PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT

Oct 25

Oct. 23, 2010 Nestlé USA is recalling “Nestlé® Raisinets® Fun Size Bags” due to undeclared peanuts. The 10-oz bags were sold in Target, Shop Rite, and Don Quixote retail stores in the U.S. The product is marked with production code 02015748 and UPC 2800010255. Consumers should contact the company at (800) 478-5670 for a refund. Share...

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NoTrickTreats.com Helps Children with Restricted Diets Enjoy Halloween

Oct 14

Jon sent us news of a new service website on the web that aims to help kids find safe homes to Trick or Treat at. I’ve checked it out and it’s really well done and easy to follow. All we need now is for EVERYONE to use it! Check out this news release and get your home listed too! I did and I hope it helps. Although many American children list Halloween as their favorite holiday, this is less often the case when – due to a dietary restriction – a child can’t enjoy the same candy as everyone else. But a new website is looking to change that. This fall, for the first time, NoTrickTreats.com will let children and their parents make a custom trick-or-treating map of their area, showing the homes that will be giving out Halloween treats that they can enjoy. Homes and business that will be serving specialty candy can mark themselves on the map, indicating whether their treats will be suitable for vegan, nut-free, diabetic, organic, kosher, gluten-free, or raw diets. “There’s no denying that Halloween is a blast”, says Jon Zornow – the site’s creator, “but it’s a candy-centric holiday, and it leaves a lot of kids feeling excluded.” Zornow, who is vegan, says he was inspired to create the site when he realized that if he had been vegan growing up, he would probably hate Halloween – and that vegan kids weren’t the only ones missing out. The site, NoTrickTreats.com, lets you find your neighborhood and search for homes by food specialty. It’s easy to use and user-friendly for trick-or-treaters of all ages and computer skills. Although it has only been online for a few days, Zornow says has been humbled by the positive response. “I’ve heard from numerous parents and bloggers who are excited to search and share their Halloween information. It feels good to be part of something that is helping the whole community.” Share...

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Another October comes around

Oct 07

Another October comes around

And it’s time to break out the old Halloween post: http://eatnutfree.com/2008/10/a-nut-free-halloween/ I posted that 2 years ago and it still holds true. Given that there are things you can do to allow your child to still enjoy a night out gathering treats, will you be letting the little one visit your neighbours? I know my neighbours, but I also know I have alot of empty-nesters from an age between me and my parents, and some around my parents. Do they know about food allergies enough to not have the container of Reeses Peanutbutter cups at the door? We are still undecided if our’s will be making the rounds. What about you? Share...

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“anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare”: Dr Ham Pong

Oct 07

“anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare”: Dr Ham Pong

For anyone who did not know this, it’s great to hear this from a prominent artillerist. The opening paragraph tells us: You can be assured that anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare. An allergic reaction to food will not occur because someone is eating it in a classroom or vicinity of the allergic person. The main reason for advising that the allergenic food not be brought into a classroom is the potential for an allergic child to accidentally ingest some by sharing food. Secondary reasons (less likely to cause anaphylaxis because of the smaller quantities involved) are cross-contamination of desks, toys etc. He goes on to tell us that the smell of peanuts in the air does not come from the peanut protein.  Note, though, that peanut dust in the air can cause a reaction. Like if a room full of people opened packages of peanuts at the same time. Give the Allergic Living article a read to set your mind at ease, or at least part of your mind 🙂 Share...

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