Peanut Allergy Alert

February 27, 2007 at 9:30 am (alert, Allergy News!, peanut, recalls, USA)

PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT
February 26, 2007

Daiei Trading-Chicago-Co., Inc. is recalling 8.8-oz. packages of Bean
Cracker, “Itomo Mame Mix” due to undeclared peanut.

The product was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The Bean Cracker, “Itomo Mame Mix” comes in an 8.8-oz. clear plastic
package, with item number 22-3163, and UPC code 784145220251.

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 (630) 752-0089.

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Milk allergy alert

February 23, 2007 at 4:11 pm (Allergy News!, medical, milk, USA)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
February 23, 2007

The Grainless Baker is recalling “Gluten and Casein Free Sandwich Bread”
due to undeclared milk.

The recalled “Gluten and Casein Free Sandwich Bread” is packaged in an
uncoded 18-oz. plastic bag and was sold in Connecticut, New Jersey, New
York, and Pennsylvania.

Consumers who have purchased the product should return it to the place of
purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (570) 689-
9694.

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Egg Allergy Alert

February 21, 2007 at 4:15 pm (Allergy News!, egg, USA, Websites)

EGG ALLERGY ALERT
February 21, 2007

The American Italian Pasta Company (AIPC) is recalling Giant Eagle
brand “Egg Free Pasta Ribbons” due to undeclared egg.

The product was distributed in Giant Eagle supermarkets in Maryland, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The product is identified as “Giant Eagle Egg Free Pasta Ribbons” 12-oz.,
UPC 3003404596.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to Giant Eagle for a
full refund.

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Milk allergy alert

February 20, 2007 at 8:13 pm (alert, Allergy News!, cooking, milk, recalls, safety, USA)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
February 20, 2007

Vita Specialty Foods, Inc. is recalling the sauces listed below due to
undeclared milk.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores except
for the “Virginia Tech Hot Wing Sauce” and the “IU Hoosiers Varsity Wing
Sauce” that were distributed in Virginia and Indiana, respectively.

The recalled products are identified as:

“Scorned Woman Wicked Wing Sauce” 18-oz., “Best Before” dates 5/04/07
through 1/18/08

“Jim Beam Hot Wing Sauce” 5-oz., “Best Before” dates 4/17/07 through 11/7/07

“Jim Beam Hot Wing Sauce” 13-oz., “Best Before” dates 1/26/07 through
12/19/07

“Jim Beam Gourmet Foods Hot Wing Sauce” 1-gal., “Best Before” date 10/25/07

“IU Hoosiers Varsity Wing Sauce” 12-oz., “Best Before” dates 1/10/07
through 7/26/07

“Virginia Tech Hot Wing Sauce” 12-oz., “Best Before” dates 1/10/07 through
7/26/07

“Budweiser Barbecue Sauce” 19-oz., 77-oz., 1-gal., and 5-gal., all “Best
Before” dates through 6/11/08

“Budweiser Basting Sauce” 14-oz., 71-oz., 1-gal., and 5-gal., all “Best
Before” dates through 12/19/07

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to dispose of them or
contact the company at (800) 974-4778 with questions or for a refund.

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AllergyMoms.com conference

February 8, 2007 at 5:18 pm (Allergy News!, Canada, conferences, education, kids, medical, safety, social issues, USA)

Well, I missed the opportunity to meet some kick-ass Allergy Moms.  Here are some photos and info about ladies who are taking the matter of life-threatening food allergies into their own hands, serving our community and vowing to contribute to a change.

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Sara Shannon signing a letter she wrote to Senator Orie on ehalf of “AllergyMoms” back in Oct.

For those of you unfamiliar with Sara Shannon–she is the mother of the young Canadian girl who died of anaphylaxis in the fall of 2003.  The news story broke hearts around the world, and as I hear of it, the girl’s mother is changing lives as an activist to protect other children from a similar fate.

Listen to Sabrina explain life with allergies in the documentary she made about life with severe allergies, at age ten.

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Attendees of note:

Front row:
Robyn O’Brien, Gina Clowes, Sara Shannon, Susan Taichman-Robins, Maria
Acebal

Back row:
Anna McCartney, Maureen Polensky, Kristie Serio, Catrina VonderMeulen,
Teresa Newlands

Robyn (Boulder, CO)
Gina (Cranberry Twp,PA)
Sara (Ontario, Canada)
Susan (Philadelphia,PA)
Maria (Washington, DC)

Anna (Seattle,WA)
Maureen (Bucks Count,PA)
Kristie (Dallas, TX)
Catrina (Cincinnati,OH)
Teresa (Cleveland,OH)

As you can see, this conference was exceptionall well-attended!  I will be checking my email more closely in the future.  I’m so bummed that I missed this.

Speakers:

Pennsylvania State Senator Jane Clare Orie
Sara Shannon, Food Allergy Advocate, Ontario
Todd Green, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Terri Brown-Whitehorn, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP),
Susan Taichman-Robins Esq.,Pennsylvania Coalition for Food Allergy
Kristie Serio, Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) Texas
Anna McCartney, Food Allergy Education and Support Team ( FEAST), Seattle
Maria Acebal Esq., Safe@School Partners, Washington, DC
Robyn O’Brien AllergyKids Foundation, Boulder
Paul and Catrina VonderMeulen, Food Allergy Advocates, Cincinnati
Maureen Polensky, RN, Pennsylvania Coalition for Food Allergy
Barry Lank from Lank/Beach productions is Toronto
Gina Clowes, AllergyMoms
AllergyMoms Food Allergy Support and Advocacy Group

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Coupon codes for allergyware.com gear

February 8, 2007 at 1:39 pm (alert, coupon, gear, kids, Photos, Products, safety, social issues, Websites)

Use these coupons for discounts on your purchases at my cafepress stores:

DES144 = $10 off a $25 purchase (expiration unknown)

CLOUDRADARS = $5 off a $20 purchase (expires 2/10/07)

My allergy alert gear stores offer $5 flat-rate shipping, so no matter how much you buy, you pay $5 for standard delivery.

Thanks so much for your business.  I’m sorry that we’re dealing with food allergies, but I’m glad that we can do it together.

Have a reaction-free week, and I will keep looking for time in the near future to record a new episode of Allergy News!

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Milk allergy alert

February 6, 2007 at 1:51 pm (Allergy News!, milk, USA)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
February 6, 2007

The Wornick Company is recalling “Gerber GRADUATES FOR TODDLERS, lil’
entrees, chicken & pasta wheel pick ups in sauce with peas” and “Gerber
GRADUATES FOR TODDLERS, lil’ entrees, beef ravioli in tomato sauce with
green beans” due to undeclared milk.

The products were distributed to retail stores nationwide.

The following products are subject to recall:

5.8-oz. packages of “Gerber GRADUATES FOR TODDLERS, lil’ entrees, chicken &
pasta wheel pick ups in sauce with peas.” Printed on the bottom of each
package are the UPC code “15000 04870” and “21 Dec 07” followed by numbers
between and including “0858 and 1053.” The establishment number “P-19076”
is printed inside the USDA seal of inspection.

5.5-oz. packages of “Gerber GRADUATES FOR TODDLERS, lil’ entrees, beef
ravioli in tomato sauce with green beans.” Printed on the bottom of each
package are the UPC code “15000 04876” and “20 Dec 07” followed by numbers
between and including “1030 and 1127.” The establishment number “19076” is
printed inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800)-443-7237.

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Let’s talk about fish protein

February 6, 2007 at 1:20 pm (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, fish, medical, milk, recalls, Science, social issues, Websites)

A very enlightening email!!

Dear AllergyKids’ Friends,

DNA from Fish Protein Found in Ice Cream
According to ABC news and University of Cincinnati researchers, one of the nation’s leading ice cream brands and some of their popsicles contain the DNA (genetic material) from fish protein.  Scientists added a cloned protein from a fish in order to make the ice cream smoother.

Fish is one of the top eight food allergens.  So please take a moment to read and to forward this important email.

What other foods containing DNA and genetic material should I be aware of?
Foods that contain the DNA and genetic material of other animals and plants are called “genetically modified” foods.

The first genetically modified food was a tomato – introduced in 1994.  The tomato had the DNA (genetic material) of a fish injected into it to make the tomato last longer on grocery store shelves.

A poll conducted in December 2006 revealed that most Americans don’t realize that they’re eating genetically modified food, and that 60 per cent have no idea that it’s in their diet.  Genetically modified foods can include soy, corn, dairy, eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, and fish.

What does “genetically modified” mean?
Scientists take the DNA (genetic material) of one organism (like the fish) and inject it into the DNA of another organism (like the tomato).  By injecting one organism with another, the structure of the food protein is changed.  Children with food allergies are allergic to foods’ proteins (egg protein, milk protein, peanut protein, etc.).

When were genetically modified foods introduced?
Widespread introduction of genetically modified foods (“GMOs”) began ten years ago.  Beginning in the 1990s, corn was genetically modified so that it could produce its own insecticidal toxin that the corn plant releases as it grows.  Today, 70% of “corn” as we know it is genetically modified.

In 1998, the genetically modified soybean was introduced and a 50% increase in the number of people with soy allergy was seen in that year alone.  Today, 90% of “soy” as we know it is genetically modified.  According to the New England Journal of Medicine, when the soybean was genetically modified with a nut, it induced an allergic reaction in 7 out of 9 cases.

Does the sudden increase in the number of children with food allergies correspond with the introduction of genetically modified foods?
AllergyKids finds it interesting that genetically modified foods were only introduced ten years ago and that research shows that within the first five years of the introduction of the genetically modified soybean, the number of children with the peanut allergy doubled.

Parts of the genetically modified soybean are identical to known allergens.

Corn is the fastest growing genetically modified crop and one of the fastest growing food allergies in children.

What else should I know about genetically modified foods?
Genetically modified foods (“GMOs”) have altered food proteins.  Children with food allergies are allergic to food proteins. GMOs can be found in 70% of all processed foods as well as in infant formula, baby food, frozen pizzas and fruit juices.

Currently, the list of genetically modified foods intersects with the list of the top 8 allergens (including wheat, soy, dairy, egg, fish, nuts) as well as lesser known allergens (corn, tomatoes, pork and chicken).

Labeling of genetically modified foods is required in Europe, Asia, Australia and most developed countries because of the unknown health risks of genetically modified foods (“GMOs”).  Just this week, Europeans requested additional labeling for milk, meat and egg products derived from animals fed genetically engineered crops.

No human trials have been conducted to test the safety of GMOs.

Please forward this email to others and encourage them to sign up for our free newsletter.  As we learn more about GMOs, you can help protect the health of your family and friends, as we learn more about genetically modified foods and the unknown role that they play in the health of our children.

AllergyKids needs your support to continue this important research.
Every time that you purchase AllergyKids’ stickers for your child’s preschool or an AllergyKids’ med case to carry your child’s epinephrine; you are supporting our independent research on behalf of all of these children.

We understand that you will have questions since 60% of Americans have never heard of a “GMO”, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

More information is also available on our Resources page at http://www.allergykids.com or by conducting a keyword search: “GMOs and food allergies”.

With hope for the cure,

Robyn O’Brien
Founder, AllergyKids
Mother of Four
1.800.671.1525

I encourage all of you to sign up for Robyn’s email list!

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another recall – this one milk and soy

February 5, 2007 at 1:19 pm (Allergy News!, milk, recalls, soy)

MILK AND SOY ALLERGY ALERT
February 5, 2007

Morgan Foods is recalling its 18.6-oz. cans of “Kroger, ready to serve
SOUP, CHUNKY Classic Chicken Noodle” due to undeclared milk and soy.

The product was distributed to stores nationwide.  The bottom of each 18.6-
oz. can has the “Best by” date of “BB 10/26/08, CCBRP J2606.” Each label
has the number “P-1469” inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Consumers who have questions may contact the company at (812) 794-1269.

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Almonds alert

February 5, 2007 at 8:18 am (Allergy News!, almond, Canada, nut-free, recalls, USA)

ALMOND ALLERGY ALERT
February 2, 2007

“Café Tasse brand Lait Café” chocolate bar is being recalled in Canada due
to undeclared almonds. It is likely this product has also entered the
United States.

“Café Tasse brand Lait Café” chocolate bar, milk chocolate with coffee
filling, a product of Belgium, is sold as a 45-g bar bearing UPC 5 400219
505405. All codes of this product are affected by this alert.

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