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Food allergy: gambling your life on a take-away meal.
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PMID:  16026019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigates whether or not it is possible to buy meals suitable for peanut allergy sufferers and assesses the training and guidance needs of catering staff and Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in Northern Ireland with respect to serious food allergies. Meal samples purchased in food premises in the local authority regions of Northern Ireland (NI) were subjected to chemical analysis to check the assertions of the premises staff that they were suitable for peanut allergy sufferers. Officers also assessed if the customer was provided with any information on the allergenic status of foods produced by the establishment; if the EHOs taking the samples had received any training or guidance in allergy-related issues and to gauge the need for such training and guidance. Approximately one in five (13/62) of the premises provided meals which could possibly have triggered a fatal reaction in the purchaser. Most front of house staff did not check the allergen status of the meal with those doing the cooking and most EHOs felt that they needed more training in the subject of food allergen control in commercial food premises. It is important for food allergy sufferers and their medical advisers to be made aware of the limitations of avoidance advice and that false assurances persist of the absence of peanut protein in takeaway foods.
I S Leitch; M J Walker; R Davey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of environmental health research     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0960-3123     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Environ Health Res     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-19     Completed Date:  2005-08-02     Revised Date:  2009-08-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9106628     Medline TA:  Int J Environ Health Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Environmental Health Department, Omagh District Council,Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / analysis
Data Collection
Food Handling
Guideline Adherence*
Northern Ireland
Peanut Hypersensitivity*
Risk Assessment
Truth Disclosure
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