Eating safely when you're out

To safely eat at restaurants or in someone else's home:

  • Do your research. Ask your host or check restaurant menus online ahead of time to see if they offer allergen-free foods. You can also call ahead and ask if they're willing to prepare dishes differently to accommodate food allergies. Just remember that even if they are, cross-contamination is still possible.
  • Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask restaurant staff how the food is prepared or to ask for a list of ingredients. It's best to speak with the people who will actually be cooking the food.
  • Carry medication. Always carry medication, such as epinephrine, in case there's an emergency.
  • Avoid risky food choices. Avoid eating at buffets, bakeries and potlucks or other parties with many homemade dishes.
March 04, 2014 See more In-depth