Did you know? 76% of food allergy deaths occur outside of the home.
With a statistic this high, you ought to wonder what happens outside the home that doesn’t happen in the home. One of the biggest pieces of the puzzle is simply not paying attention. In one’s home, one pays attention to whatever food allergies they or their family member have. They are extra careful when preparing any food that may potentially be harmful.
On the other hand, when you’re out, let’s say at a restaurant, there are a lot of things that can go wrong and cause an allergic person to end up eating an item they are allergic to. They can eat food that has come into contact with their allergy, their allergy was never kept from their food, or they were not told that the specific ingredient was in the food to begin with.
Now here’s a spot that gets even trickier when eating out. If a cook or chef is not trained properly, they may think that it’s okay to simply “remove” an allergy item and then send the dish out. If a person is severely or mildly allergic, this can still highly affect them. Some people are so allergic to some ingredients coming into contact with the item, can potentially be fatal.
What can restaurants do to help fix this issue? Educate and Label.
Educating your staff regularly about food allergies is important in any type of establishment that serves food to consumers. Everyone on the staff needs to know how to answer food questions, how to suggest food options, and how to prepare food without cross-contamination.
Next, the restaurant needs to learn how to label. By investing in and installing a labeling system in your kitchen you can know immediately what food contains with absolutely no guessing.
While educating your staff is something that we can’t necessarily help with, we can help you with the labeling side of things. At Public Kitchen Supply we offer a wide assortment of labels for food safety. Just browse our label category and you’ll be sure to find something that will meet your needs and keep your restaurant allergy-safe. For more information, browse our selection: Public Kitchen Supply