Emoji for FOOD ALLERGIES: Icons showing peanuts, buckwheat and celery may make life easier for people sensitive to foods

A Google engineer in Japan has submitted a proposal to add icons for peanuts, kiwis and buckwheat (pictured above) among others, to the list of official emoji

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  • A Google engineer in Japan has submitted a proposal for new emoji
  • They include icons for peanuts, kiwis and buckwheat among others
  • Proposal says 'emoji should cover characters representing major food allergens' so people can safely select meals in foreign countries
  • There's no guarantee the food emoji will be added to the overall library 

 

Everyone likes going out for dinner, but for people with allergies and intolerances ensuring food doesn't contain specific foods can be tiresome.

It can be especially difficult - and even dangerous - when it isn't clear what ingredients a dish contains when in a foreign country. 

But soon, instead of having to learn the foods you cannot eat in a multitude of languages, restaurants may be able to use emoji as a form of shorthand.

A Google engineer in Japan has submitted a proposal to add icons for peanuts, kiwis and buckwheat, among others, to the list of official emoji.

 

The proposal was sent to the Unicode Consortium in California, which is responsible for developing Unicode.

 

It only allows emoji to be added if there are existing gaps in the symbol ‘library,’ so for example, Unicode 7.0 had a tiger but not a lion.

The proposal says: ‘Emoji should cover characters representing major food allergens. 

The proposal says: ‘Emoji should cover characters representing major food allergens.' This chart shows suggestions of current emoji (second column from the left) that could be used to show allergies, but they are described as 'weal alternatives' to more preferable images (far right column)

The proposal says: ‘Emoji should cover characters representing major food allergens.' This chart shows suggestions of current emoji (second column from the left) that could be used to show allergies, but they are described as 'weal alternatives' to more preferable images (far right column)

GET READY FOR AN EMOJI MOVIE 

Sony has won a bidding war to make an emoji-themed movie in a reported seven-figure deal, but so far there has been no word on which emoji will play central roles.

The project will be co-written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis, according to reports.

The announcement comes after a supposed bidding war to make the movie after it was pitched by Leondis, director of Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters, according to Deadline.

'Three studios bid,' said Mike Fleming of Deadline. 

'I’ve heard Warner Bros and Paramount were the others, but none more aggressively than Sony.'

Unlike other movie franchises - like Lego for example - there are no underlying rights to be bought, so it might be a race to see who can make the movie first.

‘It enables people to understand what nutritions are used in foods even in foreign countries and safely select meals.’

‘…Peanuts and soybeans are food allergens recommended to be always declared. The current emoji set do not have alternatives for them.’

It suggests the addition of peanuts and soybeans, buckwheat, gluten, milk, eggs, treenuts, kiwi fruit, celery and lupin beans, which can all trigger allergic reactions. 

There is no guarantee that the emoji will be added to the set, but if they are, it could save people time when talking about allergies.

The symbols could become instantly recognisable to people around the world to bridge gaps in language when talking about food.

In the proposal, the engineer lists emoji which could be used to show food allergies, but says they are ‘weak alternatives’ for new dedicated icons.

They include using a baby bottle to denote milk intolerance and a fried shrimp for a seafood allergy.

Suggestions of how to use current emoji to adequately show allergies or preferences are also included, such as a pig's face for pork.

A taco, cheese and champagne were recently added to the Unicode 8.0 standard, but the additions have yet to be rolled out.

This is because it’s up to telecoms companies to make the changes needed.

Suggestions of how to use current emoji to show allergies and food preferences - such as not eating pork - are also included in the proposal and are shown above

Suggestions of how to use current emoji to show allergies and food preferences - such as not eating pork - are also included in the proposal and are shown above

CAN YOU COMPLETE THE FIENDISHLY DIFFICULT EMOJI QUIZ? 

The emoji quiz (pictured) originated on Mumsnet when user TheTravellingLemon uploaded it with the tagline: 'My brain will explode everywhere if you don't help me.' But the person who originally created the quiz is not known. It spread across Reddit, Twitter and Facebook as people desperately tried to identify number 12

The emoji quiz (pictured) originated on Mumsnet when user TheTravellingLemon uploaded it with the tagline: 'My brain will explode everywhere if you don't help me.' But the person who originally created the quiz is not known. It spread across Reddit, Twitter and Facebook as people desperately tried to identify number 12

To take people's minds off London's tube strike on July 9, a fun emoji quiz began doing the rounds online.

It shows 13 groups of emoji, each one designed to represent a separate London tube station from Seven Sisters to Bank.

However, fun soon turned to frustration as users took to Twitter to complain about clue number 12 being impossible to identify.

The emoji quiz originated on Mumsnet when user TheTravellingLemon uploaded it with the tagline: 'My brain will explode everywhere if you don't help me.'

But the person who originally created the quiz is not known.

It was then posted to Reddit by London-based user gottis and soon spread through Twitter and Facebook as people desperately tried to discover what number 12 is.

Some admitted to poring through tube maps and lists of stations in search of the answer, while others asked for help so they 'could move on with their life.'

To find the answers (apart from number 12), click here.  

Larry White
By Larry White 29/07/2015 10:17:00