\'Tis The Season To Be Careful

Posted on: Tue, 12/13/2005 - 10:47am
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Dear Registrant,

With the holiday celebrations in full swing, we'd like to remind you of some
safety tips if you have food allergies:

LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR FOOD ALLERGY

- Inquire about menu items when dining out. Call before peak hours and speak
with a restaurant manager.
- Ask the party host about the menu and offer to bring a dish. Ask specific
questions: "Does this food contain (name of allergen)?" rather than "What's in
this food?"
- Tell your partner and people close to you about your food allergy.

WATCH OUT FOR UNDECLARED ALLERGENS

- Be very careful with imported foods such as chocolates which could contain
undeclared allergens. Food labeling laws differ from country to country. Read
Dr. Peter Vadas' article "You can't judge a chocolate bar by its cover - get the
facts behind the label":
[url="http://www.anaphylaxis.ca/content/livingwith/tips_peter_vadas.asp"]http://www.anaphylaxis.ca/content/livingwith/tips_peter_vadas.asp[/url]
- Heads up: Special holiday lattes, such as eggnog lattes, may be prepared
using the same equipment used to steam regular milk lattes in coffee shops.
Egg-allergic consumers should be aware of this risk of cross-contamination.

DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

- Carry your auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen or Twinject) with you at all times and
make sure that you know how to use it. Teach friends and family how to use it as
well.
- Don't eat if you don't have your auto-injector with you.

You can eat, drink and be merry with special precautions....

Wishing you safe celebrations,

Anaphylaxis Canada

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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