Archive for January, 2005

Company goes allergen-free in its pork plant

Posted by SB Anderson on January 31st, 2005

Calumet Diversified Meats, located in Wisconsin, is now one of a small number of 100% allergen and MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) free plants in the pork industry. This company has dedicated its facility to be free of the top eight food allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy and fish. Check out the details here

Even in Ireland, celiac is more common than imagined

Posted by SB Anderson on January 31st, 2005

It seems that all around the world celiac disease is running rampant. Yes, even in Ireland. Researchers and doctors are finding that more and more people must deal with this condition, which requires avoiding all gluten products. This story does a good job of presenting what has gluten and what’s gluten-free, as well as symptoms, effects of the disease and more. Check it out here

Research team awarded for celiac research

Posted by SB Anderson on January 29th, 2005

Those who must deal with the challenges of celiac disease should be reassured by the news that researchers around the world are looking into various aspects of the condition. For example, a team of doctors headed by Dr Ajit Sood, Professor and Head, Gastroenterlogy Unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in India, has received a national award for its research into celiac disease. The award will enable the team to continue its research. Read the details here

New Zealand company touts its gluten-free good taste

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2005

Healtheries Simple, which has been specially designed in consultation with the coeliac societies of Australia and New Zealand, includes 17 new products. They cover four categories – cereals, pastas, snacks and baking products – and include foods like hot breakfast cereal, lasagne sheets and macaroni, crackers and shortbread, muffin, bread and baking mixes. Check the story out here

NC teen dies after allergic reaction at mall

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2005

A 14-year-old girl was doing what most teens do without a worry: shopping at the mall and eating. Tragically, this girl’s peanut allergy made eating at the mall (or anywhere else) more of a challenge than for most kids. The report on her death refers to her eating at the mall’s food court before the reaction. It doesn’t mention whether she had an EpiPen with her or what she might have done to help herself. But the end result is something we parents of kids with severe food allergies fear so much. Read more here (to access the story, you will need to register with the newspaper).

A more detailed story from the Charlotte Observer answers my initial questions, but does nothing to ease my sorrow for this girl and her family.

Different perspectives on allergies and intolerances

Posted by SB Anderson on January 24th, 2005

This three-part story from the UK provides differing perspectives on food allergies and intolerances, just in time for “Food Allergy and Intolerance Week.” A dietician shares her views on how “trendy” it’s become for people to claim food intolerances are making them ill. She suggests that perhaps some folks are not truly afflicted, but instead need to evaluate the amount they eat and the speed with which they eat. Hmmmm…. Then, there’s a short piece about a 50-year-old man who has what sounds like an anaphylactic allergy to almonds, but doesn’t have an EpiPen. Double hmmmm….. And lastly, there’s the woman who discovers that a gluten-free diet improves her overall health, especially her asthma. For me, the only part that didn’t make me cringe was the third one. See what you think. Read the story here

Here’s another story addressing the difference between food allergies and food intolerances, as well as the confusion that can result from self-diagnosis and misdiagnosis. Check it out here

This story also references “Food Allergy and Intolerance Week” with vignettes that address eating out both from the perspective of the allergic/intolerant and of the restaurant industry. My fave quote? From one restaurant’s head chef: “We try and treat all our customers as well as possible. After all it’s not their fault that they have a food allergy. ” Amen! Check out the details here

UK allergy awareness campaign underway

Posted by SB Anderson on January 24th, 2005

Allergy UK plans to focus on the difference between food allergies and intolerances during the upcoming “Food Allergy and Intolerance Week.” The group also hopes to offer tips on how these two increasingly common problems can be both identified and managed. Read the details here

Recall — soy protein in donuts

Posted by SB Anderson on January 22nd, 2005

A Canadian company is recalling packages of Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped and Cinnamon Sugar Donuts because they contain soy protein, not the pea protein listed on the label. Get the details here and scroll down to the fourth news item…

More information provided here

Gluten-free pastas and can be yummy

Posted by SB Anderson on January 22nd, 2005

As anyone who must avoid gluten can tell you, gluten-free foods can be far from tasty. Those with celiac disease are especially in need of foods high in protein and fiber without gluten. Good taste would be a nice addition. In response to this need, Heartland Ingredients has created a new product line of gluten-free pastas and flours. Check out the story here

Research brings some promise

Posted by SB Anderson on January 22nd, 2005

Research reported in the past year has raised the hopes of those with food allergies and their advocates. Though this Associated Press story refers to research already reported, it’s good to remind us that scientists are pushing for advances. Xolair, an asthma medication, has shown some promise in a study with those allergic to peanuts. And another group of researchers announced in November that they have had success with a vaccine of sorts, used on food allergic dogs. Check out the details here

A similar story from a New York TV station here

Yet another version of the story from Minneapolis here