Press Release (Yahoo): Damon\'s Grill Takes Lead in Offering Guests Food Allergy Info

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 2:19pm
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Press Release Source: Damon's Grill

[b]Damon's Grill Takes Lead in Offering Guests Food Allergy Information[/b]

Monday February 19, 9:54 am ET

[i]New healthy dining focus includes lighter menu items, elimination of trans fats[/i]

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For the millions of food allergy sufferers, dining out can be a life or death decision. Even the hint of a known allergen in a "secret sauce" can find them among the 30,000 people a year seeking help in hospital emergency rooms.
To better accommodate the evolving needs of today's guests, Damon's Grill is introducing a healthy dining strategy, focusing on potential food allergen disclosures, additional low-calorie menu items and a transition to trans fat- free oils.

Allergen listings now are available through a link at [url="http://www.damons.com/interactivemenu.cfm."]http://www.damons.com/interactivemenu.cfm.[/url] Restaurant servers also can provide allergy information.

Damons.com guests will find an interactive allergy information tool in the lower left corner of the "Our Menu" page. It allows them to select any of the restaurant's items and view potential allergens. Before launching the allergy information page this month, a nutrition consultant analyzed the ingredients in nearly 250 Damon's appetizers, salads, salad dressings, soups, side items, entrees, sandwiches, kids' menu, beverages, condiments and desserts.

"Few casual dining chains offer allergy sufferers and those with other dietary restrictions easy access to the information they need," said Carl Howard, president. "Damon's is taking the lead because our guests asked for the information, and we want to support their efforts to lead healthier lives."

Food allergies trigger a person's immune system to mistakenly attack otherwise harmless proteins, as if they were diseases. The most common foods evoking reactions are: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp), soy, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans). Reactions can range from a tingling sensation to difficulty breathing or death. Symptoms appear anywhere from within minutes after ingesting the substance to two hours later.

Damon's published food allergens list also includes MSG (monosodium glutamate) and sulfides. Since peanut allergies have skyrocketed, especially among children in recent years, Damon's Grill does not use the ingredient in any of its menu items.

"Approximately 12 million Americans have food allergies," said Anne Munoz- Furlong, founder and chief executive of the Virginia-based Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. "Since the majority of allergic reactions occur outside the home, often in restaurants, our organization supports Damon's desire to make ingredient information more readily available."

For guests watching their weight, cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat intake, Damon's also recently introduced five new entrees, all under 600 calories, including Aloha Chicken, Maui Salmon, Balsamic Steak, Blueberry Hill Salad and Chimi Chicken.

Damon's also is phasing out trans fat frying oils and removing all trans fat ingredients from its menu items.

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Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 3:06pm
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I like the idea, but I don't trust their information. They list the "M&M Crazy Clown" dessert on the kids' menu as containing the allergens milk, soy and wheat. No mention of peanuts, even though we all know that M&M's have a peanut allergy warning.
It would be more helpful to have an actual ingredient list to read.
Cathy
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited February 20, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 12:31am
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I do hope this becomes a trend!

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 5:45am
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I absolutely agree w/ Momcat on this... actual ingredients would be more helpful. In our case, our child is allergic to soy protein, but not soybean oil or soy lecithin. Essentially everything on their menu lists 'soy' as an allergen, but it is most likely soybean oil or soy lecithin. But w/ the level of detail that they provide, we will avoid it all -- or check at the restaurant kitchen, just as we typically do.
Anne
Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b]It would be more helpful to have an actual ingredient list to read.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:35pm
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I think its a giant step in the right direction. Its a whole lot better that what we currently rely on at resturants....an uninformed waitstaff with sometimes an even less informed manager and an exit from the resturant.
I sent a comment to damons to thank them and got this response.....someone there is a parent of a pa child.
Thank you for your comments. The items listed on the menu are items that all
Damon's Grill locations offer. However, some franchisee may offer additional
items. As a parent of a child with a peanut allergy, I wanted to check into the
South Carolina's franchisee's menu regarding nuts and the following was his
response: "We typically do not have peanuts or peanut butter in the
restaurants. In that we do caterings we may have both on site for special
events. We do serve warm banana nut muffins and we do have pecans and pistachios
on the menu."

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:20am
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They list things which are breaded and fried as containing wheat, but not soy. Those things most certainly contain soy in both the breading *and* the oil, so I don't trust them.
ygg

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 5:25am
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I entered a couple choices and at the bottom it states "Allergens we recognize here are: Fish, Shellfish, Milk, Soy, Wheat, Eggs, MSG, Sulfites, and Tree Nuts." What happened to peanuts? Are they not disclosing/including or are they saying they don't use anything with peanuts? Unclear to me.

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