Required restaurant allergen training: Wave of the future?

Legislation recently passed in Montgomery County, Maryland, mandating that all restaurant shifts include at least one allergy safety-trained employee has had its share of both positive and negative reviews. But, the fact is that the legislation will kick into effect this July 1 and — like it or not — restaurants there must be ready. That’s why […]

Undeclared Allergens

Undeclared Allergens are a major cause of food allergy recalls, that have been on a notable increase since 2011. Reported food allergic reactions do underscore a public health concern, and this is not limited to the Big 8. The root causes of undeclared allergen recalls suggest that most are not for simply a trace amount […]

Setting the Bar

As a food safety professional focused on allergens, I see a lot of products and operations. One operation that I had the pleasure of visiting recently has set the bar, in my opinion, for gluten and allergen free cooking and baking. Allie’s GF Goodies in Hicksville, NY is an amazing bakery that is doing a […]

What's the Hysteria About Listeria?

You need not dig into the news today to read about Listeria and the dangerous effects that is has on people, especially those who are pregnant, elderly and those that are immuno-suppressed. Most recently, there was a recall for Colby and Colby Jack Deli Cheeses sold by Meijer stores. This product was sold from November […]

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me…..

Have you ever sung the Happy Birthday song to yourself?  If you have while washing your hands, you are in the minority, as researchers at Michigan State University found that only 5 percent of people wash their hands properly. If you are like me, you find this statistic very concerning. They also found that 15 […]

Office Holiday Parties- 5 tips for keeping them food allergy friendly

Tis the season for eating, baking and indulging in your favorite holiday recipes and treats. Gingerbread, fruit cake, pies and cookies galore set the stage for the time of year laced with sugar and gluten. For those living with life threatening food allergies, intolerances or celiac disease this time of year calls for heightened food […]

Serving Gluten Free & Allergen Free Customers

By Kim Koeller Over 100 million Americans, or approximately one-third of the US population, require some type of special gluten free or allergen free diet. On a global basis, it is estimated that over 300 million individuals worldwide manage special dietary needs.[1] Because of this, “free-from” food markets around the world have seen double-digit growth […]

Life is Like the First Batch of Pancakes

What’s Your Story Guest Blog: Written by the Allergy Queen (AKA: Trish Gavankar) Ever hear the phrase, life is like a box of chocolates? It sounds beautiful, I mean who’s complaining about a culinary surprise of a chocolate mix with each bite of reality? But a bite of reality when you live with food allergies […]

food allergy symposium

This November, food industry experts from around the country will be gathering for healthy discussions around how the industry can continue to innovate and respond to the increasing important food-allergy crisis. There are many conferences happening each year but not many have a registration limit of 100 people, giving the attendees the opportunity to interact […]

Fort Collins, CO, July 12, 2016 – AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo will be continuing MenuTrinfo’s educational webinar series on July 25th with a free webinar sharing updates regarding new food allergy legislation. MenuTrinfo launched their monthly educational webinar series in June and drew industry professionals from across the country. This month, MenuTrinfo’s ANSI-accredited food allergy and […]