Friday, June 10, 2011
Anonymous food at conference
I was at a gastroenterology conference last week (ESPGHAN). The information was excellent (in Sorento, Italy).
But I am very disappointed about the lack of any food descriptions. The food was anonymous. No labels, no description, no allergen declarations.
At a GI/food allergy/nutrition conference, I would have thought that people on special diets would be catered for. For example, I am Gluten Free. Morning & Afternoon teas had no GF option. Boxed breakfasts - no GF option. Lunch boxes - GF option was hard to track down (no info given about how to get this food). There was no indication about dairy/eggs/nuts in any of the food. It was definitely not a food-allergy friendly conference. Very odd. This lack of food action does not give a very good message - we should be taking food allergy/intolerance seriously, at every venue. I say: less talking and more doing.