Things change when you or your child are diagnosed with a food allergy. You need to be more careful when buying, preparing and serving food, and when eating away from home.
As we enter the festive season, food takes centre stage once again in homes up and down the UK. For those living with a food allergy, we are more than aware of how this can heighten anxiety at a time of year when many others are letting their hair down.
That’s why during this holiday period, Allergy UK is bringing food allergy conversations back to the top of the agenda so this year we want to remind and raise awareness of why Ingredients Matter.
For far too long, families and individuals living with a food allergy have been faced with complex labels on packaged food which can make it difficult to understand if it is a safe food to eat.
From blanket ‘may contain’ statements that sometimes confuse instead of clarify, to inconsistent labelling sizes to coded listings of ingredients and more, the challenges that can come from simply trying to understand what is in a food item before consuming it can often lead to restricting the range of safe food available even further.
The absence of clear and transparent labelling extends beyond the supermarket aisles, echoing as persistent hurdles when dining out. From restaurants not having access to up-to-date ingredient matrix to even refusal of service when it comes to accommodating food allergies.
That’s why in the coming months, Allergy UK will be championing our food allergic community’s right to ‘clear and accurate information’ as outlined in our Patient Charter (2021) because Ingredients Matter.
Food plays a crucial role in everyday life – it’s essential for us all to survive.
Transparent listings of individual ingredients allow those living with a food allergy to make safe food choices and confidently eat in or out of the home without the fear of allergic reaction.
It’s time to acknowledge the often-overlooked daily challenges and anxieties of living with a food allergy, which are often overlooked and dismissed.