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The importance of developing and implementing a food allergen management plan in food service facilities at colleges and universities cannot be understated.
FORT COLLINS, CO, August 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As college and university students head back to school, those with special dietary needs are gaining new options as schools nationwide are making a concerted effort to certify their food service staff in the area of allergy training.
MenuTrinfo is working with higher learning institutions through its AllerTrain U certification and training course to better accommodate students with food allergies and celiac disease. The training is designed to provide a clear understanding of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities to food service staff, with additional best practices for food allergen and gluten-free food service management.
To date, MenuTrinfo has provided training to foodservice staff at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Providence College, University of Virginia, Kansas University and Colorado State University, among many other regional and national schools.
"This training helps to ensure the health and safety of incoming college freshmen and other university students who have special dietary needs due to allergies and intolerances," said Betsy Craig, MenuTrinfo founder and CEO. "Colleges and universities that make this commitment have come to realize the importance of this training and certification. Not only does it better serve students, it also gives parents peace of mind because they know these schools are looking out for their children."
AllerTrain U is also part of a comprehensive program delivered by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the nation's leading nonprofit dedicated to food allergy, through the FARE College Food Allergy Program. The program, launched in early 2014, is designed to improve the safety and quality of life for college students with food allergies.
"The importance of developing and implementing a food allergen management plan in food service facilities at colleges and universities cannot be understated. We are proud to partner with MenuTrinfo and together tackle this issue through the newly launched FARE College Food Allergy Program," said Michael Spigler, vice president of education at FARE. "The dramatic rise in the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. illustrates the need for widespread adoption of college food allergy management policies as these children grow to college age."
AllerTrain U certification courses are offered year-round. Visit www.menutrinfo.com for more information or to schedule a class.
MenuTrinfo is dedicated to helping foodservice operators protect the lives and health of their customers by meeting or exceeding new nutritional labeling regulations as required by law and by partnering with restaurants to provide safe products and procedures that meet a wide range of dietary restrictions. MenuTrinfo's complete suite of services include menu analysis and AllerChef and AllerTrain certification and training in the areas of gluten-free menus, specialty menu development, nutritional counseling and policy development. Its nutritional analysis is the only full-service solution for nutritional labeling that is insured and based on an FDA-approved process. MenuTrinfo clients cover the spectrum of food service, from large universities to restaurants and catering operations.
For more information, go to www.menutrinfo.com or find us on Twitter @MenuTrinfo, Facebook or call (888) 767-MENU (6368).
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. - or roughly two in every classroom. FARE's mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals safe and included. We do this by investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.
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