Take food allergy seriously as an individual

Take food allergy seriously

Three things someone living with a food allergy would value from those around them:

  1. Listen and respond to everyone who asks about food allergies/allergens in a clear and supportive way. Be sure not to dismiss their questions or concerns, and avoid making assumptions without double-checking all ingredients, even if it appears to be safe to eat at first.
  2. Never be afraid to ask questions. No one expects you to be an expert in a condition you don’t live with. Starting a conversation and asking questions shows that you care and take food allergies seriously.
  3. Saving labels is vital. When cooking food for someone with a food allergy, keep the packaging of any pre-bought foods being served so the guest (or, in the case of a child, the parent) can double-check the labelling.

If you’re up for doing more to support those with food allergies, here are some things to consider to create a more inclusive environment for those living with food allergies:

  • Take their food allergy seriously and never dismiss or minimise their concerns about ingredients. Food allergies are not a choice. Just a trace of a food allergen can result in hospitalisation.
  • Speak up for the food allergy community and/or spread awareness within your social and work circles. Our Instagram or Facebook channels provide a broader understanding of the challenges and frustration faced by those living with food allergies.
  • Embrace inclusivity with empathy. There are thoughtful ways to extend dinner invitations that respect their dietary restrictions. Although, please do also show understanding if someone needs to cancel or change plans at very short notice. Dining out can be anxiety-inducing for people living with a food allergy, and it can be unpredictable and difficult to manage.
  • Learn to recognise the signs of anaphylaxis and know what to do in an emergency. Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can rapidly occur after exposure to an allergen.
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