FSS launch new campaign to encourage young people to talk about food allergies

03 March 2020

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new campaign in partnership with Allergy UK and Young Scot, which aims to encourage young people to talk about their food allergies and ensure the food they choose is safe.

The key points of the campaign are: 

  • to encourage young people across Scotland to make others aware of their food allergies 
  • to check food labels and menus when they are eating out 
  • to remind young people to take their allergy pen with them, if needed

The campaign follows a survey from FSS, which found that 44% of young people with a food allergy would not always mention it to the person they are buying food from in a restaurant or café. The survey further suggests that 12-18-year-olds do not always tell the person they are buying food from about an allergy, either because they do not want to make a fuss, do not think it is important to tell staff or they are too embarrassed to say.

Source: FSS, 27 February 2020