Calling all fellow food intolerance sufferers (and yes, we really do suffer at this time of year) – have you ever been told to just pick the croutons out of your salad? Had carbohydrates in general confused for gluten? Asked whether you’re ‘seriously allergic’ (i.e. are you doing this as the latest trendy food fad)? Or had the only dessert option at your work Christmas party be fruit salad for four years on the trot?
If so, you have my full sympathies, and this post is for you.
[If you’re coeliac, guaranteed you’ve just done a little shudder at this photo]
I was recently contacted by Sydney Ziverts from ConsumerSafety.org who asked me to share a couple of things with my fellow intolerant readers, or in fact anyone who cares about feeding their fellow humans properly.
Firstly, if you’re hosting any sort of mass feeding event (particularly a buffet) and you’re expecting people with food intolerances to attend, here’s a handy dandy printable for you to put next to each dish. You just tick the box to show what it contains. I tell you what, if any of the buffets I went to had this I’d think all my Christmases had come at once.
Secondly, if you could put down your freefrom mince pie for just a second and take this survey, I’d appreciate it. Sydney will use the results in her research project, which aims to underscore the importance to consumers of proper allergen testing and to improve food allergy labelling in general. She hopes to use this with big brands to persuade them to reconsider their labelling processes. Hopefully it will help simplify things for us ‘picky eaters’ (heavy eye roll) in the future. And if you’re not sure why food labelling is important, just read this about ‘gluten free’ Cheerios.
Thanks in advance for your help and here’s to no more fruit salad for pudding.
I’d like to know – what’s your worst buffet related experience? Does it beat seeing a lady on a cruise ship reach into a dish of potatoes and pick one up with her fingers, and then put it straight into her mouth? For those with food intolerances, would it help you to have this kind of label next to dishes at a buffet?
Just in case you were wondering, this isn’t sponsored in any way. I just want to do something for the greater good, and I hope you do too.