In this video cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses how cruise ship passengers are sometimes injured when consuming food aboard cruise ships. Cruise companies have not done enough to train their staff about the varieties of food allergies that travelers may have, and how to properly handle food so as to avoid exposing guests to these allergens.
- Some of the major classifications of food allergies include:
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Fish and shellfish
Food allergies are far more serious than food intolerance. While intolerance may cause a person relatively mild discomfort, food allergies can cause sufferers to go into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock can cause a relatively rapid swelling of the throat area which can result in significant injury or even death.
Cruise companies should do more to help their guests avoid consuming foods to which they are allergic. Some steps they can take include:
- Training crew members
- Advising passengers about foods which contain potential allergens
- Avoiding contact between servers and travelers and the foods which could cause allergic reactions