Did you know that one in ten infants born in Australia will develop a food allergy? With numbers as high as this, it is important that everyone is aware that food allergies are a serious situation.
This week in May, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is putting the word out! Find out what you need to know about Food allergies and how to show you care.
The Ins and Outs of a Food Allergy
The important thing to understand about people with food allergies is that they are not picky eaters! Eating certain types of food can actually cause them great harm. So what is really happening inside? When an individual with a food allergy has a reaction, the immune systems mistakes a food protein for a harmful substance.
Signs of an allergic reaction can include swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness and abdominal pain. Severe reactions can also cause anaphylaxis, where the respiratory and/or the cardiovascular system are severely compromised. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and must be treated with urgent medical attention.
3 Steps to Food Allergy Management
Bite Me takes food allergy seriously to ensure that we can be as safe as possible, but we need your help. Step 1 is always to tell us! Every one of our trailers is equip with a list of our mini donut ingredients so that you can see for yourself what you can and can’t eat.
The next step is up to us to keep our products clean from cross-contamination. This is a problem for home BBQs which are easily at risk for cross-contamination. At Bite Me we don’t cook anything other than our fresh mini donuts in our donut machine. This ensures every batch is exactly the same.
The last step is to create awareness! Get on to social media and tell your friends and family that food allergies are common and can be avoided. The more people understand and carry out strategies to prevent reactions to food, the safer we can be to that one in ten of us that could have the condition.
So visit our Bite Me Foods Facebook page and post about Food Allergy Week today!