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Washington, D.C. -- The National Restaurant Association and Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert have formed a collaboration to promote the Food Allergy Buddy (FAB) Dining Card program.
The foodservice trade group said the FAB Dining Card is a unique public service tool for consumers to easily communicate any specific food allergies to restaurant staff and chefs, when dining in one of the nation's 900,000 restaurants.
Lempert, who created the concept for the Food Allergy Buddy Dining Card, said, "The National Restaurant Association has long been recognized for its efforts in food safety and food allergy training and education within the industry, and this collaboration
builds upon the success of those existing programs and initiatives."
"The restaurant industry has long been committed to providing consumers with options when dining out at their favorite restaurants," said Steven C. Anderson, NRA's president and c.e.o. "Whether it is to customize menu items or alter food preparation methods, restaurants regularly accommodate customers to meet their lifestyles, tastes and health restrictions, including food allergies. We are pleased to join with Phil Lempert in promoting this unique service for the more than 11 million Americans who suffer from food allergies, and we look forward to working with him in educating consumers about this service to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable dining experience."
The FAB Dining Card is available for free online by visiting http://www.foodallergybuddy.com. Consumers can create personalized ingredient cards detailing specific ingredients or foods to which they are allergic. The NRA is also encouraging restaurant operators to review the FAB Web site and post a link to foodallergybuddy.com on their Web sites.