Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 10:22am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

My family and I are going to the Netherlands this March Break and just wanted to know if anyone has gone or lives there.

I did a search and found some old members that haven't posted in awhile. So I doubt I will get some info from them

I know nobody has posted about traveling to the Netherlands except for Erik who went elsewhere in Europe.

Just want to know what products to watch out for. Family over there is helping a bit but I guess I want more specific information from someone who lives there or has gone. If anyone can help me with what brands of foods to stay away from that would be great.

I have made some cue cards in Dutch explaining about my PA son and what would happen if he became exposed to peanuts. I had them made for fear I would be near no one else who spoke English.

Hope someone can help....


Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 10:52am
JenEmm's picture
Joined: 08/13/2005 - 09:00

I was there a few years ago. I had dutch allergy cards with me as well. I had toured all through Europe for several weeks and Amsterdam was my last stop. Stay away from anything fried. They make those delicious looking fries, but I was told they use peanut oil, and they have peanut sauces as well. I ate a lot of pizza, pasta or McDonalds every night. I did not have any local food as I was too nervous.
Have a good trip.

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 9:44pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads up about the fried foods and anything with a sauce. I will stay away from them.
I was hoping someone on these boards would help me out. Unless you leave with someone with PA like we do you REALLY don't know what to avoid.

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2007 - 10:24pm
bonestable's picture
Joined: 04/05/2005 - 09:00

I have traveled there several times, but before my daughter was born so I was not dealing with food allergies.
There are many Indonesian restaurants there, which I imagine would be dangerous as Indoneisan food often contains peanuts.
Most younger Dutch people speak excellent English, so although Dutch menu cards are a good idea, you will hopefully be able to communicate well.

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 5:03am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I don't know many specifics re: peanut, but they do use alot of almonds in their desserts - and alot of almond extract, so watch for those hidden ingredient.
I was curious and went looking and found this info. HTH. (SEE LAST PARAGRAPH)
The Netherlands (represented by Nederlands Anafylaxis Netwerk)
Top three concerns:
Education of primary care physicians on the mechanisms and social impact of food allergies and anaphylaxis
Food labeling and food industry awareness
Community education: schools, day care centres, restaurants
In the Netherlands, approximately 350,000 people suffer from food allergies. Anaphylaxis is believed to affect 12,000 persons.
Common food allergens:
Peanut, milk, egg, wheat, tree nuts (almonds, hazelnut, cashew, walnut, etc.), soy, fish, shellfish, and sesame seed
In the Netherlands, if one is diagnosed being at risk for anaphylaxis, an auto-injector with adrenaline (EpiPen

Posted on: Tue, 01/09/2007 - 11:24am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Thanks so much for the info. I am gathering more and more info as time draws nearer. Thanks everyone.

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 9:54pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Well we leave tonight for the Netherlands. A bit nervous. Packed my son some food for the trip, cookies, chewy bars, cereal etc. Wish us luck....

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 3:54am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Good luck! Enjoy the trip.

Posted on: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 6:31pm
desertrose's picture
Joined: 08/28/2013 - 01:21

We live in the Netherlands and this has been our experience: Most Dutch speak fluent English, so you can always ask. A lot of EU products have the ingredients listed in all/most of the EU member state languages too.
If you need some Dutch vocabulary: Peanut in dutch is pinda. Nuts are noten. Look for pinda or noten in the ingredients, in bold at the end of the ingredient list as an allergy warning, or as an overall warning such as "kan sporen met pinda e noten". (many baked goods say that if may contain peanuts or nuts) Bedrijf is the word for factory, the warnings with this word are probably the equivalent of saying in the US made in the same factory as/on the same equipment as. I don't know if they always think nuts and peanuts are different from each other, but for cross contamination concerns, we avoid anything that says noten as well.
French Fries with "oorlog" sauce means a mix of mayo, peanut, etc. sauces "fighting each other." So avoid oorlog sauce too, not just pinda sauce.
There is a lot of hazelnut in things here, including chocolates, in case you are concerned about cross contamination.
In the Netherlands ham and cheese sandwiches are their societal equivalent of our peanut butter and jelly, but my daughter goes to an American school....
One thing I have experienced here is people trying to give snacks and cookies to my daughters (age 6 and 2) without asking me first. I don't think they are as aware of allergies, or perhaps they are approach other people's children more easily than Americans find socially acceptable. Fortunately even my 2-year old knows how to say peanut and ask us for permission to have the cookie so we haven't had any issues yet.

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