Restaurants offered guidance on food allergies

Posted on News Aug 2008 - by Tandoori Magazine
Restaurants offered guidance on food allergies

The Food Standards Agency has published an interactive chef card to help people with a food allergy or intolerance when they’re eating out.


In the UK, about ten people die every year from an allergic reaction to food, with many more needing hospital treatment. In most cases these reactions are caused by something eaten in a restaurant or takeaway.


The FSA stress that it is very important for caterers to be aware of the dangers of food allergy. For people with a severe allergy, eating even the smallest amount of a certain food can cause a serious reaction, called anaphylaxis, which can be fatal.


The pack contains credit card sized cards that can be filled in and given to restaurant staff to let the chef know which foods the customer needs to avoid. For more information, and guidance about allergies visit  http://www.food.gov.uk

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