WALNUT ALLERGY ALERT
May 14, 2007
Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC) is recalling “Hostess Mini Pound Cake”
due to undeclared walnut.
The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in Alabama, Arkansas,
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,
Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The product comes in 3.25-oz. individual snack packages with the code date
of May 28 53 122 printed on the center of the package just above
the “Hostess Mini Pound Cake” name, and UPC #4500041159.
Consumers may return the product to the store where purchased for a full
refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 483-7253.
Dear AllergyKids’ Friends,
Soy Induced Anaphylaxis in Children with Asthma and Peanut Allergy
As many of you know, soy is one of the top eight allergens. What you may not know is that a child with a peanut allergy can have an allergic reaction after eating a food that contains soy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Resource Center.
How could soy cause an allergic reaction in my child with peanut allergy?
In scientific terms, soybean allergens are “homologous” to known peanut allergens and can be recognized by 44% of peanut-allergic patients.
What that means is that a child with a peanut allergy can have an allergic reaction and even go into anaphylaxis after eating soy. Because this cross-reactivity is rarely mentioned in the press, many parents are unaware of the potential health risks that soy may present to children with peanut allergies.
What are the Signs of a Cross-Reaction to Soy?
According to Ingrid Yman, PhD of the Swedish National Food Administration, these deaths initially appear as an asthma attack, with no or very mild symptoms for the first 30-90 minutes after the consumption of food containing soy. Then, the children suffer fatal asthma attacks.
What Can I Do to Protect My Child with Peanut Allergy?
According to Dr. Yman, PhD of the Swedish National Food Administration, “If your child is allergic to peanuts, you should consider eliminating soy as well as all peanuts from your child’s diet, even if your child has never reacted poorly to soy in the past. Some sensitive children have “hidden” soy allergies that manifest for the first time with a severe – even fatal – reaction to even the low levels of “hidden” soy commonly found in processed food products. Those at the highest risk suffer from asthma as well as peanut allergy.”
The Swedish National Food Administration study analyzed severe food allergy reactions of children that died after consuming soy. These children had known allergies to peanuts but not to soy.
What products contain soy?
Soy can be found in soy milk, tofu, soy sauce, baby formula and other soy products.
Soy is also used in many processed foods, as soy lecithin, soy lectin, soybean oil and other soy derivatives.
Soy is commonly used as animal-feed in livestock.
It is only within the last nine years that soy has become one of the top eight allergens.
Soy has recently been genetically engineered to contain new proteins and potential allergens.
Are there other facts that I may not know about soy?
According to Daniel Sheehan, PhD and director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) National Center for Toxicological Research, soy-fed babies are taking part in “a large, uncontrolled and basically unmonitored human infant experiment.”
The British Dietetic Association now warns parents to avoid soy formula given the results of a 2003 study conducted by Dr. Gideon Lack from St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK.
The French Food Agency will soon require warning labels on all soy foods, soy formulas and soy milk so that consumers will be aware of the risks that soy poses to children under the age of three, those with hypothyroidism, and women with a family history of breast cancer.
In January 2006, the American Heart Association reversed its position on soy.
Why haven’t I heard this before?
AllergyKids is one of the first independently funded food allergy organizations in the world. We highlight all food allergy research that relates to the health and well-being of children and their families.
Being independently funded, AllergyKids is able to avoid conflicts of interest that funding ties may present – the importance of which is detailed in the work of Dr. Susan Linn of Harvard University and Marion Nestle, former editor of the Surgeon General Letter on Nutrition and Health.
What can I do to learn more?
AllergyKids would like to highlight the work of Kaayla Daniel, PhD. In her book, The Whole Soy Story, Dr. Daniel details the cross reactivity between soy and peanut, specifically addressing in detail the risks that soy poses to children with peanut allergy and asthma.
In the United States, the Weston A. Price Foundation is spearheading efforts to address children with peanut allergy who were fed soy as infants and toddlers.
What else can I do?
If you believe that the consumption of soy products or soy formula may have played a role in the development of your child’s food allergies, please contact:
Sally Fallon, President
The Weston A. Price Foundation
PMB 106-380 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20016
Phone: (202) 363-4394
How can I support AllergyKids’ Independent Research?
To support AllergyKids’ independent research, even if you don’t have a child with food allergies, please consider purchasing products for your child or your child’s school or preschool so that we can continue to provide families with the tools to help protect children.
We invite you to follow the lead of Linda, a nurse in upstate New York who conducted a fund raiser with her association of school nurses and purchased custom-designed AllergyKids Kits for every elementary school in the district.
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Please consider forwarding this email to your friends and family in an effort to spread this previously unhighlighted information about the risk that soy poses to children with asthma and peanut allergy.
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If we can ever answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at http://www.allergykids.com or 1.800.671.1525.
As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Some men see things the way they are, and ask ’why?’”
For our children, we see things the way they should be, and ask ’why not?’
In our quest for a cure for these children, no truth is too complex. We must simply have the courage to pursue it.
With hope for our children,
Mother of Four
About Robyn O’Brien: Prior to launching AllergyKids, Robyn was in the process of applying for a PhD after drafting her first book, Sugar Mamas: Nutrition’s Impact on the Health and Well-Being of Mothers and Their Children. When her fourth child was diagnosed with potentially life threatening food allergies, she curtailed her personal pursuit in an effort to create greater awareness of the millions of children with food allergies.
Prior to motherhood, Robyn worked as an analyst on one of the nation’s largest mid-cap portfolio management teams. Her team was responsible for $20 billion in assets, covering everything from Enron, to Ebay to Martha Stewart. Robyn received an MBA in finance on a full scholarship and was a Fulbright Fellow.
In her efforts to create awareness of children with food allergies, she has received encouragement from Erin Brockovich and parents around the world.
Robyn asks that you please consider forwarding this email to others who are looking to protect the health and well-being of their families.
This is a good one! Thanks for all the emails
Got this via email from a local allergy group, Allergy Awareness and Education Group, in Oldham Co., Kentucky.
AAAAI: Kids with Egg Allergy Take a Powder
By Neil Osterweil, Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
February 27, 2007
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SAN DIEGO — Children with allergies to eggs can lose their sensitivity with the help of a little powdered egg and an oral desensitization regimen, according to Japanese researchers.
Explain to parents that oral desensitization regimens such as the one described here should be performed only under the supervision of qualified physicians, as serious allergic or anaphylactic reactions requiring immediate treatment can occur.
This study was published as an abstract and presented orally at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary as they have not yet been reviewed and published in a peer-reviewed publication.
Eleven of 13 allergic children were able to tolerate up to 4 g of powdered egg, about one-quarter of a medium-sized hen’s egg, reported Masuyaki Akashi, M.D, of the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo, and colleagues.
In their study “the reduced risk of critical allergic reaction with accidental ingestion of egg was observed in all patients,” Dr. Akashi reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology meeting here.
Although they typically recommend that young patients with egg allergies be kept on egg-avoidance diets until they reach school age, by which time the majority of children have lost their sensitivity, there are some children who never seem to develop tolerance, the authors said.
On the basis of clinical experience with oral desensitization therapy in the U.S. and Europe, the authors conducted a study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the technique with the 13 egg-allergic children.
The seven boys and six girls had a mean age of 5.5 + 1.5 years (range four to eight). Two of the children had bronchial asthma alone, two had atopic dermatitis alone, and the remaining nine had both.
Powdered egg, starting at a dose of 0.1 mg, was introduced gradually into the diets, and was increased every three of four days, in increasing small increments, over three to six months.
Whenever an objective allergic reaction occurred, the previous dose was given for an additional week, and the child was then started on antihistamine.
The main outcomes measures were tolerance to 4 g of powdered egg, and egg-white specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) and immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) levels in serum.
At the end of the study, 11 of the 13 children had developed tolerance to the full 4 g dose of powdered egg. One of the remaining two children could ingest up to 0.2 g of egg, and the other up to 2.4 g at six months.
All but one of the patients had at least some type of allergic reaction during the therapy, with major adverse events including abdominal pain, vomiting, and oral allergy syndrome, but there were no anaphylactic reactions.
“We conclude that our oral desensitization therapy could induce tolerance for 11 of 13 children with egg allergy safely,” Dr. Akashi said.
Dr. Akashi’s co-author, Yukihiro Ohya, M.D., director of the allergy division at Japan’s National Center for Child Health and Development, said that the lack of anaphylactic reactions and the cautious increase in doses gave them confidence that the oral desensitization regimen could be performed safely at home under close supervision by a qualified physician.
The authors had no relevant financial disclosures.
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Primary source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Akashi M et al. “Oral Desensitization in Children with Egg Allergy.” Abstract 291 presented Feb. 24.