another milk allergy alert, and update on Allergy News Podcast

January 31, 2007 at 11:29 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, kids, milk, recalls, Websites)

Allergy News will return, I assure you–right now we are still hammered booking Steve’s weddings for the year.  Being self-employed pulls you different directions, what can I say?  But the show will return.  I did not intend to be on hiatus, but the transition to my being home full-time has been a little more challenging than I thought.  Hang in there, faithful listeners.  We shall return.

In the meantime:

January 31, 2007

United States Bakery is recalling all 12-oz. packages of Betsy Ross
Brand “Chocolate Donuts” and “Old Fashioned Donuts” because the whey listed
on the label does not declare it is a derivative of milk.

The recalled “Old Fashioned Donuts” and “Chocolate Donuts” are sold in
convenience stores in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The donuts are packaged in red, white, and blue boxes with a package code
prior to and including SELL BY FEB 9 FS. There are 6 donuts per package
with a net weight of 12 ounces. Individual product containers are
identified with UPC#72220-22080 and UPC#72220-22081.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (206) 322-0931 or (888) 307-2867.


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A bad week for egg allergic folks

January 30, 2007 at 1:16 pm (egg, recalls, USA)

January 30, 2007

Vitalabs, Inc. is recalling all containers of Egg Protein Powder in
Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry flavors due to undeclared milk.

The recalled Egg Protein Powder was distributed nationwide in retail stores
and through Internet sales under the following brand and product names:

Apple A Day Egg Protein (Elijay, GA)
Bellissima Egg Protein (Des Moines, IA)
Body by Todd Egg Protein (Columbus, OH)
Classic Anatomy Gym Mix A Meal (Leonville, LA)
Coad Egg White Protein (Monroe, GA)
Desert Burn Egg Protein (Gainsville, GA)
Fitness Systems Egg Protein (Sinking Spring, PA)
Hannon Health Systems Albumin Isolate (Ozark, AL)
Jay Robb’s Egg White Protein (Carlsbad, CA)
Lanny’s Albumin Isolate (Enterprise, AL)
Len Rossi Egg Protein (Brentwood, TN)
Miracle II Now Egg Protein (Goldsboro, NC)
Mother Nature’s Market Egg Protein (Tucker, GA)
NCP Miracle, Inc. Egg Protein (Kenly, NC)
Nutrition World Egg Protein (Chattanooga, TN)
Olympia Egg Protein (Lawrenceville, GA)
Return To Eden Egg Protein (Atlanta, GA)
Vitalabs’ Chocolate Ultra Egg Protein Powder (Jonesboro, GA)

All three flavors of the Egg Protein Powder were packaged in four different

1250-CC white plastic bottle, net weight 1 lb. (454 grams)
2000-CC white plastic bottle, net weight 2 lbs. (907 grams)
2-gallon white plastic bucket, net weight 6 lbs. (2,722 grams)
4×5-inch silver single-serving packet, net weight 30 grams

Consumers, wholesale customers, and distributors who have purchased the
product are urged to call the company for further instructions at (770) 478-
0006 in the Metro Atlanta Area; or (800) 241-3017 outside the Metro Atlanta


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another allergy update – this time egg

January 29, 2007 at 4:42 pm (Allergy News!, cooking, egg, recalls, USA, Websites)

January 29, 2007

El Norteno Distributors is recalling “BROWN CORN COOKIES (ROSQUETE DE
MAIZ)” due to undeclared eggs.

The recalled “BROWN CORN COOKIES (ROSQUETE DE MAIZ)” were distributed
nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 6-oz., clear plastic bag with no lot codes.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (305) 597-4454.

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Food Allergy Project

January 26, 2007 at 9:53 am (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, video, Websites)

Great website, check out this video page.

Thanks, Gina, for the email.

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Milk allergy alert

January 26, 2007 at 9:50 am (Allergy News!, milk, recalls, Websites)

January 25, 2007

“Wegmans Fat Free Garden French Dressing” is being recalled due to
undeclared milk.

The product was distributed in Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The “Wegmans Fat Free Garden French Dressing”
is sold in 16-oz. clear plastic bottles. The product bears the UPC 77890
81871 and is marked with the best before date code of AUG 22 07. The code
is followed by a 4-digit military time stamp.

Consumers may return the product for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may call (519) 527-0610.

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Milk recall

January 23, 2007 at 7:39 pm (Allergy News!, holiday greetings, milk, recalls, social issues)

January 23, 2007

Elegant Gourmet Inc. is recalling all packages of “Elegant Sweets Chocolate
Cream Truffles” due to undeclared milk.

The products were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail

The Chocolate Cream Truffles packages are not coded, and come in three
different styles/sizes:
8.8-oz. round, brown and beige box, tied with a brown ribbon;
3-oz. pink and white box tied with a pink ribbon; and
4.5-oz. red velvet heart-shaped box with a red ribbon and white roses.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to Elegant Gourmet
for a full refund. The company can be contacted at (425) 814-2500.
Watch out for Valentine’s Day TREATS!!!

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January 21, 2007 at 1:24 am (Allergy News!, cooking, social issues, Websites)

PA-Superman, originally uploaded by TedsBlog.


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My allergy nightmare: Dust Mites

January 21, 2007 at 1:17 am (Allergy News!, dustmites, Photos)

My allergy nightmare: Dust Mites

Originally uploaded by orcagirl.
I’m speechless.

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Latex allergy

January 21, 2007 at 1:13 am (Allergy News!)

ipodmybaby burned-in click wheel onsie

Originally uploaded by driki.

The parents were trying to dress their baby in a cute onesie. Baby turned out to be allergic to latex.


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Boston Legal episode on food allergies

January 20, 2007 at 9:58 am (Allergy News!, education, kids, medical, nut-free, peanut, school, social issues, television, USA)

According to Gina, I missed a TV show featuring food allergies.  A child died of peanut allergy in a classroom scenario–I’M GLAD I MISSED IT.  However, I do hope the show spread some awareness.  Here is a statement from FAAN about peanut allergy, food allergy, reactions, etc:

Boston Legal: It’s not about who is liable

The fictional Boston Legal episode which aired on Tuesday, January 16 th on ABC featured a peanut-allergic child who died after accepting candy brought in from home by a classmate. Unbeknownst to the child, the candy contained traces of peanuts. The teacher was on her cell phone with her back to the class when the reaction began.

When the teacher turned to face the class, she recognized the reaction was occurring and quickly administered epinephrine. Unfortunately, the child died (within 20 seconds of ingestion). The family sued the teacher and lost.  The fictional defense lawyers contended that teachers are over-worked, there are a lack of school nurses to care for students, the family had the means to hire a “shadow nurse or aide” for the child and didn’t, and that they could have sent the child to private school where there is a lower student to teacher ratio and didn’t.

The show accurately depicted the fear and constant vigilance individuals with food allergies live with day in and day out. Hopefully, the lucky viewers who do not have food allergies have a better appreciation for food allergies and will understand when someone says that even trace amounts of an allergy-causing food can be fatal—that they are not kidding.

The show has generated outrage and fear in parents of children with food allergies throughout the country. It also misrepresented a few key facts, which have caused great concern for families raising children with food allergies.

The time sequence presented was designed to be dramatic. It achieved that but was misleading. Fatalities don’t occur 20 seconds after ingestion. Epinephrine, the medication of choice for handling a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, works quickly and patients often respond within minutes.

The lawyers on the show suggested that the family should have sent their child to a private school in order to receive the best care. This argument, however, ignores the fact that federal law grants every child the right to receive free public education. What is more, there is no data to support the notion that children are somehow “safer” in a private school setting.

The lawyers on the show also stated that the family should have hired a nurse to follow the student around and keep the child safe because teachers can’t be expected to keep children safe. This show unfairly depicted how teachers handle food allergies in the classroom. Millions of school-age children with food allergies are kept safe because of the systems in place by teachers, parents, and students working together.

If you have a child with a food allergy:

  • Talk to your child’s doctor and be sure you know what symptoms to look for during a reaction and what action to take. Share this information with anyone who is caring for your child.
  • Speak to your school principal about any concerns for keeping your child safe. Be sure systems are in place to recognize and treat allergic reactions quickly—quick response is key.
  • Remember that the real power lies within the child. Role play various situations, stress not sharing food with others, and suggest the use of FAAN’s Be A PAL: Protect A Life from food allergies program to educate classmates and friends.
  • Let the show’s producers and the network know what it’s like to live with a food allergy. Send a copy of your letter to FAAN.

David E. Kelly Productions
David Kelly, Executive Producer
1600 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 ABC Audience Relations Department

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