How do you know which restaurants are safe?

Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 3:14am
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Hi, I'm completely new to this... my 15 mo was just diagnosed with a mild peanut allergy. How do I know which restaurants are safe? How can I be sure that there are no PN or TN in the food she is eating?
Thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 4:36am
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My first suggestion would be to find your local food allergy support group. The support group members will be able to give you tips on local restaurants that are food allergy aware.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has support groups in various parts of the US: http://www.aafa.org/esg_search.cfm
Linda Coss has a very comprehensive list of support groups on her website: www.foodallergybooks.com.
Of course, there is the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, which has a wealth of helpful information: www.foodallergy.org
If you decide to eat out, call ahead before you go out to eat. Speak to the manager. Explain that your child has an allergy to peanuts and that her food must not contain peanuts or tree nuts or must not come into contact with peanuts or tree nuts (even a utensil which may have touched peanut product/tree nut product). Ask them if they are able to ensure this and if they are comfortable with these restrictions. If you don't get a reassuring answer, pick a different restaurant! Many restaurants are familiar with food allergies these days, and many peanut allergy families safely enjoy eating out as much as their non-allergic counterparts.
Also, a number of chain restaurants now have allergy menus: Red Robin comes to mind, but there are quite a few now. Their corporate HQ is more allergy aware, but you still need to call ahead to make sure the local restaurant staff are up to speed.
Good luck and bon appetit! :)
Jennifer B
www.foodallergybuzz.com

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