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

Illinois Food Allergy Training for Restaurants

New Mandated Allergy Training Statewide in Illinois Illinois has implemented a new state law that requires restaurants and food service establishments to provide food allergen training for their staff. This law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2018, states that managers must be trained in food allergen awareness within 30 days of their hire date. It also requires that during business hours there must be at least one person working who has received the allergy training. The regulation in Illinois allows food service professionals to live intentionally when serving each guest who walks through their door. Educating team members … Continue reading

Emergency Responses to Food Allergies

What to do in an emergency Food allergic reactions can be scary and unpredictable. More and more people are showing symptoms of allergic reactions now than ever before. Anyone who serves food needs to be aware of what an allergy is, what symptoms are and how to take care of someone should they have an emergency response. The best thing you can do as a food service professional is arm yourself with knowledge and be prepared for a reaction. It is important to note that allergic reactions can happen without notice and symptoms can become severe without any warning. Taking … Continue reading

The Color Purple

How kitchens safely cook with allergens Approximately 15 million people in the United States have food allergies. More people now than ever before require a specially prepared meal when dining out. Those affected with a food allergy know that ingesting even trace amounts of their allergen can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock). Luckily, restaurateurs, foodservice professionals and kitchen staff are stepping up to the plate and taking these allergies seriously. Those who can safely serve guests with special needs are taking proper steps to ensure every diner is taken care of with the utmost respect. The … Continue reading

Go Gluten-Free

Ways to Accommodate Gluten-Free Diners Lately it seems every other person who dines out is looking for a gluten-free menu or gluten-free options. From fast casual to fine dining, all restaurateurs are faced with having to provide options for diners with celiac disease on a much more frequent basis. Around 1 in 10 diners nowadays request a gluten-free menu when ordering outside of the home. The biggest struggle restaurants face is being underprepared in serving diners with special needs. It is best to really understand allergies, intolerances and celiac disease as a whole so you can keep diners safe and … Continue reading

The Basics of Food Allergies

Food allergies are on the rise, and all food service staff and owners should be concerned and prepared to serve those with special dietary needs.  Below, we break down some of the basics on the proper response and how to serve these loyal diners.  Training with the AllerTrain Suite of Courses  and ongoing training as in AllerSTAR are a few of the basics  for serving success for these customers.  Additional tools, such as food allergy posters in English or Spanish and AllerCards, can be found in the AllerTrain Store. Emergency 1st Response? Always begin by asking a guest who appears … Continue reading

Milk: Am I allergic or intolerant?

What are the differences and similarities? Everyone has heard of one of the most common intolerances: lactose, but do you know that a milk allergy and lactose intolerant are actually different? When doing a google search “Milk allergy vs lactose intolerance” the first article that popped up is from January 2012, but this is still an issue today and it’s important to at least know the facts. So what are the main differences and similarities?   What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is one of the most common intolerances/ sensitivities in America today. Lactose intolerance is a digestive system reaction … Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the AllerTrain Food Allergy Awards!

Over the years AllerTrain has had the privilege of working with incredible people from all over the food industry. With this massive database of hard working, passionate people we had to find a way to shine the spotlight! It’s nearly impossible these days to find a restaurant or University dining hall that hasn’t encountered a guest with a food allergy or intolerance. About 15 million Americans have food allergies making it crucial now more than ever for training and awareness in food service establishments. There are so many outstanding brands, schools and individuals who are dedicated to just that: food … Continue reading

Top Food Allergy for Kids: a closer look into peanuts

The rise in peanut allergies in recent years is undeniable. To protect children, some schools have separate lunch tables in the cafeterias made especially for peanut-free zones while others are going completely peanut free.  Restaurants and fast casual chains are adjusting their menus and creating new labels to warn the public of peanuts contained in certain food items. Everyone who has walked into a Five Guys may have noticed the new signs alerting their guests that they offer peanuts in bulk, open case containers. This concern has greatly affected parents as well. Peanuts are now considered the number one food … Continue reading

Food Allergy Legislation- Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County restaurants are preparing for a new mandate that goes into effect on July 1st, 2017. This mandate requires one person at all times to be trained in allergy safety through an ANSI accredited course.  The safety of diners in Montgomery County, Maryland is being supported and as of July 1st those with food allergies can rest assured that measures are being taken to further enhance their dining experience! AllerTrain by Menutrinfo offers a suite of courses available both online and through live training. While some small businesses only need 1-2 people trained and can do so online, others … Continue reading

ANSI- What’s the Big Deal?

The AllerTrain U course has been added to our growing list of ANSI accredited food allergy and gluten-free training courses, along with AllerTrain and AllerTrain Lite. The AllerTrain Suite of Courses is already unique for offering courses that cater to various food service sectors, and for our ability to deliver these courses through multiple platforms. We are multi-faceted and can accommodate clients in whatever way is best for them.  Achieving ANSI accreditation for the AllerTrain, AllerTrain Lite and now AllerTrain U courses, sets us on an entirely different level than our competitors. To us, this is a big deal, but … Continue reading

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 the Maryland County Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the move by providing area restaurants with lists of approved online and in-person food allergy training courses. The reality also is that though many jurisdictions nationally may not yet have similar regulations, all food … Continue reading

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