Food For Thought Customers,
Please read ALL the information located on this page if you or your child have concerns with allergens in our meals. To find specific allergen information on each meal, please click on the meal then click on the allergen tab at the top of the pop up. If you have nothing pop up, then perhaps you have blocked pop ups and that would need to be unblocked to view the information. Please read the Disclaimer Below.
Food Allergy Disclaimer Dated February 5, 2016
Food For Thought Catering makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies. In addition, we label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk.
Please be aware that our facility prepares foods and uses ingredients in our products that contain allergens to some people. If you have a child that is at risk for food allergies, you need to possibly look elsewhere for meals or pack lunch for your child. By purchasing lunches through Food For Thought Catering, you agree to assume all risk associated with your child’s food allergies. Children should not be allowed to make selection on their own. Due to the nature of lunch distribution at the school, there is the possibility of your child being handed the wrong lunch by the volunteer. Though it so rarely happens, it needs to be noted and by purchasing meals from Food For Thought you assume the possible risk.
Special Diets Policy
It is not possible for our kitchen to provide specific menu items for special diets.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
It is important to know the difference between food allergies and food intolerances:
Food Allergies involve the immune system. A protein within a food, known as the allergen, triggers a reaction from the immune system. The body tries to protect itself from the allergen by producing antibodies. These antibodies cause the body to release chemicals, which produces an allergic reaction. Food allergies are severe, yet rare. Only 2% of the population has a food allergy.
An allergic reaction can occur immediately or up to two hours after eating the food. As the food enters the mouth, it can trigger a tingling sensation in the mouth and possibly, a swelling of the tongue and throat. Then, as the offending food enters the stomach, it can cause cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting. When the allergen enters the bloodstream, it can cause a drop in blood pressure, hives, or asthma. Anaphylaxis, a sudden drop in blood pressure, is life threatening. If you experience these symptoms after eating a certain food, it might be possible that you are suffering from a food allergy or intolerance. Seek immediate medical assistance.
Food Intolerances do not involve the immune system, but instead result from a digestive system response. A food intolerance is a metabolic disorder. A natural substance in foods, known as histamine, can sometimes cause a reaction similar to an allergic reaction. Lactose intolerance is one of the most prevalent food intolerances, affecting at least one out of ten people.