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Old July 26th, 2016, 08:15 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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My child and I are planning to travel very soon to Germany. We need to avoid eggs and nuts and peanuts.

Do you know if the restaurants there are aware of allergies?

Any food suggestions to pack while travelling on the plane and while we are there?

Thank you,

Christina
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Old July 27th, 2016, 04:45 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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My child and I are planning to travel very soon to Germany.
We need to avoid eggs and nuts and peanuts.
Do you know if the restaurants there are aware of allergies?


In large cities you won't have a problem (and you will be able
buy specialist foods from shops if you need them). Small towns
and villages are more of a lottery.

It will help a lot if you can talk about the problem in German.

Packaged foods in the EU will usually be labelled in several languages
with the officially defined high-risk allergens boldfaced.

https://www.fsai.ie/legislation/food...allergens.html

Any food suggestions to pack while travelling on the plan
and while we are there?


Any transatlantic flight should offer a range of dietary options.

That particular bunch of allergies isn't one of the harder ones
to manage. Dairy anaphylaxis is really difficult.

If you shop in places intended for Eastern Europeans there is a good
chance that the ingredients lists on the packaging will not be in
any language you can understand. This happens in Polish food shops
in the UK too. Even large transnational companies adopt a policy of
labelling food in only Western European or only Eastern European
languages, never a mix of the two. This is a bloody nuisance because
often the stuff available in Polish shops has a more limited range of
ingredients and would actually be a good option for people with food
allergies, if only they had a way of knowing what they were getting.

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Old July 27th, 2016, 04:53 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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On 7/27/2016 11:45 AM, Jack Campin wrote:

If you shop in places intended for Eastern Europeans there is a good
chance that the ingredients lists on the packaging will not be in
any language you can understand. This happens in Polish food shops
in the UK too. Even large transnational companies adopt a policy of
labelling food in only Western European or only Eastern European
languages, never a mix of the two. This is a bloody nuisance because
often the stuff available in Polish shops has a more limited range of
ingredients and would actually be a good option for people with food
allergies, if only they had a way of knowing what they were getting.

I've found a smartphone very handy in Polish food shops - the staff know
only the Polish names, I know the English ones. Use the online
translator of your choice. (Now I can buy whole-grain rye flour!)

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Old July 27th, 2016, 05:54 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Default Travel with allergy in Europe


"Jack Campin" wrote in message
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My child and I are planning to travel very soon to Germany.
We need to avoid eggs and nuts and peanuts.
Do you know if the restaurants there are aware of allergies?


In large cities you won't have a problem (and you will be able
buy specialist foods from shops if you need them). Small towns
and villages are more of a lottery.

It will help a lot if you can talk about the problem in German.

Packaged foods in the EU will usually be labelled in several languages


though not necessarily in English

just in the 6 languages that the pack is designed to be sold in

tim



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Old July 28th, 2016, 02:57 AM posted to rec.travel.europe
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On 07-27-2016 11:54, tim... wrote:
"Jack Campin" wrote in message
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My child and I are planning to travel very soon to Germany.
We need to avoid eggs and nuts and peanuts.
Do you know if the restaurants there are aware of allergies?


In large cities you won't have a problem (and you will be able
buy specialist foods from shops if you need them). Small towns
and villages are more of a lottery.

It will help a lot if you can talk about the problem in German.

Packaged foods in the EU will usually be labelled in several languages


though not necessarily in English


Man doing crossword puzzle: "Only speaks one language"

Wife: "Monolingual"

Man: "M O N O ... no, too many letters"

Wife: "American"


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Old July 28th, 2016, 05:18 AM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Wes Groleau:
Man doing crossword puzzle: "Only speaks one language"

Wife: "Monolingual"

Man: "M O N O ... no, too many letters"

Wife: "American"


Man: "Still too many."

Wife: "English".

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Old July 29th, 2016, 04:44 AM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Hello,

Thank you for all the informative replies!

Are you familiar with any specific stores or restaurants in Munich that would cater to food allergies?

Thank you,

Christina
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:58 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Are you familiar with any specific stores or restaurants in
Munich that would cater to food allergies?


The "dm" chain of shops is a good place to buy specialist foods,
in Germany and neighbouring countries (I've just come back from
Croatia, and there were at least two branches in Rijeka alone).

But if the problems are just with nuts and eggs, you shouldn't
need to buy any special "free from" products.

I'm forwarding your question to someone in Munich who has similar
problems and has been dealing with them for years.

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Old July 29th, 2016, 05:44 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Are you familiar with any specific stores or restaurants in
Munich that would cater to food allergies?

if the problems are just with nuts and eggs, you shouldn't
need to buy any special "free from" products.

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Easingwold caused the death
of a customer by substituting ground peanuts for ground almonds.
This was after he almost killed another customer and had been
warned by trading standards. The owner is now serving a six year
prison sentence.


Indian restaurants are not common in Munich.

My wife (who is severely wheat- and dairy-intolerant) survived
a night out at a Georgian restaurant there, and Georgian food
is not all that intolerance-friendly (it tends to be made of
visually unanalyzable brown stodge). So their information was
ok. She wasn't very impressed with what it tasted like, though.

Turkish food is a good bet since eggs will be easily identifiable
(except for glazes on some kinds of bread - you're probably used
to spotting that), and nuts will only occur in sweet dishes.

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