Toxic food reactions

In principle, these are reactions which could occur in any individuals if the dose is high enough to trigger a reaction. They are usually caused by direct action of food components without involvement of immune mechanisms. Toxic compounds which trigger such reactions can occur naturally, such as from eating a puffer fish complete with its poison sac! Or they can be contaminants of food. Although such reactions are fairly distinguishable from non-toxic food reactions in terms of mechanism, one has to be careful when diagnoses are made, since some of the symptoms may be similar.

Fig. 1.1 Classification of adverse reactions to food.
Food Allergies

Food Allergies

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