Molluscs are understood to be:
- Cephalopods: squids, cuttlefish, etc;
- Belly molluscs: snails, escargots, winkles, etc;
- Bivalves: cockles, mussels, oysters, etc.
Examples of ingredients and products which contain or may contain molluscs
- oyster sauce;
- Bouillabaisse (French fish soup);
- oriental dishes;
- dishes with calamari (deep-fried squid rings).
Symptoms range from itching and swelling in the mouth and throat to life-threatening reactions. Symptoms mainly occur within 1 hour after consumption. Most common are hives. But other complaints have also been reported: skin complaints, intestinal, respiratory and eye complaints.
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