Food allergy translation cards launched by US company
Travellers with food allergies can find it extremely difficult to find foods that are safe to eat without advanced native language skills. To circumvent these difficulties an American company has launched a series of food allergy translation cards.
Similar in idea to the Food Allergy Buddy (FAB) cards that we reported last November (news article), this card takes the idea further by producing the wallet sized, laminated cards in different languages.
Produced by SelectWisely the cards are available in several versions i.e. strongly worded (I have a life threatening allergy to...), basic (I am allergic to...), etc.
There are 15 standard languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Portuguese - Brazil, Portuguese - Continental, Chinese - Mainland China, Chinese - Hong Kong/Taiwan.
On top of that special order languages include: Romanian, Czech, Hindi, Tibetan, Hebrew, Dutch, Khmer, Vietnamese, Nepali, Arabic, Catalan and many more.
The cards cover allergies to a range of foods including wheat, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, eggs, soy etc. Customising of the cards is done when you order, allowing you to select the messages and languages required so that you can tailor them to your particular food allergies and travel plans.
The cards are available to order at www.selectwisely.com
[Editors note: so I won't have to use my not very impresssive sign language skills anymore?]