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Traveling in Israel with Food Allergies

Traveling in Israel with food allergies is challenging! Did you know that 15 million Americans have food allergies, and 1 out of 13 children have life-threatening food allergies? Whether you are allergic to nuts, sesame, chocolate, certain cooking oils or fruit, the fear of managing your allergies or having an allergic reaction abroad may hinder your travel plans to Israel. 
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Parents of children with severe food allergies are often drained after any travel, when even trace amounts of the allergen can lead to a potentially fatal reaction.  The intense monitoring required is exhausting, leading one to think... why are we on vacation?

Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine is indeed filled with high-risk allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. Sesame seeds are very popular here, found in schnitzel, techina, Humus, halva and flavorings. The popular Za’atar spice which is in many dishes, contains sesame.  Almost all chocolates in Israel have traces of nuts.  Many cakes and pies are baked with ground nuts.

So is there anything you can do? Food Allergy Concierge has food allergy specialists who are specially trained, understand your concerns and can help you, whether you plan a family trip to Israel or send away a student-child for his Gap Year.  It is important to know that unless you see food being prepared, you can never be 100% certain that there was no cross contamination.  

Here are our top 4 tips for traveling with food allergies in Israel:

  1. When you enter a restaurant or hotel dining room, alert the staff to your allergy.
  2. Translate your allergies into Hebrew. Remember that every nut has a different name, and many Israelis hear “nuts” but do not understand that almonds are also nuts! A professional allergy card is crucial!
  3. Verbally explain the importance of preventing cross contamination.
  4. Remember: There is no legal requirement for food producers in Israel to list allergens, so contacting the manufacturers is often needed.

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Food Allergy Concierge offers a wide range of services to assist families traveling with food allergies ranging from professional allergy cards to on-site monitoring of all prepared foods at hotels and restaurants ensuring your food is being prepared in a sterile, and 100% allergy-free environments – the highest level of service available to assure families.

With proper forethought and preparation people with allergies can safely travel to IsraelWe are here at your service, to assure you of a stress-free vacation in the land of milk and honey… and lots of sesame seeds!

Contact us today to set a free consultation.

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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

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

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

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!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

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.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

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

Thank You

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

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"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

Allergy Free baked goods for the lockdown

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.

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