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Living with a food allergy can be incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally.  With almost half (44%) of allergy sufferers living in fear[1]  that they will experience a potentially fatal reaction, going out to a restaurant for dinner, or popping out to a café for lunch can be an extremely daunting experience. 

The catering industry has a huge responsibility to help counteract this fear, by demonstrating the highest levels of allergy management, to ensure both the safety of their customers and to build confidence in dining out for those living with allergy. “99% of allergy sufferers have said that they are more likely to return to a restaurant if they felt that the food outlet was up-to-date with allergy/intolerance knowledge”[2] 

On 22nd November, national charity Allergy UK will bring together experts from the catering industry for their free-to-attend Industry Group Meeting. The day will focus on practical management techniques for caterers, including ways to collaborate with Allergy UK to provide a safe dining experience for those eating out with a food allergy. Food allergy legislative updates and case studies will be presented and there will be an interactive Q+A session, providing an excellent opportunity to gain insight from industry decision makers. Anyone working in the food service environment is welcome to attend this daytime meeting and there will be plenty of time to network and interact during the course of the day. Allergy UK will also be on stand 205 at the Food Matter Live event 21st – 23rd November.

[1] Research carried out by Allergy UK among 1,146 allergy sufferers, March 2015

[2] Allergy UK Consumer Eating Habits, March 2016

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