St. Louis Children’s Hospital hosts FAME – Food Allergy Management and Education Manual and Tookit 2014

Feb 19

Food Allergy Management and Education Manual and Tookit Whether you are new to the allergy scene or not, want to spread the awareness or want to help educate you must see this toolkit. The Parents guide alone is 35 pages of amazing information from what to look for in a reaction to how to use your Epi-pen. Note that these guides follow the US allergy  group (top 8 – milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish). I recommend you share this link with your schools and friends. In the toolkit you will find guides for: Getting started Emergency Preparedness Federal/State Laws Healthcare Professionals/School Nurses Administrators/Teachers/Principals Support Staff School Nutrition Staff Parents/Guardians Students/Classmates FAME Manual Glossary   Find the guides here Share...

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FDA Consumer Advice on Products Containing Ground Cumin with Undeclared Peanuts

Feb 19

FDA Consumer Advice on Products Containing Ground Cumin with Undeclared Peanuts Key Advice The FDA is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. People who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Ground cumin may be sold as a spice, in a spice mix or kit, or as a minor ingredient when used in finished food products like soups and chilies. Most finished products are expected to have low amounts of ground cumin, and therefore low amounts of peanut protein. Products made before 2014 are unlikely to contain the affected ground cumin. View a list of Recalled Products. Who Should Know Consumers with severe peanut allergies and those preparing food for people with peanut allergies. What to Do Consumers with severe peanut allergies and their caregivers should: Review the list of recalled products and avoid these foods. They include ground cumin, seasoning mixes, and a variety of cooking “kits” which include “Tex-Mex” and Indian dishes. When choosing a food, review the ingredients panel. Products, such as soups or chilies that contain only small amounts of the affected ground cumin may not contain enough peanut protein to trigger a reaction in most peanut-allergic people. However, people who are highly sensitive to peanuts may consider avoiding products that list “cumin.” Realize that if the ingredients panel lists “spices,” it may or may not contain ground cumin.  People who are highly sensitive to peanuts may want to call the manufacturer to find out if the product contains cumin powder. Realize that if symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or hives, occur, stop eating the product and seek immediate medical care or advice. Realize that if an allergic reaction occurs, you can contact your local FDA consumer complaint coordinator. To find yours, visit:http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm. Why This Advice is Important The FDA is continuing to identify companies that received shipments of the ground cumin that contained undeclared peanuts and work with them to remove these products from the market....

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Peanut Allergy Alert: Goya Foods, Inc.

Feb 18

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) alerts us of the following: Certain lots of Kirby brand black beans with creole seasoning, 29 oz. size and Goya brand black bean soup, 29 oz. size made by Goya Santo Domingo, S.A. are being recalled. The voluntary recall was announced after the Company was notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that one lot of ground cumin had potentially been produced with undeclared peanut protein. Peanut is an allergen that is not declared on the product’s ingredient statement. This recall notice only affects Kirby black beans with creole seasoning 29 oz. size and Goya black bean soup 29 oz. size. No other sizes or varieties of black bean soup or black beans are affected. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall. Consumers who have purchased the products listed above are urged to discard the product and contact GFI’s Consumer Affairs Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM to 5PM, EST at 1-800-275-4692. For additional information, click here. Share...

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Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day

Feb 18

Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day

Greetings all! Janel from the Chicago Wolves has contacted me to spread the word about their Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. If you’re in the area be sure to get your tickets! Chicago Wolves Hockey Peanut Allergy Awareness Day I hope you are surviving the winter vortex and are ready for some spring sun. I wanted to touch base about the Chicago Wolves 4th Annual Peanut Allergy Awareness Game on Sunday, March 29th at the Allstate Arena … This will be a very special night as the entire arena will be nut-free and Section 116 will be power-washed to provide safe seating for those with severe allergies. As well, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to FARE. Share...

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Peanut Free Symbol

Mar 13

Peanut Free Symbol

I was recently (today) contacted about the use of peanut-free symbols and how one can get them. Sadly I am unable to reply to the person who emailed me because the emails keep bouncing back, so if you are she, here is your reply.     You asked: Hello my name is S, mother of a boy (5) who is allergic to peanuts and I was wondering about the peanut free symbol, if it has a copyright on it or if there is a generic symbol that is easy for the public to identify. I am looking for permission to use the peanut free symbol. If you could contact me back and either inform me of the route to take or how I can go about using a symbol with permission. My first question would be what you are planning to use it for. I’ve never come across one that is copyright though I suppose it is probable that someone out there has put a restriction of use on one. The one I use on my site http://eatnutfree.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/peanut_free-300×286.jpg I found on the web. In most cases if you are using it for personal use or not to make money there is no reason you should need permission. If someone approaches you about it you can make arrangements with them but chances are that won’t happen. If anyone out there has any further thougths, or are a graphic designer and want to make one for free-use that I can display and distribute on Eat Nut-Free, let me know!   Share...

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Papa Jack Popcorn is nut/peanut free!

Jan 10

Papa Jack Popcorn is nut/peanut free!

My wife recently ate a whole large bag of PapaJack Sweet and Salty Popcorn and decided, with a prickly popcorn-filled tummy, to email the Ottawa-based company about their nut/peanut policies. We were happy with their reply: Hi B*, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed our popcorn. All of our PapaJack products are 100% peanut and nut free. We do not allow any nut products into our facility, not even for the employees lunches. Thanks, C* YAY! Share...

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EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector – Important Safety Information on Correct Usage – For the Public

Jan 09

EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector – Important Safety Information on Correct Usage – For the Public

It has been a while since I’ve updated this site. Sorry! This announcement is an important one for anyone that has an auto-injector. There have been some cases of people not understanding quite how to remove the cap or handle the EPI-Pen properly resulting in accidents.   Subject: Important Safety Information on the Correct Use of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr Auto-Injector Pfizer Canada Inc. (distributor of EpiPen for Dey Pharma, L.P.) in collaboration with Health Canada would like to remind patients of the correct method to remove the blue safety cap and of the importance of following the instructions for use of EpiPen (0.3 mg epinephrine auto-injector) and EpiPen Jr (0.15 mg epinephrine auto-injector).  It has recently come to our attention that removal of the blue safety cap the wrong way by pulling it sideways or bending and twisting it off may prevent the device from working properly and potentially result in failure to deliver the drug. Read on for the full advisory. Share...

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Dean’s Sweets – A Review

Oct 24

Dean’s Sweets – A Review

Dean’s Sweets We recently had the great pleasure of trying some hand-dipped truffles from Dean’s Sweets in Portland, Maine. Dean’s Sweets uses no nuts or nut products in their truffles, and several are also gluten-free. With intriguing flavours like Stout, Ginger, and Cayenne, we could hardly wait to get tasting. One thing our tasting panel noticed right off the bat was the wonderful quality of the chocolate. It was a deliciously rich, dark chocolate. It wasn’t the slightest bit waxy and it delivered a warm, slightly sweet cocoa flavour. The second thing we noticed was the absolutely natural flavour of the fillings. And the flavour intensity of the fillings was in perfect balance with that of the chocolate. We sampled eight flavours — Maple, Stout (which is also dairy-free and vegan), Ginger, Salt Caramel, Blueberry, Lemon-Apricot-Chevre, Coffee, and Cayenne. Top favourites of the tasting panel were the Salt Caramel, which would have quite a broad appeal (who doesn’t love sweet mixed with salty?), and Cayenne, which had a devilishly spicy punch. However, we enjoyed every one we tried. There was one child on our five-person panel, whose clear favourite was the Maple variety. But, these sweets are really geared toward those who really appreciate fine foods and are perfectly suited for adults to indulge in. Intriguing and satisfying, these are truffles are to savour and discuss. Dean’s Sweets is now also offering a collection of chocolate bars (un-tested ) Shipping to Canada is not mentioned on their site but if you contact them they would be willing to give you the shipping price, which I can tell you is not very much. About the Truffle Maker Before and after the review. Phew!     Share...

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Deans Sweets | Elegant Chocolate Truffles

Sep 02

Deans Sweets | Elegant Chocolate Truffles

I want to bring your attention to a chocolatier that is new to us, Dean’s Sweets hailing from Portland. While I have not had the pleasure to sample thier offerings (no shipping outside of the U.S.) I would love to hear some reviews if you have! tell us what you think in the comments.     Deans Sweets offers elegant, extraordinary, hand-dipped truffles created from the finest imported dark chocolate. Luscious flavors include brandy, rum Myers Dark, scotch single malt, orange, raspberry, coffee, peppermint, ginger, plain, and cayenne!. All with a rich dark chocolate coating. Please see the Orders page for a complete list of our many chocolate choices. For the chocolate connoisseur, what makes these truffles so unusually fine are their uncommonly good ingredients – centers are made with a delectable 56% cocoa content excepting of course the white chocolate and the coating is a rich 70%. Please make special note that we use no nuts or nut products when creating these truffles. Anyone with allergies to nuts of any sort can rest assured that there are no tree or ground nuts in products from Deans Sweets. Also of special note: Our chocolate stout truffles are dairy-free. Delectable and yummy, this also makes them vegan. Most of our truffles are also gluten-free. Email us if you have dietary needs or questions. Truffles are available all year, though in the peak of the summer months, delivery times and costs may be affected by warm weather. For special events and corporate gifts, delivery times will depend on the size of the order. Please email us with your wishes and we will work to meet your deadlines. Special orders are gladly accepted and every effort is made to supply you with your ideal flavor choices. via Deans Sweets | Elegant Chocolate Truffles. Share...

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Food allergies: fact or fad? – Editorial – The Cape Breton Post

Aug 24

Food allergies: fact or fad? As a father of a food-allergic child I know that this FACT is not a FAD. This article has good insight and urges us all to think rationally when others around us are doubting our family’s health concerns. A new British study on nut-allergy sufferers found that “parents are routinely made to feel by friends and even family that their child’s nut allergy is a ‘frivolous and self indulgent fad invented and maintained by attention-seeking people.’” via Food allergies: fact or fad? – Editorial – The Cape Breton Post. Share...

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SunButter® Sunflower Seed Butter Receives National Taste Test Award at IFT ’11 | Cision Wire

Aug 11

SunButter® Sunflower Seed Butter Receives National Taste Test Award at IFT ’11 | Cision Wire

Another shout out to another of our favorite products! SUNBUTTER, we love you! Congrats!   SunButter® Sunflower Seed Butter Receives National Taste Test Award at IFT ’11 Offers Innovative and Flavorful Ingredient Option for Peanut-Free Products Fargo, ND (August, 2011) – SunButter® received third place in Mintel’s IFT 2011 taste test under the flavor and ingredient predictions for 2011 category. Mintel announced the winners of their IFT 2011 taste test, naming SunButter sunflower seed spread an example of the seed ingredient trend. via SunButter® Sunflower Seed Butter Receives National Taste Test Award at IFT ’11 | Cision Wire. Share...

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Enjoy Life Shows Support For Food Allergy Community | Press Releases @ Your-Story.org

Aug 11

Enjoy Life Shows Support For Food Allergy Community | Press Releases @ Your-Story.org

A big shout out to Enjoy Life! Our family has enjoyed a few of their products and appreciate the work they do to provide tasty allergic aware foods (can a food be aware?).   Enjoy Life Shows Support For Food Allergy Community By Becoming Gold Level Sponsor Of The Kids With Food Allergies FoundationAugust 11, 2011 | Author: EnjoyLifeFoods | Posted in Food & Drink0inShareAugust 10, 2011 Chicago – Enjoy Life Foods, the leading allergen-friendly brand in the Supermarket and Natural Foods stores, has broadened its partnership with the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, a leading resource site and organization for families who struggle with the everyday challenges of food allergies. By elevating itself to a Gold Level Sponsor, Enjoy Life will support a variety of KFA’s initiatives, as well as provide an opportunity for new KFA members to receive valuable coupons for Enjoy Life’s products, all of which are free of the 8 common allergens. via Enjoy Life Shows Support For Food Allergy Community By Becoming Gold Level Sponsor Of The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation | Press Releases @ Your-Story.org. Share...

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CTV British Columbia – Misreading nut labels a potentially deadly mistake – CTV News

Aug 10

CTV British Columbia – Misreading nut labels a potentially deadly mistake – CTV News

  Even companies with the right intentions are taking the crossed-out peanut to mean they can include nuts in thier ingredients. Be vigilant when reading labels! A registered nurse is sounding the nut allergy alarm over potentially confusing allergy labels on packaged foods. While the red circle with a line through it is an internationally recognized symbol for ‘no,’ the symbol with a line through a peanut doesn’t necessarily mean no nuts. Rob Cimaglia, who has a severe allergy to tree nuts, was shocked to discover that a package of granola bars he purchased at IGA had the no-nut symbol on the front, but contained almonds in the ingredient list   Read on at CTV British Columbia – Misreading nut labels a potentially deadly mistake – CTV News.   Share...

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PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT

May 02

PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT May 2, 2011 Organic Food Bar, Inc. is expanding its previous recall of “Chocolatey Chocolate Chip RAW Organic Food Bars due to undeclared peanut to include additional organic food bars in the following varieties: Cinnamon Raisin, Lot # 3070910, Expiration Date 09-Jul-11; Lot # 3072110, Expiration Date 21-Jul-11, Lot # 3083110, Expiration Date 31-Aug-11; Lot # 2092710, Expiration Date 27-Sep-11; Lot # 3100410, Expiration Date 04-Oct-11; UPC # 8 73521000114 Chocolate Coconut, Lot # 6071210, Expiration Date 12-Jul-11; Lot #6072810, Expiration Date 28-Jul-11; Lot # 4081710, Expiration Date 17-Aug-11; Lot # 3082710, Expiration Date 27-Aug-11; Lot # 5102010, Expiration Date 20-Oct-11; UPC # 8 7352100031 2 Oooatmeal Apple Pie, Lot #2071610, Expiration Date 16-Jul-11; Lot # 2071610, Expiration Date 16-Jul-11; Lot # 1083010, Expiration Date 30-Aug-11; Lot # 3090710, Expiration Date 07-Sep-11; UPC # 8 73521 001111. Chocolatey Chocolate Chip; Lot # 2062810, Expiration Date 28-Jun-11; Lot # 4062810, Expiration Date 28-Jun-11; Lot # 3071210, Expiration Date 12-Jul-11; Lot # 2072810, Expiration Date 28-Jul-11; Lot # 2081610, Expiration Date 16-Aug-11; Lot # 4092810, Expiration Date 28-Sep-11; Lot # 2102010, Expiration Date 20-Oct-11; UPC # 8 7352100021 3. Fiber Chocolate Delite, Lot # 6062810; Expiration Date 28-Jun-11; Lot # 7072110, Expiration Date 21-Jul-11; Lot # 1082710, Expiration Date 27-Aug-11; UPC # 8 73521000411. Keerunch Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Lot # 3070710, Expiration Date 07-Jul-11; Lot # 2101410, Expiration Date 14-Oct-11; UPC # 8 73521 00121 0. Oohmega Cherry Pie, Lot # 3072910, Expiration Date 29-Jul-11, UPC # 8 73521 00101 2. The product was distributed in 12-pack cartons through retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery in the U.S. Consumers may return the recalled products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 246-4685, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.   Share...

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Sunbutter Now a Daily Staple

Apr 30

Sunbutter Now a Daily Staple

Two years ago I posted an article about how excited my nut-allergic son was about trying Sunbutter but that, in the end, he admitted he didn’t like it. How much difference two years makes — now he wants to eat it every day! We have been buying Sunbutter regularly because both my husband and I love to eat it; and a few months ago, my son asked to try it again. He said that he loves it, and he really meant it this time. Every day, he wants a Sunbutter and jam sandwich. He also often asks for a snack of Sunbutter on crackers or cookies. A five-pound tub of it is starting to look like a good idea. Share...

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bubblechild | Nut, dairy, and gluten-free PESTO

Mar 23

bubblechild | Nut, dairy, and gluten-free PESTO

    Erica at Bubble Child Blog has a great recipe for Nut, dairy and gluten-free pesto. She also has a great site that is a lot of fun to read. Her personal touch to her posts sets it apart and adds a new dimension to the news and recipes (and there are lots) she tells us about.   Presto! Nut, dairy, and gluten-free PESTO.It’s no wonder Italians are so happy– basil is apparently a natural serotonin booster.  You know what?  The way I feel right now eating this nut, dairy, and gluten-free pesto pasta, I sure believe it!For anyone who doesn’t suffer from a deadly nut allergy like me and other nut bubble children, they probably did not know that pretty much all pesto is made with nuts, be it pine nuts most common or walnuts a little bit more gourmet. via bubblechild | Banishing the Bane of the Food Allergy. Share...

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Avoiding Milk Blog: Jude the Dude, Book Giveaway

Mar 22

Avoiding Milk Blog: Jude the Dude, Book Giveaway

  Check out the contest at http://avoidingmilkprotein.blogspot.com/2011/03/jude-dude-book-giveaway.html   Jude the Dude, Book GiveawayEvery Peanut Allergy Kid needs a hero – someone to look up to, emulate, and teach them daily tricks to live safely. Jude the Dude: The Peanut Allergy Kid is a new book character created by Bridget Batson to fill that need. After creating the popular animation on peanut allergies, Bridget has turned her beloved peanut allergy story into a book to read to your child nightly. Now, she is giving away a copy of her first book in the series to one lucky reader autographed by both her and “Jude the Dude”. To enter, tell us something special about your allergic child in the comments section. One reader will be chosen at random and the contest is open to both the United States and Canadian residences. Contest closes April 11,2011 via Avoiding Milk Blog: Jude the Dude, Book Giveaway. Share...

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Chicago Wolves Peanut Free Day!

Mar 18

Chicago Wolves Peanut Free Day!

  It’s great to see events like this. Thanks, Chicago Wolves!!! The Chicago Wolves will host “Peanut-Free Day” when the team takes on the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena on Sun., March 27, at 3 p.m.  The entire Allstate Arena will be free of peanut products in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for fans with peanut allergies.  In addition, $4 from each ticket purchased through the Wolves community relations department will be donated to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. For more information, or to purchase tickets from the Wolves, contact Anthony Krzyzak at 847-832-1995, or akrzyzak@chicagowolves.com. Here is a link to the event pdf: http://chicagowolves.com/images/pdfs/1011_MOG-FAAN.pdf Share...

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Kyle Dine CD Winners Picked!

Mar 06

Kyle Dine CD Winners Picked!

CONGRATULATIONS Thanks to everyone who commented and sorry if you didn’t get a change to participate. Hopefully we’ll see more contests in the future. Congratulations to Janeen from Ohio and Carol from Florida for winning the CD’s! I’ll have them posted soon!   Share...

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CBC News – Stricter food label rules target allergens

Feb 14

CBC News – Stricter food label rules target allergens

HUGE Win for the Canadian Food Allergic Population Food manufacturers have 18 months to adhere to tighter rules dealing with the labelling of food allergens, Health Canada announced Monday. The amended rules would target food allergens, gluten sources and sulphites, which will have to be explicitly identified on packaging.Manufacturers will be required to list what type of allergens, gluten sources or sulphites are present in a product or in any of the ingredients used to make that product. For example, a food product that lists “spice” or “seasoning” as an ingredient would have to specify whether the ingredient contains allergenic substances. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Monday the new labelling requirements do not include beer and wine, which are being dealt with separately, because the government needed to move on food now. The revised rules were first introduced in 2008 by then-health minister Tony Clement. Most of the new regulations were published officially Monday in the Canada Gazette, the government publication that lists all laws and Orders-in-Council. Read the full article via CBC News – Politics – Stricter food label rules target allergens. Share...

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