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Allergy and Anaphylaxis Industry Statements 2016

allergy&anaphylaxislogoThe following communications from the Australian Camps Association on allergy management in camp facilities are supported by Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia, https://www.allergyfacts.org.au/, Australia’s peak patient support organisation.

1. Food requirements and food preferences

Please feel free to adapt this statement as a template for your own facility.

(insert camp name)

(We) recognise that camp guests may suffer from conditions (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) such as anaphylaxis, coeliac disease, gluten or lactose intolerances, etc which can place their health or wellbeing at risk if exposed to the relevant allergen / foodstuff.

We also recognise that a guest’s diet may be influenced by other factors such as faith or ethical beliefs.

(We) acknowledge that not adhering strictly to such food requirements can, in certain circumstances, be life threatening.

(We) support participation in healthy camp experiences for people from all backgrounds through the provision of suitable menus and program design, provided that we receive complete and timely (no less than ten working days) information prior to the guest’s arrival. (We) reserve the right to refuse service to those guests with previously diagnosed conditions that do not provide us with adequate information to ensure that we can be suitably prepared.

Participants that have a food (or insect) allergy should also draw this to the attention of camp staff in person immediately upon arrival – even if a registration form detailing their allergy has been submitted – and not assume that protocols to reduce risk of allergic reactions are in place.

(We) further recognise also that some guests may have food preferences, exposure to which may not necessarily result in damage to that person’s health or wellbeing if not met.  In these instances, our catering staff will do whatever is reasonably practical to meet each guest’s identified food preference; however, there will be times when some cannot be met.

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2. Food allergy statement

Please feel free to adapt this statement as a template for your own facility.

(insert camp name)

(We) cannot guarantee that our venue is 100% nut free.

(We) try to minimise nuts in the foods we provide, however, (we) cannot guarantee that all of our food will always be nut free.

Our menu is free of obvious peanuts, tree nuts or nut derivative products, but this does not include foods labelled as ‘may contain traces of nuts’ for example.

(We) strongly discourage groups, staff and students from bringing nuts and foods containing peanuts and tree nuts to camp.
(We) work with guests or their parents / guardians to ensure that the menu is suitable. This might include bringing suitably packaged and labelled food from home which will be stored and served appropriately.

If you or your child have a severe food allergy please contact our catering staff, no later than 10 working days prior to arrival at camp.

Participants that have a food (or insect) allergy should also draw this to the attention of camp staff in person immediately upon arrival – even if a registration form detailing their allergy has been submitted – and not assume that protocols to reduce risk of allergic reactions are in place.

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