Is it safe to eat food handled with latex gloves if you are allergic to latex?

Latex particles are one way this allergen can unknowingly reach someone with a latex allergy (per Mayo Clinic). A 2008 study published in the Journal of Food Protection found that latex proteins from the use of latex gloves by food handlers can contaminate items and cause allergic reactions in consumers with latex allergies. Researchers have determined that repeated and prolonged exposure to latex-containing products can create a predisposition to latex allergy. Especially for atopic people, that is to say prone to allergies. Recurrent exposure to latex includes absorption of particles. The results of the study led researchers to advocate replacing latex gloves in the food processing industry with non-latex gloves.

Not only can allergenic proteins be transmitted through latex particles in the air and through the consumption of foods handled with latex gloves, but there are several foods that contain latex-like proteins and can cause what this is called a cross-reaction (via New York State Department of Health). If you are allergic to latex, you may cross-react with foods including rye, wheat, chestnuts, hazelnuts, celery, raw potatoes and carrots. Many fruits can also cause cross-reactions, such as grapes, cherries, pineapples, avocados, bananas, strawberries, apples, tomatoes, kiwis, pears, plums, papayas, nectarines, peaches, passion fruit and figs.

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