Over the years, we have had many cases of people who ate out in restaurants with a child who had a food allergy. The manager and staff ensured that everything was thoroughly cleaned and safe for consumption. However, their child ended up having an allergic reaction to the food.
Most people don't realize the vast difference between cleaning versus sterilizing and that sterilizing is crucial for anyone with severe allergies. A common allergy myth is that people think that soap and water are enough to prevent cross-contamination. While soap, water, and paper towels are enough to keep your hands clean from allergens, it is not enough for counters, utensils, pots, and pans.
Cleaning is when you remove all visible dirt or filth from a surface. According to many studies, cleaning only kills 86% of allergens on surfaces. While you might think that is enough, many people can still suffer an anaphylaxis allergic reaction from that small percentage of allergens.
Sterilizing is eliminating traces of invisible proteins and oils that contain allergens from surfaces. Many allergens are naked to the eye and are on a micro-level. Therefore, sanitizing is essential to prevent someone from experiencing an allergic reaction. Most people don't know how to sanitize things properly, and this can be very dangerous.
People familiar with allergies or have a child with food allergies don't allow the allergen in the kitchen. In this case, when you know that the allergen has never been in the kitchen, then cleaning is perfectly safe. However, most restaurants and hotels have many allergens in the kitchen, and they don't know how to make the environment safe for someone with allergies properly.
Here at Food Allergy Concierge, our staff is exceptionally well trained in sterilizing kitchens and all the utensils for cooking. One of our services is in-person sterilization of workspace and food prep supervision. If not served in person, food is wrapped, labeled, and instructions are provided to the staff and/or family to avoid cross-contact and assure the child/ren gets their allergy-free meal. Another excellent service we have is 24/7 service to supervise all food production in person at any location throughout the day, including hotels, restaurants, caterers, and snack supervision.
With our help, you will be able to go to restaurants, hotels, and trips without worrying about your child's safety!
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA
My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.