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Have Food Allergies? 6 Tips for Ordering in Restaurants

Allergen Alert!

Whether they're having fast food at lunch or a dinner with friends, most people enjoy eating out at restaurants. But if you have a food allergy, you have to be extra careful. Some allergic reactions to food can be serious, even life-threatening. Unfortunately, some restaurant employees are not properly trained to provide allergy-safe meals. "Hidden ingredients" are another common cause of food-allergic reactions in restaurants. So what are some things you can do to have a safer dining experience at a restaurant? Get some tips on restaurant survival.

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