Walnut allergy recall & podcast progress update

June 30, 2006 at 10:51 am (Allergy News!, recalls)


June 29, 2006

Tina’s Inc. of Anaheim, CA, is recalling “Tina’s Monster Banana Muffins”
and “Tina’s Mini Banana Muffin 3-pack” due to undeclared walnuts.

The products were distributed in the Western United States and are
identified as “Tina’s Monster Banana Muffins” 6-oz. and “Tina’s Mini Banana
Muffin 3-pack”.

Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to return them to the
place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (714) 630-0650.

Thanks for being patient on the next episode of Allergy News.  It will be a few more days, but it’s coming!


Thanks for visiting my blog.  To check out more products like the one above, visit my store.


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Technology! Arrrgh!

June 29, 2006 at 5:37 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!)

Howdy, folks.  I’ve been working on recording the latest podcast for a full week!  My new, higher-volume memory stick isn’t working well with my old camera, and I was going to provide some cool new VIDEO segments.

Well, I’m still hell-bent and determined to provide the videos, so the podcast is going to be slightly delayed until I get that part done.

On the other hand, this also means you still have time to submit your audio comments via email (by which, I mean you need to email me a voice recording suitable for playing on the show) or via the toll-free #.   Click here to read how, and please note: after entering “1111,” you need to hit the # sign on your phone.

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Milk allergy alert

June 26, 2006 at 12:08 pm (Allergy News!, recalls)


June 26, 2006

Pierre Foods, Inc. is recalling their "Fast Bites Spicy Breaded Chicken"
and "Fast Bites BBQ Chicken" sandwiches due to undeclared milk.

These products are distributed nationwide and can be purchased from vending
machines and at convenience stores.

The sandwiches are packaged in clear film and contain two sandwiches per
package.  All production lot codes of the following products are being

•Item 0953: "Fast Bites BBQ Chicken", Net Weight 3.75-oz. (106g) with
barcode 7142110953

•Item 0954: "Fast Bites Spicy Breaded Chicken", Net Weight 3.55-oz. (100g)
with barcode 7142110954

Consumers who have purchased these products may return them to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (800) 982-7091.

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Welcome, Business First readers!

June 24, 2006 at 6:20 pm (Allergy News!)

The June Louisville edition health insert featured some wonderful articles on food allergies, and my Allergy Alert Gear business, allergyware.  To visit the website where I sell allergy alert gear, go to http://www.allergyware.com.  It's nothing fancy, but it's home (on the web)!

Coming soon, in the next Allergy News podcast:

  • tips and news from the listeners and readers
  • excerpts and announcements about other allergy podcasts that may interest you
  • a video excerpt about some allergy products I have on hand (I think this will interest you a LOT)
  • great music, as always

You still have time to call the toll-free # and suggest a story for an upcoming podcast.  So far I've had ONE ENTRY for the giveaway, so it's going to be a total cakewalk unless other people chime in with their dulcet tones to suggest stories or even just to comment about the podcast itself.

Click here to read more about my latest contest giveaway, and enter today!  Don't delay!!!


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Egg allergen recall

June 22, 2006 at 1:26 pm (Allergy News!, recalls)

Recall Notification Report 053-2005
Product(s) Recalled:
Pot Roast Dinners

Production Dates/Identifying Codes:
Produced 8/29/2005. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 16-ounce packages of "BOSTON MARKET Home Style Meals Beef Pot Roast, Gravy & Beef with Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes." Each package bears the following code: "Best by 08/28/2007 PC5H29M EST 18205."

Problem/Reason for Recall:
The package indicates that the product is beef pot roast, however, inside the package is meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. The product contains dried whole eggs, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

How/When Discovered:
The Company received a consumer complaint and reported the incident to FSIS.

Federal Establishment:
18205 M
Heinz Frozen Foods Company
221 Ore Ida Court
Pocatello, ID 83202

Consumer Contact:
Karen White, Manager, Consumer Affairs, 800-488-0050

Media Contact:
Robin Teets, Senior Manager, Marketing, 412-237-3562

Quantity Recalled:
Approximately 325 pounds

Quantity Recovered:
The firm reports the recovery of 58 pounds.

Kentucky and Tennessee

Recall Classification:
Class I

Recall Notification Level:

Press Release:
Idaho Establishment Recalls Pot Roast Dinners Due To Undeclared Allergen

Direct Notification Means:
The firm has notified its customers orally and will follow up in writing.

FSIS Follow-up Activities:
Effectiveness checks by the FSIS, Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Other Agencies Involved:

FSIS Contacts:

  • FSIS Recall Coordinator: (303) 497-5411
  • Recall Management: (202) 690-6389
  • Media Inquiries: (202) 720-9113
  • Congressional Inquiries: (202) 720-3897
  • Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); TTY, 1-800-256-7072
  • Web Site: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ (FSIS Main Page) or http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ (Recall Information)

Date of Recall Meeting:
December 10, 2005

Recall Case Number:

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Open Letter

June 21, 2006 at 8:32 pm (Allergy News!, social issues)

Subject: "Brentson's Law" Becomes "THE LAW" in the State of Tennessee today, Tuesday 06/20/2006!

June 20, 2005
Principal Constance L. Hayes, Dr. Pedro Garcia, Pam Garrett, Tina Bozeman, Cecelia Hampton, & Other MNPS School Board Members:
June 20, 2005 the date "Brentson's Law" became "THE LAW" in the state of Tennessee to protect "ALL CHILDREN" with anaphylaxis food allergies. The same children that Metro Nashville Public Schools "REFUSED" to protect in September of 2005 following "Brentson Duke's" near death experience at Taylor Stratton Elementary!
Do any of you at the Board of Education and/or Principal Constance L. Hayes remember what you were doing on 09/12/2005 around 10:00 am? You probably don't but let me refresh your memory. This is "THE DATE & THE TIME" that I received a phone call telling me that my child was having an allergic reaction. This is "THE DAY" that my child and I will "NEVER" forget! This is "THE DAY" that my child almost lost his life due to a severe anaphylactic reaction that he had at Taylor Stratton Elementary by him unknowingly coming into contact with someone that had eaten peanut butter! Does 09/22/2005 ring a bell for any of you? Well, this is "THE DAY" that Principal Constance L. Hayes finally returned my phone call from Monday 09/12/2005 when my child almost died at Taylor Stratton! Principal Constance L. Hayes finally gets the time to return my phone call "NINE BUSINESS DAYS" after my child almost died in her care! However, she only returned my call after Dr. Gregg Patterson "MADE HER" and only after Heather Orne started calling the Board of Education! My mother taught me at an early age that an ounce of compassion goes a long way. Evidently, no one at the "Board of Education nor Principal Constance L. Hayes" were taught this by their parents! Therefore, due to the lack of concern by the Board of Education for the welfare and well being of "ALL" of these children led me to the decision that something had to be done!
What was done is "BRENTSON'S LAW!"  June 20, 2006 the date "Brentson's Law" became "THE LAW" in the state of Tennessee to protect "ALL CHILDREN" with anaphylaxis food allergies. The same children that Metro Nashville Public Schools "REFUSED" to protect in September of 2005 following "Brentson Duke's" near death experience at Taylor Stratton Elementary!
I bet "YOU ALL" will remember "THIS DATE!"
Laura Duke
(615) 516-7538 Cell phone

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Thanks, Twins, for peanut-safe baseball!

June 19, 2006 at 1:32 pm (Allergy News!, Websites)

Twins plan promo for fans with peanut allergies

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal – June 2, 2006

There's no smoking in the Metrodome, and for one day, there won't be any peanuts either — at least not in the right-field Skybox.

The Minnesota Twins will reserve the Skybox, which encompasses about 100 seats and is used by the press during the football season, for people with peanut allergies and their families for the July 2 game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The promotion is being offered in partnership with the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota.

Tickets cost $26 and may be purchased by calling the Twins ticket office at 612-33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS. Seating is limited to the first 100 fans.

"Peanuts are synonymous with a baseball game, but they keep some fans from being able to visit the ballpark," Minnesota Twins Vice President of Marketing Patrick Klingler said in a statement. "This is a chance to provide people with peanut allergies the opportunity to experience a Twins game in person."

This article courtesy of Business First

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Do you have an allergy-related event to publicize?

June 18, 2006 at 6:15 pm (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, social issues)

A local meeting (anywhere in the world), support group, playgroup, community need, etc?

Send it to me and I will announce it on the podcast.

For instance, my local allergy awareness group is looking for allergists to distribute free books about food allergies to newly-diagnosed families with food allergies.  Wish I'd have been in on that when we found out Sam had anaphylaxis!

Another instance: I once tried to organize a food-free "allergy-friendly" playgroup.

Need help developing a food allergy policy at work, school, church, etc?  Send your request to me and I will read it on the podcast and post it here.



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Food Allergy Recall – Eggs

June 18, 2006 at 6:11 pm (Allergy News!, recalls)


June 12, 2006

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is alerting
consumers who are sensitive to eggs not to consume "Original Yousuf
Confectionary Dry Cake" due to undeclared eggs.

The product was sold at Master Mini Market, 209 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn,
New York. The product comes in a 450-gram clear, flexible plastic package
coded July '07. The product label indicates it was imported by Seafood Plus
Inc., New York.

Consumers who have purchased the product should return it to the place of

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Contest deadline looms…

June 18, 2006 at 6:11 pm (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free.)

Hey, folks!  I think today was my contest deadline, and I only had one entry.  Several of you out there suggested stories (thank you!) but did not make the phone call necessary to be entered for the contest.  

Just to be fair, I'll extend the contest deadline one more week.   Call in your story suggestion to: 1-888-65-GCAST.  Enter "the number you registered with" as 225-553-7532 (CALL-LESLEA).  Enter the pin "1111" then hit "#" and start talking about your story idea!  🙂

Don't forget to leave me your name and some way for me to get in touch with you.

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