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

You Can Be Confident in Glory Days Grill Food Allergy Training

*photo from   The only thing more important than the food you serve are the customers you serve, and we love highlighting when companies recognize their customers’ health matters. When there are so many options for you to choose from, you can be confident in Glory Days Grill food allergy awareness.    Glory Days Grill provides some of the best food for families and sports lovers along the East Coast and it is evident that the health and well-being of their customers is one of their core values. It takes work for a company to cater their menus and training to … Continue reading

First Time at College? Is your school AllerTrained?

Is your school AllerTrained? Food Allergy Training for all College and University Staff! Although college is an exciting time in life, sending your kids to college with allergies can be very scary. As if dining halls weren’t already the most intimidating social settings, being worried about if your food is handled safely or not only adds to the already nerve-racking situation. But, colleges and universities can ease the transition into higher education by ensuring that dining areas are safe from food-allergy related incidents occurring. By completing MenuTrinfo’s AllerTrain U course, colleges and universities can be trained on proper practices for … Continue reading

AllerTrain RA™ – A New Class for Resident Advisers!

  Campus Resident Advisers play an extremely important role in shaping the college experience for students. From being a role model to incoming students to organizing fun activities for dorm residents, RA’s are involved in many facets of student life. Among the many responsibilities, one of the core duties that Resident Advisers are tasked with is ensuring the safety of the students on their floor. With 1 in 13 students of school age having at least one food allergy, the likelihood that a campus RA will have a student on their floor with a food allergy is very high and … Continue reading

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