ServSafe Allergens Practice Test

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When a guest puts a special order due to an allergy, they are putting their faith in you with:

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Correct answer: Their health and safety

Food allergies may range from minor to life-threatening, so it's always vital to be on the lookout for them. If a visitor develops anaphylaxis as a result of being exposed to an allergy, their life may be threatened.

The "Big Eight" allergens are significant because:

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Correct answer: They represent for 90% of all allergy responses.

The "Big 8" allergens, which comprise wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, finned fish, soy beans, milk, and eggs, account for 90% of all allergy responses.

________________ and ________________ are the most likely to develop anaphylaxis, necessitate hospitalization, and cause death.

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Correct answer: peanuts, seafood

Peanuts and shellfish are the most likely to induce anaphylaxis, necessitating hospitalization or even death.

Which of the following might cause symptoms in a person suffering from Celiac Disease?

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Correct answer: Eating wheat

Glutens present in wheat, rye, and barley cause a response in the body that destroys the small intestine in those with Celiac Disease.

What is the most severe of the following allergies?

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Correct answer: Peanut

Even tiny quantities of peanut can cause a serious and perhaps fatal allergic response. This response can be triggered by just touching a peanut or peanut residue off of a surface.

You are the only staff member in the room and observe that one of the guests appears to be experiencing an allergic reaction. What is your best response?

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Correct answer: Call 911

An allergic reaction can quickly worsen, therefore if a guest is suffering an allergic reaction, the best course of action is to call 911. Grabbing a coworker or boss for assistance is a reasonable next move, but initiating the emergency response system is more critical. Asking for information with the chef about what triggered the reaction is something that may be done after the occurrence, but it is not acceptable at the time.

One of the guests is allergic to eggs. Which of these ingredients is most likely to cause an issue for them in a food?

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Correct answer: Mayonnaise

Because mayonnaise includes eggs, it may be an issue for a visitor who is allergic to eggs. Whey protein is connected to milk protein, and lecithin is related to soy protein.

Which of the following is NOT a step that servers must perform when a client requests an allergen-specific order?

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Correct answer: Restrict all access to the customers' table

When a client notifies you of an allergy, take it seriously, assist them in selecting a meal from the menu, and notify the kitchen of the allergen special order.

Which of the following is not a typical sign of a food allergy?

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Correct answer: Headache

While a headache may occur, it is not a clear indicator of an allergic response. The other response options are definite signs.

How many foods are capable of causing allergic reactions?

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Correct answer: Over 160

Although just 8 foods are responsible for 90% of allergic responses, over 160 different food products can cause some type of sensitivity.

What is the service staff's responsibility?

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Correct answer: All of the above

All of these are handled by a server

Food allergens do not have to be labeled on a food item if?

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Correct answer: It just has one ingredient

Allergens must be listed on foods that include more than two components. None of the other options give a compelling rationale for not identifying allergies.

What must you do if someone has a sensitivity or intolerance?

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Correct answer: Handle it as though it were an allergy

For customers with sensitivities and intolerances, allergen special order processes should be utilized and taken just as seriously as allergies.

Your customer notifies you that they have a crustacean allergy. Which of these things on the menu should they avoid?

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Correct answer: Shrimp paella

Crustacean shellfish, which include shrimp, crab, and lobster, are members of the Big Eight, which means they are among the most frequent allergens.

What is the recommended cleaning procedure to avoid cross-contact?

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Correct answer: wash, rinse, sanitize

To avoid cross-contamination, everything used in food preparation should be washed, rinsed, and sanitized. Surfaces are included.

Which of the following might cause symptoms in a person suffering from Celiac Disease?

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Correct answer: Eating wheat

Glutens present in wheat, rye, and barley cause a response in the body that destroys the small intestine in those with Celiac Disease.

Which population has the highest prevalence of food allergies?

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Correct answer: Children

Children's immune systems are particularly sensitive to allergens, with peanuts being the most common.

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