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Do Restaurants Allergen Charts Take Cross-contamination Into Consideration

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On the Allergen charts they show what the "item" does not have. Yes, you still have to put into consideration CC with what you are eating. The item is prepared in the same kitchen that is preparing things with flour etc so when they are using the flour it goes in the air and lands on other items possibly. Plus you never know if the person who is preparing your food is not also touching items that you cannot have and then going back to preparing yours OR using a kitchen tool that was used on a gluten item.

Example: If you look at the Chilis website http://chilis.com/ and put in your location under the Menu/Locations when the next screen comes up look near the bottom for Allergen info.....If you click on the wheat/gluten free one when it comes up read the top section where they warn you pretty much that they don't guarantee cross contamination (put in different words though). That is just an example.

It is hard not being able to eat at the places you use to love/go to, especially when it comes to friends and family wanting to go to those places.

GOOD LUCK!!


Rebecca

Partial Gluten Free March 2007

Completely Gluten Free February 2008

Tapioca Starch/Flour Free April 2008

No MSG July 2008

Cut out Nitrates//Nitrites January 2009

Problems with Tomatoes and Potatoes -- Cut out Nightshades Aug '09

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I agree with the previous poster. Most people have never heard of cc, and therefore won't take the necessary precautions when preparing food.

You can try to explain it, and ask that the person preparing your food put on new gloves and prepares your food on a surface cleaned right before doing it. You can also ask for your dish to be rewashed. If they are nice, they will go out of their way to try to make you safe (hopefully). But there is still no guarantee, of course, since you can't go into the kitchen and supervise them yourself.


I am a German citizen, married to a Canadian 29 years, four daughters, one son, seven granddaughters and four grandsons, with one more grandchild on the way in July 2009.

Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

Asperger Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), hypothyroidism, fatigue syndrome, asthma

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