Navigation Links
Many restaurant staff are undertrained and misinformed about food allergies
Date:4/14/2011

A new study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy reveals that there is no association between a restaurant worker's knowledge of food allergy and his or her confidence in being able to provide a safe meal to a food allergic customer.

Food allergies are common, affecting 2% of adults and as much as 8% of children in the UK alone. Allergic reactions can cause a wide variety of symptoms, the most serious being anaphylaxis, which can cause death.

Led by Professor Helen Smith of Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK, researchers telephoned 90 table-service restaurants in Brighton to assess staff knowledge of food allergy and determine how comfortable they felt providing meals to food allergic customers.

Responses demonstrate apparent gaps in restaurant staff's knowledge of food allergy. In one out of three kitchens, common food allergens (e.g. eggs, peanuts, wheat, milk, nuts, fish) were not separated from other foods. One in five staff members thought that an allergic customer consuming a small amount of allergen would be safe, as would removing the allergen from a finished meal (e.g. picking the nuts off a pre-prepared desert would render it safe for a nut-allergic customer to eat).

Only one third of respondents had received any sort of food allergy training, but nonetheless 80% reported confidence in providing a safe meal for their food-allergic customers.

"Diners who are food allergic must remain vigilant and not assume restaurants are safe or that all staff are knowledgeable about food allergy," Smith notes. "Our survey supports the need for more rigorous and accessible training if food-allergic customers are to avoid being put at risk by dining out."


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
healthnews@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Fighting cancer at your local Indian restaurant
2. UT professor helps develop DinEX scale to measure restaurant appeal
3. Bars, restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking bans in 2 cities
4. Asian Restaurant in Tempe, Yupha's Thai Kitchen, Offers Traditional Asian-inspired Cuisine
5. Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
6. National Greenhouse Co. Helps Restaurants Grow Produce In-House
7. National Restaurant Association Says Nutrition Information Provision Is Win for Consumers and Restaurants
8. Restaurants, C-Stores and Retailers Defy the Challenging Economy Raising A Record $5.6 Million During Annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion
9. Research finds hazards from secondhand smoke in bars and restaurants
10. Domestic Abuse Often Escapes Notice of ER Staff: Study
11. Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls, study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... two panels at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. ... the Administrative Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, ... their training and leads programs. , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their ... Performance Partners is designed to teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest ... retired minister and college Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna ... have blessed them with six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... A recent report ... entry into teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ report suggests, based on a review of ... would significantly improve teacher quality in the U.S. It argues that this higher bar ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Oklahoma City, on April ... will be an educational and exciting program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare ... pain. , Oklahoma is in a healthcare crisis. The state ranks 46th in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- Mosaic Life Care, based in St. Joseph, Missouri , has ... of 58 clinics, located in 22 cities, and its flagship St. Joseph Medical Center. ... the delivery of health care to its patients, including the insurance, billing and collections ... ... Mosaic Life Care St. Joseph Medical Center ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Executive Summary ... primary research (inputs from industry experts, companies, stakeholders) ... the analysis of global heart valve devices market ... Replacement Procedure By Technique (Mechanical, Bioprosthetic, Transcatheter Aortic ... Balloon Valvuloplasty, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)), By ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 ... Healthcare disease pipeline guide Primary Hyperoxaluria - Pipeline ... Primary Hyperoxaluria (Genito Urinary System And Sex Hormones) ... condition characterized by recurrent kidney and bladder stones. ... called oxalate. Symptoms include blood in the urine, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: