Young People With Food Allergies ‘Afraid’ To Eat Out

Prioritising allergen awareness training is a must for all food businesses and members of staff absolutely must be aware of their individual responsibilities so that customers are assured of a safe dining experience each and every time.

New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just this month (September 11th) revealed that more than half of young people who have either a food allergy or intolerance have chosen not to eat out in the last six months because of their condition.

Not only that but 59 per cent of those asked said they typically visit the same places when going out for food and 55 per cent always research the menu online before going somewhere new or unfamiliar, but just nine per cent always get in touch with a restaurant in advance to see if they do have allergen information to hand.

Chairman of the FSA Heather Hancock commented on the findings, saying: “'Food businesses have an important part to play in making this age group feel more at ease. They are required always to provide accurate allergen information.

“Through our easy to ASK campaign, we’re raising awareness and understanding to boost the confidence of young people, and we’re encouraging food businesses to make it easier for everyone to ask the question, speak up and help keep those at risk safe.”

Back in 2015, 18-year-old Shahida Shahid suffered an allergic reaction while eating at burger bar Almost Famous in Manchester city centre and sadly died. According to a Manchester Evening News report, the teenager had a number of food allergies, including nuts and dairy… highlighting just how important it is for food businesses to be vigilant when it comes to allergen information.

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