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  • Writer's pictureDr. Sherry Barnett

Chick-fil-A and Peanut Allergy

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Peanut allergy in the US affects up to 8% of children and that number continues to increase. One of the biggest burdens for a family of a child with a food allergy is eating outside of the home. Some families avoid eating out altogether due to fear of their child having a reaction. Many patients with peanut allergy don’t end up in my office until late childhood and their parents never knew that it was safe for their child to eat at Chick-fil-A. Once they find out, their question is always, “WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THAT?”

So, I’m here to inform you that the peanut oil used at Chick-fil-A is 100% refined which removes the peanut protein. The allergen is in the peanut protein, not the oil. That means that people with peanut allergies can safely eat at Chick-fil-A without worrying about reactions. Nothing on their menu contains peanut protein. Something else to be aware of is that not all restaurants use 100% refined peanut oil, so it is important not to assume that another establishment uses the same kind of peanut oil. I hope this information frees up some families to go enjoy yummy Chick-fil-A.


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Julia Weldy
Julia Weldy
Feb 25

I have a reaction just being around food fried in peanut oil.

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Whitney Edwards
Whitney Edwards
Nov 03, 2023

false my niece has a peanut allergy and ate there and is currently in the hospital because it’s suppose to be safe to eat because of the refined peat nut oil

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Vanessa Hinklein
Vanessa Hinklein
Aug 16, 2023

Except for those of us who do have a peanut allergy who eat there and end up in the hospital! It’s not cooked off, it’s not a joke! If your allergic don’t eat there, Jimmy John’s or 5 guys!

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Heather Frazier
Heather Frazier
Sep 19, 2023
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Thank you for sharing this! My daughter ate there as well & had a severe allergic reaction because of her peanut allergy & also ended up in the hospital

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