New blog entries now being posted at the new blog site!

May 17, 2007 at 9:42 pm (alert, Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, Websites)

Allergyware.com has had a major makeover!

I am now posting the latest allergy headlines to hit my inbox on my new blog.

This page will remain as an archive, but please subscribe to allergyware.com!

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The migration has started

May 17, 2007 at 9:38 am (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, Websites)

After a long time of putting it off, I am finally starting to move this site, as well as the allergyware.com site, to a new format.

I will keep this blog active, but I will be posting the allergy news, recalls, and links, etc. at the new allergyware.com, which will soon be this site.

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Milk allergy alert

May 16, 2007 at 4:39 pm (alert, Allergy News!, labeling, milk)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
May 16, 2007

Adeline’s, Inc. is recalling biscuit sandwich varieties due to undeclared
milk.

The affected products are: “Adeline’s Steak and Cheese,” “Adeline’s Steak,
Egg and Cheese,” “Adeline’s Bacon,” and “Adeline’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese.”
They were distributed from lunch trucks and vending machines in Nashville,
Tennessee from May 4 through May 11, 2007.

The products are individually wrapped and packaged in clear plastic wrap
and bear the following labels: Adeline’s Steak and Cheese, approx. wt. 6-
oz., Adeline’s Steak, Egg and Cheese, approx. wt. 7-oz., Adeline’s Bacon,
approx. wt. 4-oz., and Adeline’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese, approx. wt. 5.5-oz.

Consumers may contact the company for information and return instructions
at (615) 650-6555.

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Higher-res Epi-pen how-to trainer video

May 14, 2007 at 12:06 pm (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, education, medical, Science, video)

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Hostess Mini Pound Cakes – undeclared walnut

May 14, 2007 at 12:03 pm (alert, food, kids, labeling, nut-free, walnut)

WALNUT ALLERGY ALERT
May 14, 2007

Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC) is recalling “Hostess Mini Pound Cake”
due to undeclared walnut.

The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in Alabama, Arkansas,
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,
Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The product comes in 3.25-oz. individual snack packages with the code date
of May 28 53 122 printed on the center of the package just above
the “Hostess Mini Pound Cake” name, and UPC #4500041159.

Consumers may return the product to the store where purchased for a full
refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 483-7253.

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How to use an epi-pen

May 10, 2007 at 11:10 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, video)

It looks better if you go to the youtube page and click the “small” button.

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AAEG meeting TONIGHT in Louisville area

May 10, 2007 at 9:51 am (social issues, support groups)

Reminder: The next Food AAEG meeting will be held at 7pm this Thursday May 10th in the Williamson Room at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church…..

One of the topics for discussion will be how to best deal with some of the solicitations we receive in our new role as one of FAAN’s official support groups.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Brook

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To my blogger friends on blogspot.com

May 9, 2007 at 6:29 pm (Blog & Websites, Blogroll, cooking, food, labeling, legal, legislation, medical, social issues, Websites)

Allergic Girl, on Please Don’t Pass the Nuts:

Keep on keepin’ on.  We need truth in food preparation, even GMOs!!  I am so fired up about Frankenfoods right now.

Food Allergy Queen:

Your blog is awesome!

Sorry I am blogspot-challenged today.  I don’t know what the deal is, but google has it out for me, I think.  Giving me t-rubble!

To all who send me notes, comments, or who bump into me online: I am sorry for not being a better “reciprocal” blog reader and commentor.  I am outright swamped.

Today I took a few minutes and actually READ a few allergy blogs for the first time in months.  It was awesome.  I have missed it.  Being a full-time mom again is really all-consuming, what can I say?

I highly recommend the above two blogs!

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A note from Ria Sharon of Checkmytag.com, and note from me on what it’s like to be an allergymompreneur

May 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, Canada, Contributors to the Podcast, education, gear, kids, labeling, newspapers, peanut, Products, social issues, USA, Websites)

Most of our friends and family are amazingly thoughtful and ask, “Is this safe?” before they give our little guy anything to eat. A few just give me the box so I can check the label. But almost all will admit their discomfort with making the call themselves, partly because they are not sure what to look for when they are reading packaged food labels.

Next week is Food Allergy Week so we are making extra efforts to promote food safety for our food-allergic friends and loved ones. The Spring issue of our bulletin, Be Aware. Be Safe. is devoted to taking the mystery out of the new labeling laws. Please help us raise awareness and understanding of food allergies, by passing this .pdf along to your friends, co-workers, educators, and childcare providers.

Also, visit our Community page, http://www.checkmytag.com/community.html beginning May 20th to read personal accounts from the blogosphere on how food allergies have changed the daily lives of a growing number of families.

Thanks for helping to keep kids safe,

Ria

Ria is a very warm and helpful individual.  Please check out her site!  It is not just about “selling shirts” for her.

Someone recently accused me of only doing this blog to direct people to my allergyware.com site.  She didn’t say it accusingly, but rather matter-of-fact.  As if.  :(  Why do I make the shirts?  Why did I do it in the first place?  Because allergies are a “growth industry?”  Because I was looking to make a quick buck?  C’mon.  My kid could DIE if he eats a peanut.  There were no shirts at all out there for sale except from England, when he tested positive for peanut.  What would YOU do?

Honestly, it is issues like the above that I am using this hiatus to think over.  I don’t want anyone to think that it is my desire or motivation to profit from my son’s life-threatening allergy.  The fact is, I’m not a millionaire who can set up a fund to research the cure.  I do not have the time to volunteer a lot and do a lot of political stuff, plus I do not have the temperament for it.

What I am is a writer with a degree in accounting.  I am a business person by training and a story-teller by birth.

I write this blog and I sell tee-shirts because I buy the tees myself.  My kid also wears shirts by other allergymompreneurs.  He took his first field trip today with his medicine in a bag from allergykids.com (thanks, Robyn).

If you are so cynical that you think for the past five years I have enjoyed some kind of status as Allergy Tee Shirt Emperor, then you are forgetting the heartbreak and daily stress and agony that go along with safe-guarding a child who is too young to speak for himself.

Pushing six years old, he is finally getting closer to being able to speak up for himself to people about his allergy.  He still can’t read, give himself his epinephrine shot, or measure out his own Benadryl.  He is dependent on any adult in his vicinity to notice if he develops hives, has trouble breathing, his eyes swell up, etc.

So I made him shirts.  When he was recently fed a nut-containing brownie at school, I sent him to school the next day in an allergy shirt, in addition to talking to his teachers about what happened.  You know what?  Call me materialistic & opportunistic and any other “istic” that you want, but I FELT BETTER knowing his shirt said this in big letters:

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(this was him four years ago, nearly exactly!)

This is him today, in a Nut Free Zone hoodie:

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I love this child.  He is not a model, a product spokesman, a clotheshorse, or a mannequin to hang shirts on.

HE IS MY CHILD.

If you think I’m doing this blog and doing my shirts for the money, or you wonder why I don’t do more: I am doing what I can, where I can, with what I can.

I love my children, all three of them, and I am doing my best.  This blog is filled with photos, links, articles, podcasts, recalls, news, you name it.  I am doing my best.  I doubt I will ever give up the blog, but for now I am not in the frame of mind to do videos or audio podcasts.  I probably will again.  I do not feel like I am “done,” you know?  But my time is sort of maxed out right now.

Now head on over to Ria’s site, or any of the awesome Allergy Mom (and Dad) sites listed in this blogroll.

Sorry for the tangent, but I think it deserves to be said: Allergy Moms who started Allergy businesses have their hearts in the right place. They should be commended, not distrusted!

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Mayfield Ice Cream recall

May 9, 2007 at 1:37 pm (alert, Allergy News!, ice cream, labeling, nut-free, peanut, USA, Websites)

PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT
May 9, 2007

Mayfield Dairy Farms is recalling “Mayfield Turtle Tracks” ice cream due to
undeclared peanuts.

The product was distributed to retail stores in Northern Alabama,
Northwestern Georgia, Southeastern Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The product is packaged in 1.75-qt. cartons with a code date of 4/11/08 and
plant code of 47225 on the side of the lid of the carton. The UPC code is
75243-20120.

Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase
for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the
company at (800) 629-3435.

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