TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) is working with the Canadian distributor of EpiPen
auto-injectors to better serve the estimated 1.3 million Canadians with
food allergies when they dine at restaurants.
Safely managing food allergies in restaurants is becoming increasingly
important as more Canadians are experiencing anaphylaxis, the most
serious type of allergic reaction that can cause death - sometimes with
just trace amounts of the offending food. The new partnership will
allow CRFA to provide restaurant-specific food allergy resources to its
"Providing a safe environment for customers is a top priority for every
restaurant owner. With the help of EpiPen, we're giving CRFA members
comprehensive information to reduce the risk of allergic reactions in
their establishments," said Garth Whyte, President and CEO of CRFA.
"We are very pleased to partner with the Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association to raise awareness of managing food allergies
within Canada's foodservice industry," said Allen Van der Wee, General
Manager, Primary Care Business Unit at Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian
distributor of EpiPen. "With a growing number of patrons at risk of
anaphylaxis due to food allergies, this partnership presents the
opportunity for us to collaborate on educational tools and programs
that will help both patrons and restaurants."
CRFA and EpiPen, the leading anaphylaxis treatment, have worked together
to produce an easy-to-use guide and reference poster, developed with
the subject experts at Anaphylaxis Canada. The guide covers scenarios
in the restaurant industry and explains what restaurants can do to
avoid incidents in their establishments.
The guide and poster will be distributed in English and French to CRFA's
members across Canada. An online version of the guide will be available
on CRFA's online resource centre, RestaurantCentral.ca.
The makers of EpiPen and CRFA will also host an educational seminar at
the CRFA Show - Canada's leading foodservice and hospitality event - to
help restaurateurs learn about food allergies and reducing the risk of
severe allergic reaction for customers. The show will be held March 3-5
at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $65-billion restaurant
industry employs more than 1.1 million people in communities across the
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist. 416-649-4254 or 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org