Someone fed my kid a peanut at school

March 30, 2007 at 3:48 pm (education, food, kids, school, social issues)

Well, last week we had our first problem at my son’s school. A child mother brought in brownies for a birthday celebration, and even though my son had his own safe cookies to enjoy, another child told him her brownie was safe, and she shared it with him. It did contain peanuts.

The good news was that he did not have an anaphylactic reaction. He got two bumps on his arm. However, I wouldn’t have known about the incident at all if my son hadn’t told me.

What could have happened?

His teacher expressed concern, but the whole thing makes me wonder if we are doing the right thing sending our child to a public school. I don’t think you could ask for a better school than this. It is wonderful.

BUT, they compromised Sam’s safety.

Would it be conscionable to compromise any child’s life? Would it be okay to bring in a poisonous snake if only one child in class could possibly be poisoned by it?

I have been criticized for drawing these parallels, but I challenge you to draw a better one.

My kid was okay this time. But what if there is an increased frequency of incidents in the future, because they know this peanut didn’t kill him? What if he starts getting repetitively accidentally exposed, because no one else in the classroom has to be supervised in this way?

Flat-out, letting an allergic child eat a dangerous food is an act of disregard for that child’s safety.

We have had problems with there being lentils in the room, as well. I just don’t get that they are very concerned about the reality of this stuff being unpredictable and dangerous for Sam.

I’m not an alarmist. I’m a mother striving for a safe learning environment for her child.

I wouldn’t take your child out to sit on the highway for story hour, so PLEASE do not feed my child peanuts. It is the same thing. It is life-threatening, inconsiderate, and unwise.

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milk allergy alert

March 30, 2007 at 3:26 pm (Allergy News!, food, labeling, milk, recalls, safety)

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MILK ALLERGY ALERT
March 30, 2007

Healthy Corner Foods Inc. is recalling certain chicken and turkey salads;
and turkey, turkey salad, and chicken salad sandwiches due to undeclared
milk.

The recalled Corner Foods Salads and Sandwiches were sold in New York City
and New Jersey. The following varieties of sandwiches are included in the
recall:

“Vegetarian Turkey Sandwich” – 6-oz., plastic film wrapped, all codes
“Vegetarian Turkey Salad Sandwich” – 6-oz., plastic film wrapped, all codes
“Vegetarian Chicken Salad Sandwich” – 7-oz., plastic film wrapped, all codes
“Vegetarian Chicken Salad Sandwich on Whole Wheat Pita” – 6-oz., plastic
film wrapped, all codes
“Vegetarian Turkey Salad” – 6.5-oz., plastic container, all codes
“Vegetarian Chicken Salad” – 6.5-oz., plastic container, all codes

Consumers who have purchased the affected Healthy Corner Foods Salads
and/or Sandwiches should return them to the place of purchase.

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Food allergy alerts

March 29, 2007 at 1:33 pm (alert, Allergy News!, cooking, egg, food, labeling, milk, recalls, safety)

EGG ALLERGY ALERT
March 29, 2007

Southeast Asian Foods is recalling “Chiu Chow Fish Paste,” “Chiu Chow Fish
Ball,” and “Chiu Chow Fish Cake” due to undeclared egg.

The products were distributed in Northern California through restaurants,
supermarkets, and retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Chiu Chow Fish Paste” is packed in a clear 5-lb. plastic bag, 40-lb.
plastic gallon bucket, or 14-oz. clear plastic cup.

“Chiu Chow Fish Ball” is packed in a clear 5-lb. plastic bag, or 14-oz.
vacuum plastic bag.

“Chiu Chow Fish Cake” is packed in a 7-oz. or 13-oz. vacuum plastic bag.

Consumers who have purchased the products may return them to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (415) 822-2070.

EGG ALLERGY ALERT
March 23, 2007

Harry London Candies, Inc. is recalling “Harry London Chocolate Fudge and
Peanut Butter Egg confectionery Products” due to undeclared egg.

The products were distributed to various distributors, wholesalers, and
fundraising accounts nationwide in 8-oz. and 3.5-oz. packages with one of
the following bar code numbers: 2179501083, 2179501084, 2179501085, or
2179501086.

Consumers who have purchased the product should discard it and call the
company’s customer service department at (800) 321-0444 Monday through
Friday 8:30-5:00 EDT.

EGG AND MILK ALLERGY ALERT
March 23, 2007

Harry London Candies, Inc. and Macy’s are recalling Frango® Cheggs
branded “Mint Chegg, Double Chocolate Chegg, Marshmallow Chegg, Peanut
Butter Chegg, Caramel Chegg, and Toffee Cheg Egg confectionary Products”
due to undeclared egg and milk.

The products were sold at Macy’s Department Stores.

The products are packaged in 4-oz. and 8-oz. packages and have one of the
bar code numbers listed below.

Candy products with the following bar codes contain undeclared egg:
2179500565, 2179500566, 2179500567, 2179500568, 2179500570, 2179500572,
2179500573, 2179500588, 2179500589, 2179500590, 2179500592, 2179500594

Candy products with the following bar codes contain undeclared egg and
milk:
751756019807, 751756019814, 751756019821, 751756019852, 751756019838,
751756019869, 751756019876, 751756019883, 751756019890, 751756019906

Consumers who have purchased the product should discard it and call the
company’s customer service department at (800) 321-0444 Monday through
Friday 8:30-5:00 EDT.

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Fish Allergy Alert

March 20, 2007 at 8:29 pm (Allergy News!, cooking, fish, food, labeling, recalls, safety, Websites)

FISH ALLERGY ALERT
March 20, 2007

TO: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Members

FROM: The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer
Healthcare

RE: FiberChoice® plus Multivitamins fiber supplement

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is recalling FiberChoice® plus
Multivitamins fiber supplement product, due to an undeclared fish allergen.
One of the raw materials of the product contains fish gelatin, which was
not declared on the product label. The fish gelatin consists of the
following species of fish: cod, pollock, hake, cusk, haddock, redfish,
sole, and flounder.

The affected FiberChoice® plus Multivitamins fiber supplement were
distributed beginning in mid-January throughout the United States through
national retail outlets, including food, drug, and mass merchandisers.

The affected product is packaged in 16-oz. plastic bottles (90 count)
marked with UPC # 5714500581 located on the side of the bottle in black
lettering. One of the following lot numbers appears on the bottom of the
bottle in black lettering:

06L062, 06L063, 06L102, 06M075, 07A001, 07A002, 07A003, 07A004, 07A005,
07A006, 07A007, 07A008, 07A009, 07A051, 07A052, 07A053, 07A054, 07A055,
07A068, 07A069, 07A070, 07A072, 07A073, 07A074, 07A075, 07A076, 07A077,
07A078, 07A080, 07A116, 07A117, 07A118, 07A119, 07A120, 87373901 (display)

No other FiberChoice® fiber supplement is affected by this recall.

Consumers who have purchased FiberChoice® plus Multivitamins fiber
supplement should return it to the retail store where it was purchased for
a full refund. Consumers with questions about the product or this recall
are encouraged to call GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare toll-free at
(800) 819-0681.

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Food Allergy Initiative – New law passed!

March 19, 2007 at 7:44 pm (Allergy News!, food, legal, social issues, USA)

GREAT NEWS!
The Food Allergy Initiative is pleased to report that New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine late Friday evening signed into law bill A961/S79, an important new law that calls on the New Jersey Department of Education to create food allergy management guidelines for schools, and calls on school districts to develop food allergy policies based on the Department of Education guidance.  The new law also clarifies the procedures by which students can carry prescribed epinephrine at school, as well as school staff members becoming trained to administer epinephrine when the school nurse is not immediately available.

The Food Allergy Initiative and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Coalition of New Jersey will be working over the coming months with the New Jersey Department of Education to create the new food allergy management guidelines.

Special thanks to all of you, especially food allergic parent advocates Susan DiAnthony and Barbara Calluori, who helped advocate for the passage of this landmark new law.

Robert M. Pacenza
Executive Director
Food Allergy Initiative
1414 Ave. of the Americas, Suite 1804
New York, NY  10019-2514
212-207-1975 (direct line)
917-338-5130 (fax)
rpacenza@faiusa.org
http://www.faiusa.org

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Peanut Allergies by Brenaya Hewlett

March 19, 2007 at 7:12 am (Canada, education, kids, medical, nut-free, peanut, safety, school, shots, social issues, USA)

“May contain traces of peanuts” “Made in a facility that also processes peanuts.” These are two sentences I hate the most.” The one sentence I love the most, “made in a peanut free facility” Chairperson, honourable judges, ladies and gentlemen and fellow students. I’m going to share with you how a person gets an allergy, what anaphylaxis is and how challenging it is to live with a peanut allergy. Do you like peanuts? Well I sure don’t because to me, they are criminals.

I got my allergy because I was born prone to allergies. I have significantly lower levels of enzyme which breaks down the chemical that causes bronchial spasms. I also have high levels of IgE antibodies that are activated during and allergic reaction. Allergies are hereditary instead of someone just getting it from one parent I got it from both of mine. Because both of my parents are already lacking enzyme to give to me they give me even more IgE antibodies. I got my peanut allergy after I was born. Since I was born prone to allergies that is what started it. When my mom was breast feeding me almost every food made her nauseous but she still needed her proteins so she overdosed on peanut butter and whole peanuts. Since I have low levels of enzyme my kids will have terrible allergies because I have practically none to pass on and way to much IgE to give. Studies show that over sanitized conditions in the west have caused immune systems to overreact to absence of other infections.

What is anaphylaxis? A dictionary defines this as “a term commonly used to denote the immediate transient kind of allergic reaction characterized by a contraction of smooth muscle and dilation of capillaries due to release of pharmacologically active substance classically initiated by the combination of an allergen, mast cell-fixed and cryophilic antibody known as IgE” you might now have understood any of that but in simpler words anaphylaxis is an immediate allergy reaction that completely shuts down every single thing in your body. It is a life-threatening reaction when cells in your respitory system swell causing suffocation, cardiac failure and loss of consciousness. It must be instantly treated with epinephrine to buy you enough time to get to the hospital. Statistics show that 1.5 percent of Canadian kids have deadly peanut allergies and 15 children die a year because their peers at school were eating peanuts around them.

It is extremely challenging to live with a peanut allergy. Just imagine living your whole life knowing you could just touch a door knob and die. Try a little experiment, be me for a week you cant eat anything with any type of nut in it. Each food that you do eat you have to read the ingredients twice to be sure. At the bottom of the list get used to seeing made in a facility that also processes peanuts, and if it does say that sorry you cannot consume. If you accidentally touch peanuts, scrub your hands arms and face for five minutes and air dry. if you smell peanuts cover your mouth and nose and run away until the smell is gone. It is harder than it may look!, And there is always cross-contamination. When you are at your friends house you cant eat anything. If they had peanut butter on the knife and then put the knife in the margarine and you ate it well it is now time to go to the hospital because you are in anaphylactic shock. To sum it up, peanut allergies aren’t just something that the victim takes cautions about but everyone needs to.

In conclusion, 73 percent of people don’t know enough about allergies to be around a person that has severe reactions. Today you heard how people get allergies, what anaphylaxis is and how annoying allergies are. Next time you meet someone with any type of severe allergy show some sympathy for them. If they go into shock get out the epi pen and pull off the grey cap at the tip and jab it in their thigh, believe me it might sound weird but you will be their hero.

Brenaya wrote this speech for school. Thanks for sending it in!

Oh, PS. Sometimes people write to me and say they are having trouble breathing. If you do that, PLEASE go to the emergency room or doctor as before you even finish your email! I would drive you, myself, but oftentimes I get emails from other countries from children saying they are having trouble breathing. As a parent (and a human being) it troubles me to think that you emailed me and then perhaps collapsed.

If you write me once because you are feeling sick, please write me later and tell me you are okay. I worry about anaphylaxis and asthma and what might be happening to you.

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Awesome new Allergy cookbook

March 19, 2007 at 7:04 am (books, Contests, cooking, education, food, Products, social issues, Websites)

I won a copy of The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal, via allergymoms.com.  Since I am into eating organically as well as avoiding our food allergies, this book has great appeal to me!

Thank you, Gina and Cybele!

If you are not signed up for allergymom.com’s great email newsletter, you are missing out.

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Two more recalls today

March 16, 2007 at 7:16 pm (Allergy News!, cooking, food, soy, USA, wheat)

WHEAT ALLERGY ALERT
March 16, 2007

Ben & Jerry’s is recalling “Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream: Peach Ice
Cream with Cinnamon-Sugar Shortbread Pieces & a Peach Swirl” due to
undeclared wheat.

The product was distributed through retail stores nationwide in pint
containers with date codes of Jan 23 2008, Jan 24 2008, Feb 08 2008, or Feb
09 2008 on the bottom of the container.

Consumers who have purchased the product should discard the ice cream and
send the base of the empty container to Ben & Jerry’s Consumer Response
Department, Country Peach Cobbler Refund, 30 Community Drive, South
Burlington, VT, 05403 for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call
the company at (877) 995-4716.

SOYBEAN ALLERGY ALERT
March 16, 2007

Gretchen’s Shoebox Express is recalling packages of “Tuna & Garden Salad
Mixer” due to undeclared soybean.

The product was distributed exclusively on Amtrak Cascade trains running
between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in
between.

The “Tuna & Garden Salad Mixer” is packaged in a clear 3-compartment
plastic container with by a large red “Gretchen’s Shoebox Express” label on
top, and an “Enjoy by” code date label on the bottom of 3-16-07 and prior
dates.

Consumers who have purchased the product or have questions may call the
company at (206) 623-8194.

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Food allergy alerts

March 16, 2007 at 6:40 am (alert, Allergy News!, egg, milk, wheat)

MILK AND WHEAT ALLERGY ALERT
March 12, 2007

Frito-Lay is recalling 2-oz. bags of “Fritos Original Corn Chips” due to
undeclared milk and wheat.

The product was distributed to vending machines and food service operations
in Louisiana and Texas.

The 2-oz. bags are labeled “Fritos Original Corn Chips” with a “freshness
date” of May 8 located on the upper right hand side of the package and with
a 10 digit code number of 62730483692, 62730483592, or 62730483992, which
appears immediately beneath the freshness date.

Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of
purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at
(800) 352-4477.

EGG ALLERGY ALERT
March 12, 2007

Continental Mills is recalling “GFS Buttermilk Pancake Mix” due to
undeclared egg.

The product was distributed through Gordon Food Service, Inc. (GFS)
delivery and GFS Marketplace stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

The “GFS Buttermilk Pancake Mix” is packaged in a 5-lb. cardboard box with
the code date printed on the top flap. The code dates involved have the
first six digits KB6313 and KB6314.

Consumers who have purchased the product should discard it and bring their
receipt back to the GFS Marketplace store for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may call the company at (800) 426-0955 Monday through Friday 8:00-
5:00 PST.

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
March 12, 2007

Hempler Foods Group is recalling “RESER’S FINE FOODS, Premium BEEF SUMMER
SAUSAGE, Natural Smoke Flavoring Added” due to undeclared milk.

The product was distributed to retail stores in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico,
Oregon and Washington.

The product was sold in 16-oz. packages with a “Sell by” date of 3/13/07,
3/18/07, 4/25/07, 5/16/07, 6/16/07, or 8/27/07. Each label bears the
establishment number “EST. 6410” inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Consumers with questions should call the company at (360) 380-6685.

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Airline’s attitude over treatment of allergic passenger slammed

March 16, 2007 at 6:37 am (Allergy News!, newspapers, social issues, travel, UK)

Thanks, Karen, for this submission.

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