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Council urges young people across the Caerphilly borough to speak out about food allergies

Posted on : 24 Sep 2018

Council urges young people across the Caerphilly borough to speak out about food allergies

Caerphilly County Borough Council has partnered up with Food Standards Agency to promote the easy to ASK allergy campaign.

This campaign aims to urge food businesses across the Caerphilly borough to ask customers if they have any allergies or intolerances to increase their understanding of the importance of complying with allergen regulations.

Many young people often feel embarrassed to talk publicly about having a food intolerance or allergy when in social groups with friends; risking allergic reactions or, even, endangering their lives.

Focusing on 16 to 24 year olds, this campaign aims to encourage young people to speak out in front of friends and businesses.

New research by the FSA in partnership with Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign reveals that 41 per cent of young people aged 16 to 24 years old with food allergies or intolerances don’t feel confident or only feel partly confident to ask serving staff for allergen information. Research has also shown that 60 per cent of those surveyed avoid dining out due to their condition.  This campaign aims to fight these figures and help bring to light the insecurities that need to be challenged in the Caerphilly borough and beyond. 

There are 14 allergens that businesses must be aware of and are required to have information to assist people with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, cereals containing gluten, eggs, crustaceans, molluscs, fish, soya, sesame, sulphur dioxide/sulphites, celery, mustard and lupin.

Cllr. Eluned Stenner, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection said, “Caerphilly County Borough Council are actively supporting the easy to ASK allergy campaign to make sure businesses and young people across the borough speak out loud about food allergies and intolerances. We want to ensure businesses are equipped to provide relevant allergy information to make people feel comfortable and at ease to disclose this information to keep those at risk protected.”

Dr Chun-Han Chan, food allergy policy lead at the Food Standards Agency, said: “Working in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council we are dedicated to encouraging conversations between food businesses and their customers across the Caerphilly borough and wider country. Together we want to help young people living with food allergies be confident that the food they are served is safe to consume every time. Our easy to ASK campaign aims to empower customers, whether they live with a food allergy or not, to speak up and help keep those at risk safe.”

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