Innovation for Food Allergies at Restaurants

How Restaurant Get Food Allergies Right! Diners constantly ask for more information when dining out. They want to know where their food came from, what the nutritional facts are, and if the food is for those with specific food allergies. This used to daunt restaurateurs.  Recently, however, more and more restaurants are stepping up to the plate. Through training food service staff, offering allergen information, and multiple other means, restaurants are addressing food allergies head on. From large corporate chains to mom and pops, all restaurants have the ability to innovate and keep diners with food allergies safe and assured. … Continue reading

What’s up with “May Contain” Statements?

“May contain…” “May contain traces of…” “Manufactured in a facility that processes…” “Made on shared equipment with…” You’ve probably seen them before. These are precautionary allergen labeling statements commonly found on packaged foods. While for the majority of Americans it may be no big deal, these statements can be confusing and stressful for individuals managing food allergies. Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), packaged foods must clearly label and identify ingredients containing one or more of the Top 8 allergens. The FALCPA laws apply to intentional ingredients and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug … Continue reading

Get Your Sleep-Away Camp Ready

Summertime is right around the corner, and with that comes all sorts of activities that could expose kiddos with celiac disease and food allergies to foods that could be very harmful. Parents, understandably, have concerns about sleep-away camp. How does the camp work with children with special diets? Is the kitchen geared to accommodate their needs? Most importantly, does the staff have the knowledge to handle emergency situations if the child comes in contact with foods that could be potentially life threatening? The time is now. It’s not all that difficult to get your summer camp ready for every single … Continue reading

MasterTrainer vs. eLearning

Why a live trainer is better When it comes to food allergy training, which is best? — an AllerTrain MasterTrainer or learning online? According to Dee Dee Vicino, Director of Training and Education with AllerTrain, that depends. OK. Next question. Depends on what? “It depends on what’s best for you and your staff,” Dee Dee explains. MasterTrainers have worked with single-location restaurants with a relatively small crew. Then again, they’ve trained up to 400 people in one day. It boils down to efficiency (everyone is taught at the same time and then it’s done) and cost. Bringing in a MasterTrainer, … Continue reading

A Closer Look at Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is very serious. It’s a potentially life threatening allergic reaction to foods, medications and insect stings. And it can occur very quickly — sometimes in just a few minutes after exposure to the allergen. The Causes Eight foods account for the the majority of food allergy reactions in the United States. Peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, fish and shellfish, and soy are the major culprits. But remember, any food sensitivity can cause anaphylaxis. Sometimes (but rarely) exercising after eating a problem food is a trigger. People who suffer from asthma and have food allergies are at a greater … Continue reading

The Most Common Uncommon Food Allergies

You know the common food allergens. They’re so common, in fact, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food manufacturers to include them on labels when they appear on the ingredients list. They’re known as the “Big Eight” are responsible for 90 percent of all food related allergic reactions. The “Big Eight” Milk Eggs Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod) Crustacean shell fish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp) Tree Nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans) Peanuts Wheat Soybeans The FDA has identified more than 170 less common food allergies. Let’s take a look at some of them.   Red Meat It’s a … Continue reading

Top Allergies Around The World

In the United States, there are eight foods that make up the top allergens and result in 90% of all reactions in America. The top eight allergens are milk, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy. While America has identified these as the  major allergens at home, there are other major allergens in the world that are considered to be the top allergens in their countries. Some other top allergens include sesame, rice, mustard and sulphites.   Sesame- This allergen is prominent in Australia, Canada, Israel and Europe. The most common forms of sesame are sesame oil and … Continue reading

New Year: New Look

The MenuTrinfo family was founded by a husband and wife who are passionate about adding nutritional information to menus. We built a software that took individual recipes and gave nutritional facts. Since our inception in 2010 the restaurant world has morphed into a healthy, food conscious industry. The need for allergy awareness, nutritional information and kitchen audits are at an all time high. With our team, we have built companies to cater to those needs.   Now, eight years later, with the same passion and drive, we offer a family of services! AllerTrain, MenuTrinfo and Kitchens With Confidence make up … Continue reading

Prep for 2018 with an Allergy Policy

Get a head start for the new year by implementing an Allergy Policy As we enter 2018, a year prepped for clean, fresh food, the food service industry is expected to continue catering to diners with restrictions. Eating out with food allergies is easier than ever before due to continued awareness, but it is only the beginning. With allergy training mandates popping up around the coast and the requests for gluten free menus skyrocketing, it is only a matter of time before all restaurants have to take notice. The National Restaurant Association’s “2018 Culinary Forecast” is packed with trend predictions … Continue reading

AllerTrain vs. Leading Competitor

What would you do with 66 minutes? We decided to take a look at what classes are approved and compliant to meet the new mandate in the state of Illinois. There are more choices than ever before in this space, but not all programs are created equal. AllerTrain is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited Allergy and Gluten-Free training and offers options far more accessible and time-efficient than the rest. Our leading class available today is AllerTrain Lite, and it just so happens to meet the new mandate in Illinois. AllerTrain Lite is also a class that is 66 … Continue reading

Allergy-Friendly Holidays

Allergy- Friendly Holidays How to Accommodate Allergy Needs While Hosting the Holidays Food allergies are on the rise and the food service industry is accommodating special needs more today than ever before. Cooking and dining in the home is a whole different ballpark. While those with allergies know what to avoid and how to prep meals for themselves, dining at a friend or family member’s house can be a bit daunting. If you are hosting the holidays for a loved one who has an allergy or food sensitivity, it is always good to learn how to accommodate their needs. Here … Continue reading

Don’t Pick Off The Croutons

How To Be Allergen and Gluten- Free Conscious People in the service industry are asking, how much can a crumb really affect someone with celiac disease? The answer is, a lot. A restaurant is a high volume space with a constant flow of people who are all ordering their own individual items. Food service professionals are doing all they can to clean self serve stations, bus tables and avoid cross contamination every day from a slow Monday afternoon to a Saturday dinner shift. It’s inevitable though, sometimes crumbs are hard to get to. So what are some of the do’s … Continue reading

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