Cafeterias Should Display Food Allergy Info
At the University of Tampa students have a large variety of dining options. There is the cafeteria, Spartan Club and Stadium Center, all of which provide an assortment of places to eat. Elaina states, "I feel that in buffet style dining, such as the Sodexo cafeteria, nutrition and allergen information for the dishes being served should be clearly displayed either in front of the cafeteria or at each respective line."
Update December 10, 2012:
I later interviewed Aramark, a competitor of Sodexo. Aramark provides food service and managed services to large corporations, hospitals, and universities. Here was there corporate statement:
"Our staff does receive training to great greater understanding about food allergies and the proper ways to prep and prepare meals in order to mitigate the risk of cross contamination. Many of our recipes are standardized and our chefs/cooks should be able to tell each customer what ingredients are included in each dish. We believe that each client location has its own special situation and needs therefore our approach is a bit less prescriptive than possibly what one may find at a chain restaurant where you can find the same menu and standardized food offering at every location. Some of our locations have separate stations to address the needs of, for example, people like me with Celiac Disease. Many of our higher education accounts are using symbols on their menu boards to denote common ingredients that could trigger allergies – e.g. soy, milk, wheat, peanuts, etc. – and I know from a recent tour of the facilities at one of our healthcare accounts that our kitchen and serving staffs there are diligent in ensuring proper prep and serving of meals to ensure are linked to the patient’s medical history and doctors’ orders.
This is the company’s official position on food allergies.http://www.aramark.com/AboutARAMARK/ARAMARKOn/FoodAllergies.aspx"
Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications
The funny thing about this comment, is the usual- what they see and what an actual consumer sees is two entirely different things. I have eaten at Aramark facilities on a regular basis- in several different settings from the hospital to the ballpark to major corporations- every experience is different. There staff is always super friendly but if they are busy, the last thing they are going to do is get someone to provide help with food allergen information. I don't understand why they don't want to make it easy.