Last reviewed 25 February 2021

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign advising young adults to speak up about their food allergies every time they order a takeaway.

Research shows that children and young people are at a higher risk of experiencing food allergy reactions and, while many are confident about managing their food allergy in general, they are less likely to mention it to a café or restaurant, particularly if they have eaten a meal from the same place before.

FSA Director of Policy, Rebecca Sudworth, said: “With eating-in being the new eating out, it is vital that young people with food allergies, and their friends, remember to speak to the restaurant every time they make an order. Even if it’s a meal they’ve eaten before, because ingredients, recipes and staff can change”.

The FSA is also advising young people not to rely solely on allergen information provided online or through in-app messaging services.

Instead, they should call the food business directly to make sure their food allergy is fully understood by the person taking the order.

The Agency is working with influencers across Instagram and TikTok who will promote #SpeakUpForAllergies to their followers. The campaign also has support from delivery platforms such as Just Eat and Uber Eats.

More information on the campaign, together with advice for teenagers and young adults with a food allergy, can be found on the FSA website.