Be allergy aware this Mother’s Day and read our top tips to help decrease the risk of a severe reaction occurring on this special day for both you and your mum.
Eating out with an allergy can be a stressful experience. By law, food businesses selling catered food (for example in restaurants, takeaways and hotels) are required to provide information on 14 major food allergens, either in writing and/or verbally. If information is provided verbally, the food business will need to ensure that there is some sort of written signage that is clearly visible, to indicate that allergen information is available from a member of staff.
We’d recommend calling the restaurant in advance to ask whether they will help you choose a suitable meal. Then, when you arrive, speak to staff and ask about ingredients, how the food is prepared and whether cross-contamination is likely. Check again when your meal arrives that your dish is free from your allergens and that it has been prepared safely. Keep your adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with you at all times, just in case. Take a look at our Guide to Eating Out page here for more information on how to prepare.
Members can also check our ‘Tried and Trusted’ area to find out which restaurants have been approved by other allergic people. Not a member? Click here to find out more.
A Gift For Mum
From flowers to chocolates, allergens are everywhere. If your mum has an allergy, always check the ingredients in your gifts.
You can find information on where allergens might be hiding in our non-food products factsheets.
For more information, contact our helpline on 01252 542029 or email [email protected]