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Why is gluten and dairy allergies on the increase in children and adults and how can food outlets support with options?

It is important for those who have these allergies to be able to eat out safely, without worrying about cross-contamination from other ingredients in food.

If a restaurant does not have a separate area for preparation and cooking, there are other ways that they can support their customers who need dietary adjustments.

Gluten and dairy allergies are on the increase in children and adults alike, with some studies suggesting that up to 20% of Australians may have gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

People with these allergies are often unaware that they have an issue because they don’t experience any symptoms at all during their regular diet. However, when eating out at cafes or restaurants, friends and family members may unknowingly serve them contaminated foods which could cause them problems later on!

If a restaurant does not have a separate area for preparation and cooking, there are other ways that they can support their customers who need dietary adjustments.

Ideas are-

  • Provide a dedicated chef to prepare food for customers with dietary needs. This allows the customer to be confident in the quality of their meal, knowing that it will be prepared correctly by someone who understands their needs.
  • Provide gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options on the menu alongside those which contain specific ingredients & also include this onto the children’s menu.
  • Have seperate pans, cooking tools and have them colour coded so not cross contamination.
  • Consider using ingredients that can be used across the board for example a plant based mayonnaise for a dairy free option and can also be served to existing consumers with no allergies.

To make it easier for people who have allergies and dietary needs

There are many ways you can help make it easier for people with allergies and dietary needs. A good place to start is by creating a separate area for food preparation. This will ensure that chefs are aware of allergen concerns, as well as making sure that staff members have been trained on how best to answer questions from customers who have allergies or dietary needs.

It’s also important that menus include options for people with different dietary requirements, such as gluten-free or dairy-free dishes, so that your visitors don’t feel left out at all!

Conclusion

I hope that this article has given you some ideas about how to create a safe and accommodating environment for customers with food allergies and dietary needs. If you have any questions or need assistance with preparing your food & updating a pantry list, please feel free to contact us at partner@imaginecollective.net

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