Allergy UK stop on ‘Taste for Yourself’ Tour
As the LACA NSMW ‘Taste for Yourself’ tour reached the middle of the week, the team headed south to the suburbs of London to deliver another important message for education caterers.
The visit to the Allergy UK Headquarters at Planwell House in LEFA Business Park, Edginton Way, Sidcup, DA14 5BH in the LACA London region, at 08.30 on Wednesday 13thNovember was a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of catering for allergens. Earlier this year, the Government released an important consultation on allergens which LACA responded to on behalf of our members. We have also set up our own working group on allergen awareness and training that is led by our National Chair, Stephen Forster. Increasing awareness of allergens is one of his three priorities this year as National Chair, as well as tackling childhood obesity and expanding Universal Infant Free School Meals.
LACA National Chair Stephen Forster said: –
“In my role as National Chair of LACA, I am delighted that the National Schools Meals Week Taste for Yourself Roadshow has visited the Headquarters of Allergy UK in London. Raising the awareness about allergens is one of my key priorities as National Chair and we need to ensure that the school food sector is at the forefront of the food and drinks industry on this issue. I am proud to Chair LACA’s Working Group on Allergens and I would encourage all members to engage with the group. Food allergy rates amongst children are on the rise and it is therefore vital that LACA are leading on this important subject.”
Pat Lomotey, LACA London Committee member welcomed everyone and said “It’s great to be here at the headquarters of Allergy UK and show that we working hard with schools to provide healthy food for those pupils with allergies”
CEO of Allergy UK, Carla Jones added, “It is very important that school provide nourishing meals to children with allergies. 1 in 5 children in schools are living with allergic disease and food allergies. It is essential that those children are able to live without fear of allergic reaction”
Conservative PPC for Old Bexley and Sidcup James Brokenshire said in conclusion: “We are here promoting good awareness of school food in general, but also a good understanding of allergies, the needs of kids and how we prepare our food with that firmly in mind.”