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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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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Fish allergy alert

March 2, 2007 at 11:12 am (alert, Allergy News!, fish, food, recalls, safety, Websites)

ANCHOVY (FISH) ALLERGY ALERT
March 1, 2007

Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling “Ranchers Reserve Island Soy Sliced
Boneless Beef Short Ribs” due to undeclared anchovy (fish).

The packages of “Ranchers Reserve Island Soy Sliced Boneless Beef Short
Ribs” carry the establishment number “86J” inside the USDA mark of
inspection.

The product was distributed in 25-oz. to 34-oz. retail packages in Arizona,
California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and
Wisconsin.

The product was also sold in 5.62-pound packages to institutions in
California, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (952) 742-6211.

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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 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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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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