Allergy Awareness in Restaurants
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If businesses have to post the amount of calories in food for everyone to see, why can they not post the main common allergens like soy and shellfish. Some businesses will disclose this information to their consumers on their websites or if you go to the place and talk to the manager, but it is still not easily accessed by the public.
I have many non-life threatening allergies including: soy, mono-sodium glutamate (MSG), shellfish, and potassium sorbate. My family and I can only go to a few restaurants, like Chipotle, without having to take thirty minutes to talk to the manager or having to do research on what will cause a reaction.
Some people will go into anaphylactic shock when exposed to their allergen. I am lucky to not have that bad of a problem, but I know people who do. Approximately two hundred people this year will die from food allergy-induced anaphylactic shock in the United States alone. Over one hundred thousand people in the world will die from accidental exposure, largely due to food in restaurants that has become contaminated with one of the common allergens that plagues the population. These consumers should have the right to be able to eat out like a normal person without fearing for their safety or lives.