Restaurants lose out on sales to those with allergies

Last week I brought my children to play in the fountains on Main Street Elk River and explore the area. We saw people walking with ice cream cones and I decided we needed ice cream. My 6-year-old has a severe egg allergy and I told her and my 3-year-old son we would have to check and see if the ice cream was egg-free and if not, we would go to Dairy Queen on our way back home.

At the first place we went to, they did not have ingredient or allergy information available. Even after having the clerk call the owner, we could not get the information so we had to move on.

At the next place we visited, the clerk asked the owner if they had allergy information for their ice cream and he told her to tell me all the ice cream had eggs without ever looking because he was too busy to check.

Most ice creams do not have eggs, so if either place would have had the information that is on all the food that comes through their doors as required by law, my kids could have enjoyed the ice cream. Instead we had to leave, disappointed, and go somewhere else.

When are restaurants going to figure out that people with allergies would like to eat out as well and if the owners and managers did something as simple as keep the labels from the boxes of food that they buy, no one would ever have to walk out frustrated again. — Nicole Kuchera, Big Lake

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