are mild, some, anaphylaxis, for example can be very serious. Symptoms of a food allergy can affect different areas of the body at the same time.
Common symptoms include:

  • An itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
  • An itchy red rash or “hives”
  • Swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and the roof of the mouth
  • Vomiting

If you suspect that you are having an allergic reaction or that someone else is suffering from one, please call reception on 555, they will arrange first aid or emergency service response as appropriate.

At SOAS we provide refreshment areas selling a range of pre-packed and freshly prepared foods. These facilities are managed by our catering team.

If you have specific questions or concerns about any food product sold at SOAS, please speak to a member of catering staff or consult their written advice.