December 6, 2019
'Tis the season for lovely tubs of Quality Street, Celebrations, Heroes and biscuit assortments passed round offices or left under the tree to enjoy on Christmas Day! Selection packs like these usually list allergen ingredients only for the combined contents, not for each sweet or biscuit. How are you supposed to know which one is made with hazelnut prallne or egg fondant? No problem - ring the free Customer Helpline.
Listen in as Allergy Today calls four Customer Helplines - United Biscuits (McVities), Cadbury, Mars and Nestlé - to find out if they can provide allergy information for individual sweets or biscuits, and with their help we attempt to track down the information on their own websites. It isn't easy, and some of the information is wrong - Cadbury's website suggests their Creme Egg as egg-free....and they categorise egg allergy as "vegetarian"!
We'd love to hear your experience of dipping into a tub of Quality Street or Heroes, do you take risks or steer clear completely (which seems to be the general advice given by the Helplines)? Get in touch via @allergytoday on Insta or Twitter, or email email@example.com
November 29, 2019
Our second podcast recorded in front of a live audience at #FoodMattersLive, with Ruth and Quentin. This week we find out how to cope with allergy customers from two award-winning restaurateurs, discuss the proposed #OwensLaw (expect to be surprised!), and debate why the 14 listed allergens is only the beginning. Dominic Teague, Executive Chef at the famous Indigo One restaurant @OneAldwych turned his hotel gluten and dairy-fee, re-designed all his dishes, changed the culture & approach of his staff and became a more creative chef. Sara Wren founded the UK's first gluten free restaurant, Oscar and Bentley's @OscarBentleys in Canterbury, and Sue Garlick is Head of Technical Services at food ingredients tracking company, @Erudus. Creating an allergy-safe place to eat whilst making customers feel normal, avoiding cross-contamination and keeping staff trained and motivated - this could be the new normal, and it's catching on! Our audience @FoodMattersLive ask questions too.
November 22, 2019
The first of two podcasts recorded in front of audiences at the Food Matters Live 2019 conference. Do restaurants and food establishments really look after allergy customers? What impact has Natasha's Law had, and is Owen's Law a good thing? Can mobile Apps help allergy sufferers, and would you trust them? Ruth, Alice and Quentin are joined by blogger Lindiwe Lewis @the.allergy.table, Nathalie Newman @intolerantgourmand and her 8 year old son Callum (he's got 28 allergies!), and our great pal Dan Kelly @_maycontain to chew over what it's like to eat out and how far the industry still has to go.
Don't miss our second podcast from Food Matters Live 2019 next week - we talk to two restaurateurs to ask what dealing with allergic customers is like from their side of the Pass!
November 15, 2019
This week the Allergy Today team discuss another avoidable anaphylaxis death, milk cross-contamination in coffee shops and Ruth contracts painful shingles from the methotrexate she's taking to come off topical steroids. Meanwhile Quentin gets excited by Waitrose flagging up recipe changes and we call Lucy's on a Plate in Ambleside - Ruth's absolute favourite allergy-friendly restaurant!
We talk to Bryony Mansell-Lewis, the organiser of Food Matters Live, the largest food producer exhibition and conference taking place at Excel in Docklands. Listen at the end of the podcast for details of two live #AllergyToday podcasts we're recording at Food Matters Live.
November 8, 2019
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Allergy & Free From Winter Show in Liverpool, Ruth and Quentin are joined by Tanya Ednan-Laperouse from @NatashasFoundation, Aimee Allen, a primary school teacher and @AllergyStarts blogger and Dan Kelly from @_MayContain. We discuss Auto-injectors ("Epipens"), demonstrate how to use them properly, ask why TV and Hollywood gets it all wrong, the shortcomings of these devices and we give you our Top 10 Auto-Injector Tips for surviving an anaphylactic reaction.
Listen to the end for details of our two Live Podcasts @FoodMattersLive, Excel, Docklands
November 1, 2019
Quentin, Ruth and Alice in conversation with Clare Hussein (@Allergy_mumof1 on Instagram), her journey discovering and dealing with her daughter's allergies, eczema and anaphylaxis. Unhelpful and often incorrect information from the medical profession add to the frustration. Clare's story will ring bells for many parents struggling to cope with their children's allergies. Listen out for a classic Morecambe & Wise moment... Recorded in four different places at the same time!
October 25, 2019
Ruth reckons she got shingles from methotrexate, Quentin shuns exquisite tapas in Madrid, Robbyn Snow (the Allergy Show) tells us how they keep visitors allergy-safe, Environmental Health Officer Karen Martin tells us why peanuts come with a "May Contain" warning, how she polices the food trade and who she'd close down if she had a magic wand. We get ready for our live podcast in Liverpool on 3rd November. See you at The Free From Show Winter 2019!!
October 16, 2019
Ruth finds the perfect allergy-friendly restaurant. Quentin's egg allergy catches him out - again! Bear Grylls suffers a major reaction to a bee sting and we discuss take-aways who don't know what's in their kebabs.
Our guest is the wonderful Dan Kelly who blogs and pods as @_MayContain. His mission is to normalise allergies for younger age groups, making it OK to carry your Epipen and teach friends how to administer it. He's a real inspiration!
October 9, 2019
Ever wondered how much doctors know about allergies? In this unmissable AllergyToday Special, we talk to Dr. Stephanie Ooi, "The GP Mum" who, whilst holidaying on a tropical island, discovered her 5 month old baby had severe allergies. Even though she's a GP, she was unprepared, and so began her own journey: living with allergies. Now she helps other parents via Instagram (@the_gp_mum) and at her practice. Quentin, Ruth and Alice get a consultation.
October 2, 2019
Coeliac disease is a serious auto-immune disease where gluten damages the small intestine. It affects 1 in 100 people, yet 70% of sufferers haven't been diagnosed. Coeliac UK's Lorna Gardner explains all. We talk to supermum Rebecca Smith whose daughter Bethany was eating erasers, chalk, and bits of the house. She thought it may be due to Bethany's Type 1 diabetes but her own research led to a coeliac disease diagnosis and miraculous recovery. #coeliac #celiac