Big news coming soon…

July 27, 2006 at 6:33 pm (Allergy News!, Products)

If you suffer from environmental allergies &/or asthma, I have some exciting information coming up for you…you know how I am always on the prowl for anything that will keep my kids from the cycle of infections and allergic reactions?  I’ve found some cool new stuff that I believe will really help others, and I’m going to blast about it here–soon!

Not tonight, though…I’m just back in town from St. Louis and I’m going to crash out for the night.

Stay tuned, though!



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Almond, Egg, and Wheat Allergy Alert

July 27, 2006 at 5:11 pm (Allergy News!, recalls)


July 24, 2006

Harry & David Operations Corp. is recalling Chocolate Covered Pear Bite
candies due to undeclared almond, egg, and wheat.

The product was distributed throughout the United States through Harry and
David Stores.

The recalled “Chocolate Covered Pear Bites” are packaged in clear plastic 8-
oz. bags, tied with a tan ribbon at the top.  The Lot Code 037061 is
printed in black ink on the bottom of the bag.

Consumers with questions or refund requests may phone the company at (800)
345-5655, 24 hours a day.

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Peanuts in the dugout…?

July 20, 2006 at 3:19 pm (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, social issues)

Going places with serious food allergies?  Click here for one of my clubmom articles on the topic.  I love your comments, thank you!

Sample feedback from the clubmom site:

This is a great article. I have a 6-year-old daughter with severe milk, peanut and tree nut allergies. It’s comforting to know that there are other people out there that understand what we go through continuously. My daughter has been in Soccer, T-Ball and Dance and we’ve had a good response with the other parents doing their best to accommodate my daughter’s allergy needs as far as snacks go. Our biggest challenge is trying to find safe foods for my daughter when we go out to places like Disneyland. We always have to find out if the particular restaurant or fast food place has an ingredient book of their menu items. It’s frustrating when you ask if particular item has milk and they say no and when you insist on seeing the ingredient listing on the packaging of that item you find out that it does have milk. It just goes to show you cannot take someone’s word for it, it’s vital that you insist on seeing ingredients for yourself. Thanks again for a great article! God bless!


Your feedback makes my time worthwhile!  Thank YOU!

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Food Allergy Alerts!

July 18, 2006 at 11:03 am (Allergy News!, recalls)


July 17, 2006

Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc. is recalling their 4-oz. Vegan Parmesan
Flavor Grated Soy Topping due to undeclared milk.

This product is distributed nationwide through supermarkets and natural and
specialty food stores.

The “Vegan Parmesan Flavor Grated Soy Topping” is packaged in a 4-oz.
shaker canister with a dark purple label, with a UPC code of 77172-64000,
and an expiration date of 04/01/07, 04/15/07, 04/29/07, or 05/27/07.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the
place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of the product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 441-9419 ext. 224.

July 17, 2006

Harry & David Operations Corp. is recalling Hot Chili Pepper Tortilla Chips
due to undeclared milk.

The product was distributed from January 1, 2006 through July 13, 2006
throughout the United States through Harry and David Stores.

The product is sold in 14-oz. bags labeled “Wild ‘N Spicy Hot Chili Pepper
Tortilla Chips” with an expiration date of May 1, 2006 through November 11,
2006. The expiration date is in the upper-right-hand corner of the front of
the bag.

Consumers with questions or refund requests may phone the company at (800)

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Sam’s Birthday Podcast

July 15, 2006 at 11:44 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, Products)

Yes, today is Sam’s birthday (happy fifth, Samuel!), so we are off to the beach right after I post this entry.

In this episode of Allergy News – All the News that Itches:

  • Podsafe Music by general fuzz, Myrmidon Process, Linda Sjobeck, and David Cyr.  Check them out! 
  • Tell people while traveling about your allergies, in their language.  Visit ChinesePod for their allergy lesson.
  • Product review of DermaSmart, part one (helps with eczema)
  • A recorded message and advice from Ria Sharon of
  • The latest Walk for a Cure news–are you organizing a walk-a-thon in your town?  Let me know!
  • A child’s death due to food allergies in Cincinnatti.
  • Local AAEG meeting speakers in Louisville, KY
  • The Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast – wonderful!
  • Let me know if you would like some of my business cards to hand out (listing the podcast and my online store
  • A new design by request from Danielle.  Not yet even on my website with the 400 others.
  • A direct link to this week’s show!

If you need me, send me an email at, leave a comment, or call the toll-free line.

I forgot to say this, but the winner of the latest allergy shirt giveaway is the lovely lady from the previous podcast…whose email I can’t put my fingers on right this second.  She’ll be getting an email from me asking for her address ASAP…if I don’t call first.

Thanks again!  Enjoy, have an allergy-free day!

samback.jpg  (He has grown so much since then!)

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Undeclared allergen in hot dogs

July 14, 2006 at 6:51 am (Allergy News!, recalls)

Michigan Firm Recalls Franks Due to Undeclared Allergen
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Tara Balsley

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2006 – ConAgra Foods®, a Quincy, Mich., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 16,716 pounds of jumbo franks due to an undeclared allergen (milk), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product label indicates that the package contains jumbo franks made with turkey and pork; however, the package may contain cheese smoked sausage made with pork and turkey. The cheese smoked sausage contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

The following product is subject to recall:


Consumers who have a food allergy, or severe food sensitivity, should always read ingredient labels. In restaurants, they should ask whether an allergy-causing ingredient is in the food.

A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a certain food, usually within minutes after the food has been consumed.

Symptoms may include throat swelling, breathing trouble or a rash.

Strictly avoiding the allergy-causing food is the only absolute way to avoid a reaction.

Several foods account for 90% of allergic reactions. They include peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Persons who have a severe, life-threatening food allergy should always carry, and know how to administer, prescription epinephrine.

  • 16-ounce vacuum packages of “ECKRICH®, JUMBO FRANKS, MADE WITH TURKEY, PORK.” Each label bears the establishment number “1941” and the lot code “3F.” Each package also bears the manufacturer’s code “0549082306” and the sell by date, “AUG 23, 2006.” (View Labels) (PDF only)

The franks were produced on May 15, 2006, and were shipped to retail stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

The problem was discovered by the company. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company toll-free, 24-hour information line at 1-866-344-6833. Media with questions about the recall should contact company Communications Director Tania Graves at (402) 595-6258.

Consumers with food safety questions can Ask Karen, the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at htt:// Food_Safety_Education/
. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

NOTE: Access news releases and other information at the FSIS Web site at
Last Modified: July 13, 2006

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By request for Danielle

July 6, 2006 at 8:12 pm (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, Products)

A very clean, simple design to raise awareness of peanut allergy–a good conversation starter.

Thanks for the request, Danielle!

Someday I will get this added to In the meantime…here’s the link:

Peanut Allergy Awareness (with a hint/tint of pink) Peanut Allergy Awareness (in Pink)

Friends, I am so behind on allergy news. I got the video segment done, which I hope you enjoyed, but the audio is hopefully going to get recorded sooner than later. Allergies have had my whole family in a bind lately–although, we did get a new Dyson and a steam vac, and hope to have some sort of new air purifier in place before the end of next week.

Thanks for your patience!!!

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Pecan recall-cookies!

July 6, 2006 at 11:39 am (Allergy News!, recalls)


July 5, 2006

Publix Super Markets is recalling Publix Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough due to
undeclared pecans.

The product was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South
Carolina, and Tennessee.

The product comes in a refrigerated package labeled “Publix Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough (18-oz. ‘Chub’ size)” with a date code of 17 Sept. 2006 and an
item code (UPC) of 41415-00703.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund or replacement. For more information, visit the
company’s Web site,

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The new Twinject epinephrine device for emergencies due to allergic reactions

July 4, 2006 at 9:05 pm (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!)

Click here to watch!

Please feel free to email the video, blog it, etc.  I hope it helps you to become informed about our new choice on the market.

I plan on doing more videos, as well as finally finishing up the latest audio podcast.  I have so much news in my inbox, it’s crazy!

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A very polluted weekend

July 3, 2006 at 8:26 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!)

Well, we took a jaunt out of town this weekend to visit Thomas the Tank Engine in New Haven, KY.  Wonderful time, but upon returning to the smog and pollution of the Louisville area, three out of the five of us got sick.

The baby, who just turned one on the 26th, was miserable, up all night coughing and having what sure seemed like a full-blown asthma attack.  I was lethargic (highly unusual) and our 3 y.o. was coughing all night.  The coughing was going on before we left, didn’t occur while we were out of town, and started right back in when we got on the Watterson Expressway (which circles Louisville).

Do you have experience with this sort of thing?  I’d love to hear your stories.  Please call 1.888.65.GCAST and enter CALL.LESLEA and pin number 1111 “#” and start talking.

In the meantime, Allergy News podcast will be delayed, obviously…and the news I need to include just keeps piling up!  :O

Talk at ya soon–I hope to hear from you in the meantime.

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