While states such as Massachusetts now require restaurant employees to undergo training regarding food allergies, and need menus to bear a statutory warning, “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy,” in other places the consumer needs to be most vigilant. An allergy sufferer should therefore,
- Ask all relevant questions to the server, about the ingredients of the dish being ordered as well as the way it is made.
- The cooking medium (oil used) as well as the utensils used to chop and cook the food should be looked into. For instance certain Asian restaurants cook in fish oil and this could be bad news for the person allergic to fish even if he is not allergic to the other ingredients of the dish.
- It pays to be as careful as possible and there is no need to shy away from asking pertinent questions.
- If you are not sure about a dish, don’t order it.
- And yet in spite of the best precautions, an accident occurs, be prepared. Carry requisite medications in case an allergy is triggered and take it expeditiously lest the symptoms get exacerbated.
Source: Greenwich Time