Great Health Tip of the Day: Hosting an Allergy Safe Party

May 21, 2014

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Food allergies and intolerances are much more common than those of us without allergies and intolerances may be aware; around 4% of adults and 8% of children have food allergies and many more have lactose or gluten intolerance. The next time you plan a party, consider whether or not your guests have food allergies or intolerances. Here are some tips to follow that will help you to hold an allergy safe party.

  • If you are not sure whether your guests have an allergy, make a note on your invitation asking guests to inform you.
  • When preparing food for your party, check each ingredient rather than assuming the food is safe and be careful to ensure that no cross-contamination occurs.
  • If a guest with a food allergy asks to bring a safe dish, respond positively and ask them to bring enough to share.
  • If you are hosting a potluck, ask people ahead of time to bring foods that do not contain those ingredients that are of concern (this is particularly important when you have a guest with a severe food allergy).
  • If food is served buffet style, make sure there is a serving utensil in each dish, so that food is not inadvertently cross-contaminated. If space permits, consider putting allergen-free foods on a separate table. If not, you may want to quietly ask guests with food allergies to serve themselves first.

Do you have other tips to share on holding an allergy safe party?