Milk allergy alert

May 16, 2007 at 4:39 pm (alert, Allergy News!, labeling, milk)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
May 16, 2007

Adeline’s, Inc. is recalling biscuit sandwich varieties due to undeclared
milk.

The affected products are: “Adeline’s Steak and Cheese,” “Adeline’s Steak,
Egg and Cheese,” “Adeline’s Bacon,” and “Adeline’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese.”
They were distributed from lunch trucks and vending machines in Nashville,
Tennessee from May 4 through May 11, 2007.

The products are individually wrapped and packaged in clear plastic wrap
and bear the following labels: Adeline’s Steak and Cheese, approx. wt. 6-
oz., Adeline’s Steak, Egg and Cheese, approx. wt. 7-oz., Adeline’s Bacon,
approx. wt. 4-oz., and Adeline’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese, approx. wt. 5.5-oz.

Consumers may contact the company for information and return instructions
at (615) 650-6555.

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Hostess Mini Pound Cakes – undeclared walnut

May 14, 2007 at 12:03 pm (alert, food, kids, labeling, nut-free, walnut)

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.

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To my blogger friends on blogspot.com

May 9, 2007 at 6:29 pm (Blog & Websites, Blogroll, cooking, food, labeling, legal, legislation, medical, social issues, Websites)

Allergic Girl, on Please Don’t Pass the Nuts:

Keep on keepin’ on.  We need truth in food preparation, even GMOs!!  I am so fired up about Frankenfoods right now.

Food Allergy Queen:

Your blog is awesome!

Sorry I am blogspot-challenged today.  I don’t know what the deal is, but google has it out for me, I think.  Giving me t-rubble!

To all who send me notes, comments, or who bump into me online: I am sorry for not being a better “reciprocal” blog reader and commentor.  I am outright swamped.

Today I took a few minutes and actually READ a few allergy blogs for the first time in months.  It was awesome.  I have missed it.  Being a full-time mom again is really all-consuming, what can I say?

I highly recommend the above two blogs!

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A note from Ria Sharon of Checkmytag.com, and note from me on what it’s like to be an allergymompreneur

May 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm (Allergy News!, Blog & Websites, Blogroll, Canada, Contributors to the Podcast, education, gear, kids, labeling, newspapers, peanut, Products, social issues, USA, Websites)

Most of our friends and family are amazingly thoughtful and ask, “Is this safe?” before they give our little guy anything to eat. A few just give me the box so I can check the label. But almost all will admit their discomfort with making the call themselves, partly because they are not sure what to look for when they are reading packaged food labels.

Next week is Food Allergy Week so we are making extra efforts to promote food safety for our food-allergic friends and loved ones. The Spring issue of our bulletin, Be Aware. Be Safe. is devoted to taking the mystery out of the new labeling laws. Please help us raise awareness and understanding of food allergies, by passing this .pdf along to your friends, co-workers, educators, and childcare providers.

Also, visit our Community page, http://www.checkmytag.com/community.html beginning May 20th to read personal accounts from the blogosphere on how food allergies have changed the daily lives of a growing number of families.

Thanks for helping to keep kids safe,

Ria

Ria is a very warm and helpful individual.  Please check out her site!  It is not just about “selling shirts” for her.

Someone recently accused me of only doing this blog to direct people to my allergyware.com site.  She didn’t say it accusingly, but rather matter-of-fact.  As if.  😦  Why do I make the shirts?  Why did I do it in the first place?  Because allergies are a “growth industry?”  Because I was looking to make a quick buck?  C’mon.  My kid could DIE if he eats a peanut.  There were no shirts at all out there for sale except from England, when he tested positive for peanut.  What would YOU do?

Honestly, it is issues like the above that I am using this hiatus to think over.  I don’t want anyone to think that it is my desire or motivation to profit from my son’s life-threatening allergy.  The fact is, I’m not a millionaire who can set up a fund to research the cure.  I do not have the time to volunteer a lot and do a lot of political stuff, plus I do not have the temperament for it.

What I am is a writer with a degree in accounting.  I am a business person by training and a story-teller by birth.

I write this blog and I sell tee-shirts because I buy the tees myself.  My kid also wears shirts by other allergymompreneurs.  He took his first field trip today with his medicine in a bag from allergykids.com (thanks, Robyn).

If you are so cynical that you think for the past five years I have enjoyed some kind of status as Allergy Tee Shirt Emperor, then you are forgetting the heartbreak and daily stress and agony that go along with safe-guarding a child who is too young to speak for himself.

Pushing six years old, he is finally getting closer to being able to speak up for himself to people about his allergy.  He still can’t read, give himself his epinephrine shot, or measure out his own Benadryl.  He is dependent on any adult in his vicinity to notice if he develops hives, has trouble breathing, his eyes swell up, etc.

So I made him shirts.  When he was recently fed a nut-containing brownie at school, I sent him to school the next day in an allergy shirt, in addition to talking to his teachers about what happened.  You know what?  Call me materialistic & opportunistic and any other “istic” that you want, but I FELT BETTER knowing his shirt said this in big letters:

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(this was him four years ago, nearly exactly!)

This is him today, in a Nut Free Zone hoodie:

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I love this child.  He is not a model, a product spokesman, a clotheshorse, or a mannequin to hang shirts on.

HE IS MY CHILD.

If you think I’m doing this blog and doing my shirts for the money, or you wonder why I don’t do more: I am doing what I can, where I can, with what I can.

I love my children, all three of them, and I am doing my best.  This blog is filled with photos, links, articles, podcasts, recalls, news, you name it.  I am doing my best.  I doubt I will ever give up the blog, but for now I am not in the frame of mind to do videos or audio podcasts.  I probably will again.  I do not feel like I am “done,” you know?  But my time is sort of maxed out right now.

Now head on over to Ria’s site, or any of the awesome Allergy Mom (and Dad) sites listed in this blogroll.

Sorry for the tangent, but I think it deserves to be said: Allergy Moms who started Allergy businesses have their hearts in the right place. They should be commended, not distrusted!

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Mayfield Ice Cream recall

May 9, 2007 at 1:37 pm (alert, Allergy News!, ice cream, labeling, nut-free, peanut, USA, Websites)

PEANUT ALLERGY ALERT
May 9, 2007

Mayfield Dairy Farms is recalling “Mayfield Turtle Tracks” ice cream due to
undeclared peanuts.

The product was distributed to retail stores in Northern Alabama,
Northwestern Georgia, Southeastern Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The product is packaged in 1.75-qt. cartons with a code date of 4/11/08 and
plant code of 47225 on the side of the lid of the carton. The UPC code is
75243-20120.

Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase
for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the
company at (800) 629-3435.

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Allergy Conference Call

April 19, 2007 at 10:14 am (Allergy News Podcast. Listen free., Allergy News!, almond, Blog & Websites, cooking, food, labeling, medical, USA, Websites)

Have a listen.

I could not get into the conference call, but it is a very educational conversation.

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Allergy Alerts – wheat, peanuts, tree nuts

April 19, 2007 at 10:06 am (alert, Allergy News!, almond, cooking, food, labeling, nut-free, peanut, tree nut, wheat)

WHEAT ALLERGY ALERT
April 18, 2007

Patrick Cudahy, Inc. is recalling “ROSELI SOPPRESSATA” (salami) products
due to undeclared wheat.

The salami products were distributed to restaurants, caterers, and the food
service industry in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida,
Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The product was sold in 10-lb. cartons (containing 4 packages each)
of “ROSELI SOPPRESSATA.” Each label bears the establishment number “EST.
28” inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each package also bears a packaging
date code of “6313,” “6346,” “6356,” “7003,” “7018,” “7026,” “7047,”
“7058,” or “7086.”

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (866) 534-0197.

PEANUT, ALMOND, PECAN, WALNUT, AND CASHEW ALLERGY ALERT
April 16, 2007

Harry & David Operations Corp. is recalling five types of candies because
they may contain undeclared peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews.

The candies were distributed throughout the United States through Harry and
David Stores.

All lot codes of the products listed below are being recalled. The products
were sold in 6-oz. paperboard boxes with a folded over top. The boxes are
striped in several color variations.

• “Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Walnut Cherry Caramel Indulgence”
candies in green and cream striped boxes

• “Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Peanut & Peanut Butter Indulgence”
in red and cream striped boxes

• “Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Pecan Cranberry Caramel Indulgence”
in dark red and cream striped boxes

• “Whole Almond Confection” in brown and white striped boxes

• “Whole Cashew Confection” in dark red and cream striped boxes

Consumers are requested to return product to the place of purchase for a
full refund. Consumers with questions may phone the company at (800) 233-
1101.

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And another milk allergy alert

April 11, 2007 at 9:52 am (alert, Allergy News!, cooking, food, labeling, milk, recalls, safety)

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
March 30, 2007

Acapulco Bakery is recalling packages of Lorenzo brand “Conchas de Sabor
Vainilla,” “Cuernitos de Canela,” “Hojaldras,” “Croissant,” and “Sweet
Mexican Bread” varieties due to undeclared milk.

The products were sold in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.

The recalled Lorenzo brand “Conchas de Sabor Vainilla,” “Cuernitos de
Canela,” “Hojaldras,” “Croissant,” and “Sweet Mexican Bread” varieties come
in an uncoded plastic bag, lacking a weight declaration.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should return them to
the place of purchase.

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Allergy alerts! 3! US and Canada – Harry & David, Tickleberry, Greenleaf

April 11, 2007 at 9:49 am (alert, Allergy News!, Canada, labeling, milk, nut-free, peanut, tree nut, USA)

Harry & David Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert on Harry and David Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Walnut Cherry Caramel Indulgence for Undeclared Peanuts And Cashews
Contact:
Harry & David Operations Corp.
800-345-5655

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 6, 2007 — Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, is recalling approximately 65 – 6 oz. boxes of Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Walnut Cherry Caramel Indulgence because they may contain undeclared peanuts and cashews.People who have an allergy to peanut or cashew products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Harry & David is recalling all Dark Chocolate Clusters The Ultimate Walnut Cherry Caramel Indulgence boxes with a “Best Before” date of 071123. These products are: 6 oz. paperboard boxes with a folded over top. The boxes are green and cream striped. The “Best Before” date is printed in black ink and located below the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of the box.

These products were distributed throughout the United States through Harry and David Stores since March 15, 2007. Sales of this product have ceased.

There have been no injuries reported to date. Anyone concerned about a potential illness associated with this product should contact a physician immediately.

The recall was initiated after it was determined that the product contained peanuts and cashews. Investigation into the cause is ongoing.

Consumers are requested to return product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may phone the Customer Service division at 800-345-5655, 24 hours a day.
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ALLERGY ALERT
UNDECLARED MILK, SOY, SULPHITES, PEANUTS AND WHEAT IN TICKLEBERRY’S CHOCOLATE COVERED DRIED FRUIT PRODUCTS
OTTAWA, March 28, 2007 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Tickleberry’s are warning people with allergies to milk, soy, sulphites, peanuts and wheat proteins not to consume Tickleberry’s Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit products described below. The affected products contain milk, soy, sulphites, peanuts and wheat which are not declared on the label.

The following Tickleberry’s Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit products, sold in 100 g packages, are affected by this alert. These products have been distributed nationally.

Product Undeclared Allergen
Chocolate Dried Blueberries Milk, Soy, Peanuts
Chocolate Dried Cherries (Pastel) Milk, Soy
Chocolate Dried Cherries (Dark) Milk, Soy, Sulphites
Chocolate Dried Strawberries Milk, Soy
Chocolate Dried Raspberries Milk, Soy
Chocolate Dried Apricots Milk, Soy, Sulphites, Wheat
Chocolate Dried Cranberries Milk, Soy
Chocolate Dried Cranberries (White) Milk, Soy
Chocolate Cherry, No Sugar Added Milk, Soy

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to milk, soy, sulphites, peanut and wheat proteins.

The manufacturer, Tickleberry’s, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Dale Hoy at Tickleberry’s
250-490-5281

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Milk, Soy, Sulphites, Peanuts and Wheat, five of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca.

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Media enquiries:

Dale Hoy at Tickleberry’s
250-490-5281
Shashi Kulkarni (English)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food Recall and Emergency Response
613-368-1622 Julie Lacoursière (French)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food Recall and Emergency Response
613-760-4044
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http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/recaltoce.shtml

___________ALLERGY ALERT
UNDECLARED SESAME SEEDS IN NINO D’AVERSA BREAD CRUMBS
OTTAWA, March 23, 2007 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to sesame seeds not to consume Nino D’Aversa Bread Crumbs. The affected product may contain sesame seeds which are not declared on the label.

The affected product, Nino D’Aversa Bread Crumbs, is sold in 375 g containers bearing UPC code 0 65763 00120 6. All codes are affected by this alert.

This product has been distributed in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to sesame seeds.

The manufacturer, Nino D’Aversa Bakery Ltd., Downsview, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Armando or Domenic, Nino D’Aversa Bakery Ltd., at 1- 416-638-3271;
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on sesame seeds, one of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca.

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Media enquiries:

Shashi Kulkarni (English)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food Recall and Emergency Response
613- 368-1622 Jean-Louis Michaud (French)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Operations Co-ordination – Quebec Area
1-866-806-4115

MILK ALLERGY ALERT
April 3, 2007

Greenleaf is recalling “Lemon Bars” due to undeclared milk.

“Lemon Bars” were sold to consumers in a single retail store, Elevated Ice
Cream Company in Port Townsend, Washington. The product is not packaged and
therefore not coded. The bars are sold individually at the retail store’s
counter.

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 (360) 379-0989.

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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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