Allergic reactions reported
The City of Karratha is urging hospitality businesses to be more careful of possible allergy-triggering foods these holidays after two allergic reactions at two different venues last month.
A local cafe and a restaurant each had customers suffer allergic reactions because they had not provided accurate information about the food on offer.
Both businesses have been investigated by the City’s Environmental Health Service and reported to the Department of Health. They have changed their menus and business practices since. The City is not pursuing further action at this time.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said businesses should be vigilant because when it came to food allergies, small oversights could have drastic consequences.
“When someone has a severe allergy, eating the smallest amount of food can be life-threatening,” he said.
“Owners of food businesses have a legal responsibility to know and declare what is in their food.
“We’re asking businesses who declare that their products are free from certain foods to be clear and accurate in their messaging.”
The City offers online food safety training and issued to hospitality businesses more information about how to avoid triggering food allergies with business renewal registration several weeks ago.
The main advice is for business owners to declare possible allergens on food packaging, clean work areas thoroughly and avoid cross-contamination.