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ASCIA Dietary Guide - Sesame Allergy

This document has been developed by ASCIA, the peak professional body of clinical immunology/allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA information is based on published literature and expert review, is not influenced by commercial organisations and is not intended to replace medical advice. For patient or carer support contact Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia or Allergy New Zealand.

ASCIA Dietary Avoidance for Food Allergy FAQ should be used with the ASCIA dietary guide for sesame allergy.

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Avoiding sesame is essential for people with confirmed sesame allergy. It is important to read and understand food labels to be able to choose the right foods.

The following foods and ingredients CONTAIN sesame and should be avoided:




Aqua Libra





Sim Sim


Sesame oil

Tahina / sesame paste

Gingelly seeds

Sesame seed


Gomasio/sesame salt

Sesame snacks

Til or Teel



Check labels on the following foods to see if they contain sesame and if they do, avoid them:

Asian foods

Herbs and spices


Bakery products   



Bread products

Middle Eastern snacks


Breakfast cereals

Muesli and muesli bars

Sweet biscuits



Turkish food (bread)

Dressings (sesame oil)

Savoury biscuits

Vegetarian food

Sesame (both sesame oil and sesame seed) is often a less obvious ingredient in restaurant foods, especially stir fries and curries.

Restaurants serving Asian, Turkish, Middle Eastern and vegetarian foods are higher risk due to cross contamination with other dishes served in the restaurant.

Bakery items (especially unpackaged items) are high risk for cross contamination with sesame seeds.

For people with sesame allergy it is best to avoid all forms of sesame unless otherwise instructed by a clinical immunology/allergy specialist.

The food lists included in this document are not exhaustive.

People with food allergy should always check foods labels each time products are purchased.


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