For the 32 million Americans living with potentially life-threatening food allergies1, dining outside of the home can be dangerous.
Nearly half of fatal food allergy reactions over a 13-year period were caused by food from a restaurant or other foodservice establishment.2
Welcoming a food-allergic customer into your facility should mean the safeguards are in place to accommodate their needs. To ensure your facility is food allergy friendly, it is important to have a food-allergy protocol in place and ensure there is clear and effective communication and training among management and staff. Yet, fewer than half of restaurant staffs surveyed in a study conducted by Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net), a collaborative forum of federal agencies and state and local health departments with six sites, reported receiving food allergy training.3
Fundamental protections for ensuring a safe dining experience for your allergy sensitive consumers include:
Adopting these practices can reduce the risk of an allergic reaction among patrons. Benefits for restaurants who consistently provide safe meals to food allergic customers include preventing harm to their clientele, avoiding lawsuits, and gaining the loyal patronage of the food allergic community.
Allergen protection goes beyond a well-trained staff. Cross-contamination of surfaces can also play an integral role in keeping surfaces safe from allergen contamination. In an FDA study, conducted by the Journal of Food Protection, disposable wipes were found to be more effective at allergen removal than the traditional rag and bucket.4
In fact, pre-moistened disposable wipes were proven not only more effective at allergen removal and minimizing transfer, they also: