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Hantering av allergianpassad kost i restauranger: En studie om kunskapsläget hos restaurangägare i centrala Jönköping
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Since many of today’s restaurant visitors have dietary issues the purpose of this study was to investigate the state of knowledge in restaurants when concerning food allergy. Nearly a quarter of Swedes between 20 and 44 mean that they suffer from food allergy or food intolerance. Swedish laws are very specific regarding the labeling of foods containing an allergenic substance sold in the markets, but there is a lack of knowledge about how these laws affect the food when served in a restaurant. The method used was structured qualitative interviews with 14 randomly selected respondents in Jönköping. The state of knowledge amongst the interviewees was estimated subsequently. The questions regarded for example methods used for cooking allergy safe meals, if disclaimers regarding allergens are used in menus and whether staff has received any education in food safety. The results show that the overall knowledge level was high but that methods used to prepare meals where insufficient in some cases. All restaurants pointed out the importance of keeping a dialogue with allergic guests. Staff education was provided to a relatively poor extent. The report concludes that even though some methods for ensuring allergy safe meals were deficient, a high level of interest and knowledge regarding food allergy and intolerance was expressed. The study also shows that a very few of the waiters get education in food safety routines while most of the chiefs and kitchen staff did. The routines of serving food for allergic people were satisfactory in all cases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Food allergy, intolerance, state of knowledge in restaurants
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-75788OAI: diva2:635326
External cooperation
Jönköpings kommun
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2013-07-03Bibliographically approved

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