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 10, 2016 to February 9, 2017. Deli meats and cheeses are food stuffs that have a high risk for contamination from Listeria. What causes listeriosis? Listeriosis is food poisoning that is caused by eating foods that are contaminated with the bacteria, (L. monocytogenes). Listeria is … Continue reading

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 percent of men didn’t wash their hands at all. During my travels across the country, I am sad to say that this seems to be true. Why don’t people wash their hands? The top three reasons stated are the use of hand sanitizer, no soap, … Continue reading

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 security and personal safety surrounding their health. Many traditional holiday foods may not be an option for these individuals, and determining what is safe to eat at the annual office holiday party can be difficult for them if clear communication is not present. Help your … Continue reading

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 may be rather unpleasant, if not deadly. Last Thursday, my 14 year old daughter and I were having a fantastic mother- daughter day that included plans for respective training sessions with our favorite Lifetime Fitness Personal Trainers, new hair cut and style, hamburger and fries … Continue reading

Meet Your FASI 2016 Speakers

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 with speakers, panels, and vendors in a personal way.  The Food Allergy Symposium for Industry is for professionals who have the responsibility to create, implement, and oversee programs for food allergy education and training in their institutions.  Take a chance to meet some of our … Continue reading

Free AllerTrain Educational Webinar to Educate Industry Professionals on New Legislation

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 gluten-free training and certification brand, AllerTrain, will be hosting the webinar series to talk about food-allergy legislation. With over 5% of the population now having some sort of food allergy, understanding the legislation surrounding food allergies is more important than ever. Laurie Thomeczek, MPH, AllerTrain … Continue reading

The Peanut Butter (Allergy) Crunch Heard ‘Round the Country

First, it was Chipotle. Now it’s Panera Bread. It seems that no brand, large or small, is immune to the many health-related food crises in the United States today. While Chipotle is working to recover from its food safety issues earlier this year, Panera Bread is facing a $500,000 lawsuit after a then 5-year-old child allegedly ate a sandwich from the chain that contained peanut butter. The girl’s family claims in the suit that employees at the store where the alleged incident took place were alerted to the youngster’s peanut allergy via a message sent through the restaurant’s online ordering … Continue reading

Beyond the Top Eight Allergens: Spices, Flavorings and Colorings

As food allergies continue to become a more prominent public concern, the foodservice industry must practice awareness and caution while handling food. Expanding beyond the Top Eight Allergens is an important concept in food service, as many diners express concerns regarding lesser-known allergens. There are over 170 food proteins that can trigger an allergic reaction, yet only eight of these are required by law to be identified on food labels in an allergen statement. With so many unidentified ingredients lurking within products, individuals in the industry must remain proactive when it comes to allergens. The Top Eight Allergens, which encompass … Continue reading

Find Out Why Sodexo™ Trusts AllerTrain™ for Gluten-Free/Allergen Training

Over 5% of the American population now struggles with some sort of food allergy. This means every one of you knows someone afflicted with food allergies. If you are a food-service professional, we can practically guarantee you are in contact with allergic diners every day. It is more important now than ever for you to provide proper training and resources to your team so you can thrive as a business. We talked with Beth Winthrop, National Wellness Director for Campus Services for Sodexo, about this issue recently. On a weekly basis, Beth educates Sodexo managers across the country to ensure … Continue reading

Don’t Miss These DIY Gluten-Free Dog Treats

While AllerTrain does focus on human dietary needs, we care about the pets out there, too! And believe it or not, pets can have gluten intolerances! So, this very special post is for all of the animal lovers out there! These DIY gluten-free dog treats are great for dogs with or without gluten issues, and I promise you— your dog will love them! These delightful little snacks have been doggie tested and approved, as I just couldn’t stop myself from making a batch for the dog in my life. The tinsy tiniest most bitsyest, Bitsy for short, enjoyed a treat … Continue reading

One Mom Details Why Moms Should Care About Food Allergies

By: Kristi Ertel Culinary landmines. That’s comes to my mind when I think of dining out. Christian, my food allergic son, loves all things “normal,” just like a typical five year old. We have learned to love gluten- free pizza, corn- free/gluten- free tacos, soy- free pastries, SunButter desserts and nut-free toppings at the local frozen yogurt bar. Locally, we know the cashiers at the ice cream parlor who know exactly what ice cream machines are “Christian approved.” A food allergy diagnosis tends to shake up your world in a way that many simply do not understand. In my journey … Continue reading

Do the Words “Food Allergy” Scare You? They Shouldn’t.

If you keep up with restaurant news, you may have noticed the recent onslaught of stories about food allergies. Their increasing prevalence, their potential deadliness, and the litigation that ensues after a terrible incident occurs. All of this can leave restaurant owners and general managers feeling trepidatious and vulnerable, especially when a diner comes in and declares a food allergy. How secure do you feel when you hear those two little, yet serious, words? Want some assurance? Get training! While it’s true that most states don’t currently require restaurant staff to receive training on how to safely serve food-allergic diners … Continue reading

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