Traveling has its own inherent gastrointestinal risks for a healthy person. But when you factor a food allergy or intolerance into the mix, it can become downright dangerous. One way to lower the risk is GlutenFreePassport.com, whose webmaster recently visited Indianapolis as part of the Gluten Free Food Allergy Festival.
The web site offers free downloadable cards for gluten free diets in Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Food allergy cards are offered in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. In addition to this, an app is available from the Apple and Google Play stores.
In addition, a paperback and e-book, Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport, exists for English, French, German, Italian & Spanish translations.
Phrases for the gluten free cards include "I cannot eat the smallest amount of gluten which is wheat, rye or barley," "I am allergic/intolerant/hypersensitive to gluten/wheat/wheat flour/breading/bread crumbs/pasta/soy sauce," "I cannot eat these foods because I will become ill," "Is this food dusted with wheat flour prior to cooking?", "Is this food fried in the same fryer as items fried with breading?", "I have a condition called celiac/coeliac disease," and "Thank you for your help."
Phrases for the food allergy cards are "I need to special order my meal due to my food allergies", "I am allergic/intolerant/hypersensitive to corn/dairy/eggs/fish/gluten/milk/nuts/peanuts/shellfish/soy/wheat," "I cannot eat these foods because I will become ill", "I have/am experiencing an emergency/anaphylactic shock/an allergic reaction/food allergies/celiac/coeliac disease/lactose intolerance," and "Thank you for your help."