It’s an ordinary fall day at the University of North Texas and Chef Rudy Vasquez is busy deep-frying one of today’s lunch specials: chicken fingers. Only, there’s no wheat on the flour-dredged meat.
The University of North Texas says it has opened the state’s first college cafeteria free of the “big 8” ingredients that cause most food allergies.
The “big 8” ingredients are milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The breading Vasquez works with is gluten-free so it’s safe for people are allergic to wheat, gluten-intolerant or have Celiac disease.