Food allergy and celiac guide to dining out

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CHICAGO, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A "Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport" is part of the U.S. "Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" guide for those with food allergies.

The pocket-sized guide empowers travelers with food allergies, such as celiac -- an auto-immune disorder reflected in a permanent intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley -- and those following specialized diets to safely eat outside the home.

The "passport" includes more than 1,200 food allergen phrases about corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat to confidently travel in foreign-language-speaking countries.

These considerations outline ingredients, food preparation techniques, dining requests, breakfast dishes and health statements. Each phrase has been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish by a professional translation service and validated by native speakers to ensure accuracy and contemporary cultural idioms.

The nearly 500-page full-color book is co-authored by Kim Koeller and Robert La France, who collectively have traveled more than 2 million miles and dined in more than 30 countries on four continents.

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