What is Food Allergy?

What is Food Allergy?

Imagine a patron enjoying a dish you prepared and suddenly having difficulty breathing, breaking into hives, swelling up or becoming dizzy. You are shocked and don’t know what is going on! Yes, this is an anaphylactic shock, and your patron is allergic to certain food or drink. To avoid this situation, educate and prepare yourself by reading this blog: What is Food Allergy?

What is Food Allergy?

Food allergies are a growing health problem in the world. With an increase in the number of people allergic to certain foods, the need increases for restaurants and their staff to become educated about this problem.

Food allergy is a reaction to certain food ranging from mild symptoms to deadly reactions. The cure for these allergies does not exist, therefore the only way to prevent anaphylaxis is to avoid allergy-causing foods and understand the allergy.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis and black list of ingredients

Symptoms of the most severe form of allergy are low blood pressure, blue tinged skin, spasms of the bronchial muscles and can cause suffocation within several minutes.

In order to inform you of this health problem, we bring you the black list of food we use every day that have allergenic components:

  • eggs
  • milk
  • mustard
  • peanuts
  • fish and shellfish
  • sesame seeds
  • soy
  • tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, etc.)
  • wheat

Prevention and what to do if you encounter an anaphylactic shock

Considering the severity of reactions allergenic foods can cause to people who are allergic, you must take steps to prevent or reduce the risks of unwanted situations:

  • Educate your staff about symptoms of allergies;
  • Make sure the staff understands food allergies and how they can help prevent them;
  • Point out to your staff the critical allergenic ingredients you use in your cuisine;
  • Inform your staff about any new recipe or dish containing allergenic ingredients;
  • Prepare an intervention plan and train your staff to implement it if needed.

Place the person experiencing a shock in a comfortable horizontal position with raised legs, begin administering oxygen via nasal tube or mask, and organize a speedy transport to the closes emergency room or hospital.