Food Translation Cards for Vegetarians Traveling in Foreign-Speaking Countries

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Vegetarians who travel to foreign-speaking countries can now order food translation cards to help them at restaurants and markets. Visitors to the SelectWisely web site can now choose from 13 different languages to create a card specific to their travel plans.

SelectWisely has expanded its food translation card offerings to address the needs of vegetarians. Visitors to their Web site can now choose from 13 different languages to create a card specific to their travel plans.

“In many European countries, meat, chicken and pork are key ingredients in dishes, though not easy to identify on restaurant menus or at food stands”, says Pam Ahlberg, president of SelectWisely. “Our cards provide vegetarians a simple tool to communicate their dietary preferences.”

According to recent reports, about 2.5% of the U.S. population, or 7 million people, are vegetarians. Most cite health, religious and ethical reasons for their adherence to a meatless diet.

Whether traveling on vacation or business, vegetarians have a difficult time avoiding dishes that contain meat, fish or poultry, particularly since many processed foods, sauces, flavorings and soups are made from these animal products. In countries such as Spain there is a strong cultural affinity to meat as a dietary staple and in Argentina beef is the heart of the economy and the diet.

SelectWisely’s new multi-language Vegetarian cards help travelers communicate to restaurant staff and other food vendors the information necessary to avoid unwanted foods. By visiting the SelectWisely Web site, customers can create a card specific to their dietary and language requirements.

SelectWisely offers cards in:

·    12 different languages. (French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, German, Russian, Polish, 2 forms of Chinese, 2 forms of Portuguese and English)

·    40 different foods. (Meat, fish, shellfish, pork, poultry, etc., as well as common allergy-producing foods such as nuts, milk, shellfish, and eggs)

·    6 different types of cards. (Single language and multiple languages/foods per card)

About SelectWisely

Launched in 2004, SelectWisely offers travelers a simple, customized tool to communicate their food preferences while traveling in foreign-speaking countries.

The SelectWisely Web site allows customers with food allergies, restrictions or sensitivities to create wallet-sized, laminated food translation cards specific to their needs. For more about the company, complete language and food offerings, ordering instructions and card examples, visit

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