Avoidance of known allergens is crucial in the management of anaphylaxis. Schools need to work with parents/guardians and students to minimise a student’s exposure to known allergens.
School canteens can support the school in allergy and anaphylaxis management in a number of ways which include:
- Liaising with school administration regarding appropriate risk minimisation strategies for the school canteen and supporting the school’s anaphylaxis management strategies
- Food banning is not recommended, however some school communities may choose not to stock peanut and tree nut products (including nut spreads) as one of the school’s risk minimisation strategies
- Ensuring canteen staff and volunteers are educated about food allergy and how to prevent cross contamination when preparing, storing, handling, displaying and serving food
- With permission from parents/guardians, canteen staff (including volunteers) should be informed about students at risk of anaphylaxis, preventative strategies in place and the information in their ASCIA Action Plans
- With permission from parents/guardians, school canteens may choose to display the students name, photo and the foods they are allergic to, in the canteen as a reminder to canteen staff and volunteers. Liaising with parents/guardians about safe food for the food allergic student.