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April 14, 2009

Eating Out with Food Allergies - a close call

A recent news article caught my attention, and I'm sure those parents dealing with their child's food allergies will agree with me: eating out can be a scary thing. We teach our kids that their food allergies do not need to keep them from doing things they really want to do, yes, like eating out with friends. So many times we've all talked with chefs, wait staff, looked up ingredients on line, etc. etc. For our family, we tend to eat out only at a handful of restaurants, so we can be as confident as possible with trusting another person in preparing our child's food.

The news article referred to a close call that happened at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

"Earlier this summer, Sharon Brigner's son Brandon was one of many children who had an extremely close call. On June 11 at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in northern Virginia, Brigner told ABCNews.com that her son had a severe allergic reaction to egg after eating several mozzarella sticks that unknowingly contained the food he was allergic to.

Brigner said this week that the reaction happened despite her son's nanny asking the manager of the kid-friendly restaurant twice whether the food contained egg, and being reassured by the manager that it did not."

It's true, as FAAN says, "We're all in this together." We can check and double check, and in the end, it's all about educating those around us.

Posted by Ann Marie at April 14, 2009 4:57 PM



I found this blog in the internet and I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about a web site we have just launched that we feel will be a tremendous resource for parents of children with food allergies. It’s called AllAboutFoods and can be found at http://www.allaboutfoods.org.

AllAboutFoods.org is a user-friendly website that provides easy to understand allergen information and is available to the general public. It lists basic food items and lets visitors know if they contain the eight main food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The primary focus is on fast food restaurants, family restaurants and everyday food items sold in the grocery store. We are adding more content every day.

It is certain that your site visitors know firsthand the challenges of living with severe food allergies. We feel that providing this service will assist parents in coping with the daily dilemmas they face.

Thanks, Mark

Posted by: Mark Perry [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2009 5:23 PM

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