Travel to France w/ Peanut Allergy

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By stemps on Sun, 05-25-08, 21:33

I am headed to Paris this summer (with a peanut allergy), and I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips/advice on how to handle my allergy abroad. I'm very apprehensive/nervous about doing this, so any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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By Mrsdocrse on Mon, 05-26-08, 14:19

Good for you! I can't really give you a lot of advice because I haven't been to France. But I do know someone that just came back from a vacation there for a few weeks with a peanut allergy. If you do not speak fluentently I suggest those allergy cards that explain your allergy. They siad they were fine and found plenty of places to eat.

good luck!

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By stemps on Mon, 05-26-08, 15:25

Thanks! I have heard about the allergy cards, and plan to get one. Does anyone have any information on the peanut/lupine allergy issue?

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By williamsmummy on Tue, 05-27-08, 14:01

have been to france quite a few times with my family, have one multiple allergic child.

From nov 05 12 major allergens have to be labeled in a seperate 'allergy box' in the EU.

peanut is one of them, as well as ,
tree nuts
eggs
milk
celery
seeds
fish
shellfish
sulphates
wheat
I cant remember the other two at the moment ..............i will later,.....its really bugging me...........,(sigh)

as for lupine and kiwi they are going to be labeled after nov 08

I have seem lupine labeled along with nuts quite frequently in supermarkets, and of course lupine is more commonly found in the bakery section/cakes/cookies.
we have always been able to find a safe alternative.

lots of sites do the translation cards, and I suggest that you buy a good english /french translation /phrasebook,e.g, the 'lonely planet' has sections in for explaining allergies.

There is some awareness of peanut causeing allergies, but the french have a problem themselves mainly with celery and celeriac.

We have used the translation cards in resturants many times, and have never had a problem getting a safe meal for our son.
Much of the rules you use to get food in your country ( where ever you are, I am in UK) are the same world wide.

relax, kick of your shoes,try a sip of wine or too, or try something stronger, ( calvados..........hmmmmmmmmmmmm) eat some cheese, chilllllllllllll..............
there is a fab time for all in france!!

we have also been to italy as USA before and had a fab time, this year we are going to spain...........so am investigating spanish food before we go! tappas here we come!!

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By stemps on Tue, 05-27-08, 17:51

Thank you so much for the information, and the reminder to relax! I will definitely be trying the wine!!

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By cr03 on Sun, 01-13-13, 02:07

avoid anything baked i almost died once

wile in Paris be cause of a peace of cake

that i was told had no nuts

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