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University of California, Berkeley

Dining Services
Made-to-order items

1. We provide access to ingredient information for made-to-order* items. *Made-to-order - Meals that are prepared on request and to your specification in the dining hall. Examples include a sandwich station, omelet station, burrito station, etc.

Made-to-order items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other so_ing_info_avail_other
Big-8, sesame, gluten, pork and alcohol are posted
Specific areas

Short-order menu is processed at the unit level. Ingredient information is available upon request by consulting with chef or manager on duty at the location.

Self-Serve Items

2. We provide access to ingredient information for self-serve* items. *Self-serve - Meals that are served buffet-style in a dining hall. These are typically high risk for cross-contact and are best avoided by diners with food allergies.

Self-Serve Items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

Big-8 food allergens (peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, milk, egg, soy, wheat), sesame, gluten, pork and alcohol are disclosed for all menu items served in the dining halls and campus restaurants operated by Cal Dining.

Additional Information

To help our customers with food allergy and/or intolerance to browse and choose safely, the Big-8 allergens are listed on the menu signage in units and the online menu. In addition, we also list sesame, gluten, pork and alcohol.

Our menu signage in the dining commons and campus restaurants, as well as ingredients listed on product packages at our retail locations are resources for you to identify these allergens. Please take the time to read the allergen signage at our locations and on our website. Note that the advisory labeling (i.e., precautionary statements such as “may contain,” “processed in a facility that also processes,” or “made on equipment with”) by manufacturers is not being considered for the labeling of allergens on our menus.

Prospective students with food allergies are strongly advised to visit Cal Dining website dining.berkeley.edu, and to reach out to our dietitian at dietitian@berkeley.edu for additional assistance. 

 

 

Made-To-Order Areas

3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.

Made-to-order areas
[YES]
Specific areas

Each dining location has an allergy cooking kit that can be used for short orders. Although all chefs in residential dining are happy to help a student with a special dietary request, there is no standard procedure for short order placement. Bear Fit station inside Crossroads is the designated allergen friendly platform and is the best choice for short order placement.

Additional information

Bear Fit station inside Crossroads is the designated allergen-friendly platform that is open for lunch and dinner daily. Please check out Bear Fit menu on our website before placing short order.

Self-Serve Areas

4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.

Self-Serve Areas
[YES]
Specific areas

Residential dining halls, Bear Fit inside Crossroads in particular

Pre-Order Meals

5. We have pre-order meals* available. *Pre-order meals - Custom meals that can be ordered in advance by a diner so they are ready for pick up at a specific time. Typically these can be ordered online or by phone/text.

Do students have access to pre-order meals free from their allergens?
[YES]
Additional information

Pre-order meals are available for students on residential meal plan with medically-necessitated dietary restrictions that can not be accommodated by existing menu items. Students wishing to place pre-order meals should contact Cal Dining dietitian first.

Allergy-Friendly Station

6. We have an allergy-friendly station*. *Allergy-friendly station - A food station where specific ingredients are banned, typically including many or all items in the Top 8 allergens and gluten.

Do students have access to an allergy-friendly station?
[YES]
What is the station free from?
Peanut
Tree nut
Fish
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Milk
Gluten
Animal-based protein, sesame, alcohol
Additional Information

In addition to Bear Fit - the allergen friendly station inside Crossroads, Café 3 is the plant-forward dining hall serving Kosher certified meats, and does not serve shell fish and pork as of February 2017.

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[YES]
How often?
at least once a year
Which course(s) are used?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
We developed our own food allergy training.
Will be using AllerTrain courses by Menu Trinfo as well.
What topics are covered?

Food allergy and Celiac disease 101, anaphylaxis and emergency response, avoiding cross-contact, menu labeling practice at Cal Dining

Additional information

Cal Dining does not stock undesignated epinepharine, and Cal Dining staff are not trained to administer epinephrine injection

Registered Dietitian on Staff?

8. We have a registered dietitian* on staff. *Registered dietitian - Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who are often tasked with helping students with food allergies navigate the dining halls.

Do you have a registered dietitian on staff?
[YES]
Campus Life & Disabilities
RAs Trained

9. We train our RA's.

RA’s trained
[NO]
Inclusive Resident Life Programs Including Food

10. We have inclusive resident life programs* including food. *Inclusive resident life programs - Programs in the resident halls often include food. Inclusive resident life programs will offer students with food allergies the opportunity to request safe food alternatives for events they attend in the dorms.

Inclusive resident life programs involving food?
[YES]
How can students access safe foods for resident life programs?

• Encourage students to self-identify their restrictions in advance • Always provide alternative meals (i.e. vegan, vegetarian)

Accommodations for Roommate Assignments

11. We offer accommodations for roommate assignments. *Every accommodation request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A housing accommodation cannot be guaranteed prior to an individual evaluation.

Accommodations for roommate assignments
[YES]
[YES]
How does the school provide accommodations?
trying to match students with food allergies for room assignments upon request
facilitating roommate agreements involving food allergies upon request
working with students to change roommate assignments if it becomes necessary
Does the housing office process requests?
[YES]
Where can students get more information?
Cal Housing Accommodations Coordinator
510-642-4108
Additional information

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Disability Services Office Processes Food Allergy and Celiac Disease Accommodation Requests

12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.

Disability services office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests
[YES]
Other departments a student should contact?

Cal Dining and Cal Housing

How can a student submit a request?
Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
food allergy management care
prescriptions for epinephrine
fulfill epinephrine prescriptions in our pharmacy
allergy testing and diagnosis
seasonal allergy shots
we have an allergy clinic on campus
Emergency Response
Stock, Undesignated Epinephrine Available for Emergency Response

13. We have stock, undesignated epinephrine* available for emergency response. *Stock, undesignated epinephrine - Epinephrine that is prescribed to a college or university rather than to a particular student. This epinephrine is kept on hand to use for any student that experiences anaphylaxis.

Stock, undesignated epinephrine for emergencies
[YES]
Where?
healthcare facilities
Campus Emergency Responders Carry Epinephrine

14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.

Campus emergency responders carry epinephrine
[YES]
Who are the emergency responders?
on-campus emergency responders
city emergency responders
county emergency responders
Emergency Response Policy

See what our emergency response policy allows for >

What does the policy allow for?
designated, trained staff to help administer a student’s epinephrine or stock, undesignated epinephrine in an emergency
Staff is trained to recognize anaphylaxis and call emergency responders
on-campus emergency responders carry epinephrine for use in an emergency
Contact Info
Disability Staff Contact
Disabled Students' Program
(510) 642-0518
Last updated:
September 20, 2017

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