I would like to translate the following for my trip to Italy.

My son is allergic to all nuts (including for example walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) ,beans, pulses, peas, lentils and egg.

Google Translate offers this but I am not very confident about it.

Mio figlio è allergico a tutti i dadi (tra cui ad esempio le noci, mandorle e nocciole), fagioli, legumi, i piselli, lenticchie e uova.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

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    Welcome to Italian.SE! The translation for nuts is noci; in this case it could be "frutti simili alla noce”; probably some expert in allergies has a better technical term.
    – egreg
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 9:28
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    And "dadi" it's indeed wrong; as Google Translate probably interpreted "nuts" as an acceptation of this: roolvit.com/image/cache/data/dado%20cieco-500x500.JPG. The other translations seem fine.
    – kos
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 12:17

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The official European regulation can be found at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/IT/TXT/?uri=celex:32011R1169

In the “Allegato II” we find the list of allergenic substances or products, which contains

  1. Frutta a guscio, vale a dire: mandorle (Amigdalus communis L.), nocciole (Corylus avellana), noci (Juglans regia), noci di acagiù (Anacardium occidentale), noci di pecan [Carya illinoiensis (Wangenh) K. Koch], noci del Brasile (Bertholletia excelsa), pistacchi (Pistacia vera), noci macadamia o noci del Queensland (Macadamia ternifoliae), e i loro prodotti, tranne per la frutta a guscio utilizzata per la fabbricazione di distillati alcolici, incluso l’alcol etilico di origine agricola.

So it seems that the technical term is frutta a guscio; the list should be known to all restaurant owners.

In the English version, “Annex II” contains

  1. Nuts, namely: almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashews (Anacardium occidentale), pecan nuts (Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera), macadamia or Queensland nuts (Macadamia ternifolia), and products thereof, except for nuts used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin;

A translation that should be understood in restaurants and cafeterias might be

Mio figlio è allergico a tutta la frutta a guscio (comprese, per esempio, noci, mandorle e nocciole), ai legumi (come fagioli, piselli e lenticchie) e alle uova.

  • Thank you very much! A version understandable in restaurants and cafeterias is exactly what I need.
    – Simd
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 15:20

My attempt, reorganizing beans, peas, and lentils under pulses, for clarity and safety:

Mio figlio è allergico a tutta la frutta secca a guscio (ad esempio noci, mandorle, nocciole, ecc.), a tutti i legumi (ad esempio fagioli, piselli, lenticchie, ecc.) e alle uova.

As egreg points out, the technical term for nuts is frutta a guscio (literally: shell fruits), but what most people would say informally is frutta secca (literally: dried fruits). For the sake of safety I would leave the combination of both: frutta secca a guscio.

  • Thank you. Google seems to thinks frutta secca a guscio includes dried fruit. I wouldn't want to include that in the list.
    – Simd
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 15:18
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    @marsh "frutta secca" is a superset of "frutta a guscio"; hence "frutta secca" also addresses dried fruits without a shell, but "a guscio" narrows it down only to fruits with a shell, hence "frutta secca a guscio" is fine, unless there are dried fruits without a shell to which your son is allergic to (but then not even "frutta a guscio" would address those) or fruits not dried to which your son is allergic to (but then again, not even "frutta a guscio" would address those).
    – kos
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 15:46
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    @marsh However since this is something of a real concern, if I may suggest something, I would rather compile a comprehensive list of dangerous food, translate it and bring it with me, for the sake of avoiding any misunderstanding.
    – kos
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 15:47

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