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Binky stands outside the Chickin Lickin' Restaurant.
Stay safe in a restaurant.

When someone else is making food for your child, take extra precautions.

  • If you can, call ahead and talk to the manager to make sure they understand how to accommodate people with peanut allergies.
  • State your child's food allergies to the restaurant staff as soon as you arrive.
  • Accidental exposures commonly occur in desserts, buffets, and salad bars, where it's easy for foods to touch other foods with peanuts.
  • Cross-contact in the kitchen with peanut products commonly occurs with contaminated cooking utensils, pots and pans, food preparation surfaces, and hands. Restaurant staff needs to take special care in preparing your child's order.
  • Because certain kinds of cooking (such as Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and some others) often use peanut products, it may be easier just to avoid those restaurants.
  • Always ask your server about ingredients in food and how it was prepared. If they don't know or aren't sure, ask to speak with a manager or the chef.
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