Learn how to Handle Food Allergies - What are some tips for allergen-free grocery shopping?
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Bob Gravani: Hi my name is Bob Gravani and I am a professor of Food Science in Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. My area of interest is food safety and recently we have conducted a survey of severely food allergic consumers to find out how they manage their food allergies. Today we're going to talk about food preparation skills in cross contact and try to provide some information to you to help you do a better job of protecting yourself and your family against food allergens. Host: What are some tips for allergen free grocery shopping? Bob Gravani: Allergen free grocery shopping is somewhat difficult. Even though food labels have become increasingly more clear about what types of food allergens might be present in them, but working with people in the super market in various fresh prepared departments to alert them to specific food allergies is really the first step. The second step is becoming very active and avid label reader and trying to look at each food package and determine whether the specific offending protein might or might not be present in that specific product is very, very important in preventing allergic reactions from occurring.