What is a food allergy?
Most commonly, food allergies occur when the body sees the protein in some foods as a threat, releasing an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) to fight the protein in the food. IgE can trigger several chemicals to be released, the most important being histamine which is the main cause of the allergy symptoms. Usually these symptoms will be limited to the mouth, throat or skin, however in anaphylaxis there is a more serious reaction; the immune system releases vast amounts of histamine and other chemicals causing a potentially life threatening reaction.
The 2014 EU FIC legislation made it a requirement for food businesses to make information on 14 allergens available to consumers in any food they sell or provide. There are 14 major allergens which need to be mentioned (either on a label or through provided information such as menus) when they are used as ingredients in a food:
- Cereals containing gluten
- Sesame seeds
- Sulphur dioxide
Kitchen CUT gives you the ability to instantly share allergen and nutritional information on your menus. This means all your staff will know what is on your menu, and your patrons will be confident to come back again and again.
How can Kitchen CUT help you?
Kitchen CUT is cloud-based software that can save you time, money, improve quality and consistency. It will help you understand what is impacting on profitability and how to improve it. Allergen and nutritional tracking is just one of the many elements our customers are taking advantage of.
- With Kitchen CUT you have a properly presented allergens menu, and not a battered piece of A4 paper with a table on tick boxes on, so customers know it’s an issue that you take seriously.
- Our growing customer base has proper processes in place for communicating allergens in dishes
- Your whole team can have a system in place for checking if allergens are present.
Have a look for yourselves at www.joinkitchencut.com and then get in touch with us to see how we can help.
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For more information about Food Allergy Awareness Week and how you can support please visit www.foodallergy.org