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The FARE National Food Allergy Conference will be held May 16-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in Long Beach, CA, gathering the country’s leading food allergy experts and members of the food allergy community together for a weekend of world-class programming. Register now!
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Sunday, May 17 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Food Allergies and Restaurants: Knowledge and Practices of Managers and Staff

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Dining outside of the home can be difficult for individuals with food allergies, as they must rely on restaurant staff to properly prepare their allergen-free meal. Food allergies are a growing public health concern, yet restaurants differ in their food allergen knowledge and practices, indicating gaps in education and training. This session will present the findings from a recent CDC study, and is aimed at educating restaurant patrons on the food allergen knowledge and practices of managers and staff. For example, do managers know what to do if a customer is having a bad food allergic reaction? How are food workers told that there is an order for a food allergic customer? Have servers received any training on food allergies? Attendees will leave the presentation armed with information that they can apply at their next restaurant visit to ensure a safer dining experience.

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Laura Brown

Dr. Laura Green Brown has been with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Health Services Branch since 2002. She is a behavioral scientist, and is responsible for the design and implementation of restaurant food safety studies and the analysis and dissemination of data from those studies.
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Taylor Radke

Taylor Radke is currently a Behavioral Science Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She joined CDC's food safety team in October 2014, and has primarily focused on the analysis and interpretation of the data from food safety studies.

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Regency DEFH

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