Food Allergy Safe Establishments REQUIRE knowledgable staff

In light of all the new research and findings regarding when to give our children peanuts, I want to discuss the concept of food service -which in the past has been a very low skilled, low paying job in most situations. We have almost all worked in this sector for even a minute and it’s not always glamorous.

Once low paid entry level servers now really seem to NEED to be fully educated on Food Allergies. It is almost as if the industry now requires a degree to fully comprehend the severity of this topic. This rise in the knowledge necessary has created a question of how skilled does the restaurant worker need to be ? In essence are we willing to pay a premium for an experience that will make us feel comfortable and the staff understands our needs ? It seems as though we are. Food allergic families spend greater amounts of money even at the grocery level to ensure that the items they purchase come from facilities where cross contamination is non existent.

Currently, as a parent that takes their food allergic child out to eat about twice a week our normal method of control is the “exclaim allergens, inquire, carry epinephrine and pray” method.  This, it seems is how most families with food allergies dine out; if they dine out at all. So at what point will the restaurant industry see a need for this and realize they have a large customer base that wants to be catered to ? Because, I would like to make a reservation.

 

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