Discovering Corben has a nut allergy hasn’t been the only discovery we’ve made recently.
You know when you walk into a takeaway and they all have those certificates framed on the wall, like those we all used to make up when we were kids using Microsoft Word, ‘I am the best’, signed by ME!
Turns out these certificates are about as real as those made up ones and it’s really pissing me off! We’ve known Corben has a nut allergy for a few months now and have really clamped down on what exactly he can and cannot eat.
There are 2 major problems we’ve found.
- Do you know which products have printed on the back ‘May contain nuts?’ Pretty much ALL OF THEM!! Companies basically want to cover their own backs, meaning something that is perfectly fine for Corben to eat, now isn’t, because we can’t take that risk of letting him eat it anyway.
- More often than not when we’re out for food and we ask ‘Do you cook in peanut oil?’ Or ‘Do you know if there are any traces of nuts in this certain meal?’ The response is, they haven’t a friggin clue. We take deep breathes and realise that it’s OK because they’re a food establishment and will have the ‘Allergy Advice’ folder to hand….. No they won’t. The sign on the counter that clearly say’s in capital letters, FOR ANY ADVICE ON OUR FOOD CONCERNING ALLERGIES PLEASE ASK A MEMBER OF STAFF, is basically bullshit.
Apologies I’ve swore twice in this post already and it’s not usually language I use. (When writing!!) I suppose it’s only my sons life at risk, maybe I should calm down.
Honestly in the past couple of months we’ve cancelled ordered food, we’ve had staff running around like headless chickens and even had staff ripping cardboard packaging apart from in the store room to come show us what it says.
This can’t be right can it? What does the law say? Without boring you to tears, it says that we MUST be told if food establishments use any ingredients whatsoever from a certain huge list of stuff, nuts being on that list. They have to have this information to hand and as we’ve discovered they simple haven’t.
So, what should I do about it I’ve asked myself. Maybe I should note down every place that doesn’t have the information to hand. I’m not unreasonable, I know people can’t know this stuff off the top of their heads all of the time, however they should at least know where to get the information from.
I suppose I could make every meal from scratch for Corben and fill him with fear that anything not homemade is a risk to his life. Obviously that’s ridiculous and so are businesses that don’t make their consumers health a priority.
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