Life Threatening Food Allergies
(Mississauga, ON, Canada)
We are planning a family vacation next summer to Sao Miguel my birthplace. Our son has life threatening food allergies to peanuts, nuts and shellfish and carries epipens. I can speak some Portuguese but am concenred with how familiar restaurants and people in general are with this type of severe allergy. Do you think that restaurants will be able to accommodate this and understand the risks of cross-contamination? Will I have any trouble with food labels in grocery stores?
Also we are thinking 1 week on Sao Miguel then 3-4 days on Pico with a day trip to Faial. Does this sound reasonable? I have not been back in 20 years and this will be my families first time. 2 boys ages 13 and 15.
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Severe Food Allergies
It's wonderful that you are going back. It should be a great trip.
I am very hesitant to give an opinion on this as I am quite ignorant about this subject. I have not experienced your concern.
My feeling is that many restaurants will understand and accommodate. Perhaps you need to write a note in Portuguese as well, just in case.
Again, not having paid attention, I believe there is good labeling on the products in the grocery stores. Especially since they are a part of the European Union.
I am hoping that a more informed reader will comment.
Your travel plans sound very reasonable. The one concern is that there is not a major hospital on Pico.
All the best
Rob BelchiorMagical Azores Islands Home