If you have food allergies, is it safe to touch food compost, which may contain a food to which you are allergic?

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), people with food allergies face a hidden danger in food compost. This is particularly true if it’s known that the compost includes foods to which they are allergic.

What about the heat?

The heat produced by composting could have a minor effect in altering the food’s allergic properties, but this is unpredictable. Whether the heat of composting is enough to affect the allergic property of the food depends on the type of food and the duration and degree of heating. The composted food may still carry the potential of causing an allergic reaction. In most cases, being near a composting pile is considered a low-risk activity, even for those with food allergies.

Precautions When Handling Food Compost

The AAAAI recently offered some tips for dealing with composting if you have food allergies. First, wear a pollen mask, which will prevent you from inhaling any particles of food allergens. Long sleeves, long pants, goggles, and gloves can prevent contact exposure. This is especially important if you have any scratches or open wounds, which could allow the allergen to get inside your body. If you are composting and will subsequently be around someone who has food allergies, wear gloves and thoroughly wash your hands to avoid transferring particles of the allergen.

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