Listen very carefully, I shall say this many times…

This week a waiter in Canada has been charged after an allergic diner was served fish instead of steak; the customer was seriously allergic to fish and has alerted the waiter about this but sadly he had an anaphylactic attack and spent two days in a coma. Why did this happen? How could this happen? […]

To ‘bold’ oats or not to ‘bold’ oats – that is the question

Hot on the heals of my last blog about oats, gluten and allergen labelling I had a look at some of the oat based products in my larder and others online. It would seem that there is a split in the market. Many companies are labelling oats in bold but just as many are not. […]

Is gluten an allergen and do oats contain gluten?

At the recent judging session for FreeFrom Eating out Awards we had a heated discussion about oats and whether they came under the Top 14 allergens banner. I thought that oats were not in the Top 14 allergens but others disagreed. It turns out I was wrong. Very wrong. I know that oats don’t contain […]

Surviving three VERY different weddings with allergies

This year we were invited to three very different weddings. One involving a walk in the Lake District and a riotous Ceilidh in the evening, one involving camping and outdoor entertainment and one traditional wedding at a hotel venue. What to eat at someone’s wedding when you have multiple allergies is always a worry. I […]

ITV news, allergen regs and a FreeFrom cafe

The allergen regulations came into play in December 2014, almost six months ago, so food service businesses have had quite some time to get ready for the allergic community. There was plenty of warning before the regulations came into effect but many establishments may still be very unprepared for catering for an allergic diner. ITV […]