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Fun times are waiting, but in our world of food allergies and/or asthma, it’s not a bad idea to add a level of PPP (planning, precaution and preparedness).  If we toss caution to the wind then we eat dessert first, don’t floss and stay up late playing on Facebook.  Otherwise, we pause, do our homework and prepare before we head out of the door for travel, socializing and going out.

Food Allergy Friendly chef with dish

special note: For Food Service Professionals…please scroll to bottom!


Article from USA today–regarding socializing with food allergies

e-magazine for teens from Why Risk It Canada

Travel, Restaurants and Food Allergies

My blog on travel planning–my 7 step plan.  Traveling with food allergies and asthma PDF

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers-this is an amazing website that any and everyone traveling overseas should visit and join!  Not only do they provide vaccination and food safety information, if you are a member you have access to their list of English speaking doctors in various countries!  This site provides all the must know information before you travel!

Food Code Revisions summarized for patrons by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Worry Free Dinners from Allergic Girl–a blog about dining out in New York

Traveling and Eating Out with Food Allergies from Allergic Child

Food Allergy Translations Dictionaries free access for 23 countries

Mobile Apps..

Allergy Eats Restaurant guide-very comprehensive and easy to use guide–one of my favorites!  I use the online program on my desktop and I have mobile phone app downloaded on my Droid.

Hold the Allergen–is for the Android and will help you determine which fast food stops offer safe options based on your allergens.

Allergy Caddy–is for the iPhone, iPod and iPad and has over 40 restaurants listed with links back to those restaurants so you can easily call for more details.


Chef cards…

Select Wisely–food allergy translation cards and restaurant cards

Achoo Allergy–food allergy restaurant cards that can be bought in 50 pack bundles!

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Chef Cards offers a free Chef’s card tem­plate and inter­ac­tive card that you can cre­ate on your com­puter and print out. The inter­ac­tive PDF allows you to list your aller­gens on-line and then print out. The tem­plate option must be printed out and then you write in your allergens

Allergic Travel — a card with allergens listed on it available in many languages

Food Allergy Education and Resources for my  food service professional friends….

Resources for Restaurants from Schools@AllergyHome.org

food allergies are nothing to sneeze at PDF slide presentation for the National Restaurant Association

T.E.A.C.H. Food Allergy Safety for Food Service Professionals offers online training programs in addition to seminars created by Allergy Chefs

Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

FAAN’s Restaurant Training Video from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis

US Food and Drug Administration Food Code 2009, Chapter 2, Management and Personnel

School Nutrition Association has an interesting link that offers pods casts (and transcripts) on the following topics that are directed at school food service professionals:

  • Legal and Regulatory Requirements  for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
  • Guidance for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
  • Team work is key to Successful Management in Schools
  • Food Safety Considerations and Food Allergy Management Best Practices for School and Food Service

In addition…the School Nutrition and USDA offer a three part Managing Food Allergies in Schools Webinar.