Al­ler­gic re­ac­tions re­ported

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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