On The Menu (www.otmenu.com), a food manufacturer and restaurant consulting firm, announced today the launch of TAG—Tracking Allergens & Gluten™. The proprietary web-based system identifies allergens and gluten in menu items and helps restaurants better serve guests with food sensitivities.
With the growing number of food allergies and sensitivities, the demand for restaurants to accommodate these dietary needs is on the rise. The TAG Dining System™ guides restaurants through every step of the process that will safely meet their customers’ food allergy needs. The restaurant menu analysis created by the TAG Dining System™ tracks gluten and the top eight allergens including peanuts, milk, soy, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The program also tracks ten common food sensitivities.
“Our goal was to create a comprehensive system for restaurants to handle the tracking, preparation and serving of allergy- and gluten-free foods,” says Rebekah Spetnagel, MSS, RD, and On The Menu co-founder. She continues, “The menu analysis created by our software greatly reduces the chance of human error which occurs with spreadsheet tracking. It takes into account the cross-contact of allergens and gluten throughout the restaurant and it comes with a thorough training guide.”
The TAG Dining System™ meets regulations in both the United States and Canada. If a customer has an allergy or sensitivity that is not identified through the menu analysis, the program will generate an ingredient statement. This gives the customer and restaurant staff the necessary information to check if the menu item is free of allergens. The program can also indicate cross contact in meal preparation, which is often where a food allergy is introduced.
In addition to providing the restaurant menu analysis, the TAG Dining System™ also contains a training component. The training guide provides restaurants with everything they need to know to instruct their staff in proper preparation and serving techniques, including allergen and gluten facts, employee roles and procedures, cross-contact training, crisis management and in-house training materials.
To learn more about the TAG Dining System™ visit: www.otmenu.com/index.php/restaurants/gluten_allergen_consulting.
On The Menu (www.otmenu.com) provides consulting services to restaurants and food manufacturers including nutrition analysis, menu labeling, nutrition facts food labels, allergen and gluten identification, and nutrition marketing. Founders Rebekah Spetnagel, MS, RD, and Julie Bush, MBA have assisted restaurants with allergen identification and creating gluten-free meals since On The Menu was established in 2004. For more information, please email On The Menu at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 303-757-1333 or follow their tweets at https://twitter.com/OTMenu.