What is Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) doing to advocate for people with food allergies when they dine out?
A&AA and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) have worked together through the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) to develop free online training on food allergy management for anyone working in food service.
You can access the training here. This training is supported by free resources. NAS has developed free e-training and associated resources to be proactive and prevent allergic reactions in the food service sector. Be assured that A&AA will be your strong advocate if you disclose your allergy and are then served food containing that allergen.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia will continue to develop further resources to assist those in the food service sector including restaurants, clubs, cafés, hospitals and other institutions. Both consumers and food service staff have responsibilities when it comes to food allergy management. Therefore we will also continue to educate those diagnosed with food allergy about how to improve their own safety when eating out or purchasing takeaway. See our Eating Out brochure for more information.
In the United Kingdom recently two food takeaway workers were found guilty of manslaughter after a peanut allergy death. Read the news article here. To help prevent this kind of occurrence in Australia, the NAS continues to work to improve the training requirements and resources for people working in the food service industry. On November 2, 2018 the second NAS Food Allergen Management in Food Service Forum was held in Sydney with a wide variety of stakeholders participating. These participants included consumers, health professionals including dietitians, state government representatives, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Allergen Bureau, food manufacturers, food service staff, cruise ships representatives, restaurant and catering chains, auditors and more. This forum provides direction for the next steps in the Food Service Project component of the NAS. A&AA believes that with the right information, education and processes, people with a food allergy and food businesses can work together to improve the safety of people with food allergies who are eating away from home.
A&AA has developed a quick, easy-to-understand resource that contains posters, food allergen cards and a booklet explaining both legislation and also what food service staff can do to help manage food allergy. The cost is $50 plus postage. You can purchase it here.
A&AA supports everyone managing food allergy. It is challenging, but we hope that current and future work through the NAS will help to improve food allergy safety in all food service situations.
Attendees at the November 2018 National Allergy Strategy Round Table meeting to discuss next steps in food service management in Australia.
Content updated November 2020