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‘Eating that meal could kill you’: when cooks don’t take food allergies seriously

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For those with severe food allergies, every meal can feel like a game of Russian roulette. But many find chefs, friends and even relations trying to trick them into eating dangerouslyBen Feltwell is allergic to eggs. Which is why, on a trip to Amsterdam six years ago, he made absolutely sure there was no egg in the pastry he ordered at a French restaurant. “I placed the order and told the waiter I was allergic,” the 31-year-old digital marketer recalls. “He went off and checked with the kitchen. He spoke with the chef and came back and said it was OK. When the meal came out I said: ‘Can you guarantee this doesn’t have egg in it?’ The waiter said: ‘Of course!’”Reassured, Feltwell bit into the pastry – and immediately had an allergic reaction. He can tell within seconds if a food item contains egg, because his lips begin to tingle. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/11/take-food-allergies-seriously-people-can-die

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Publish date : 2019-09-11 05:00:16

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