Archive for May, 2005

UK study links excema creams & soy milk to peanut allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on May 29th, 2005

A study out of the UK already is stirring up debate after announcing that the use of excema creams (that contained peanut oil) and soya milk formula caused a marked increase in peanut allergies in children. The researchers seem to dismiss the role of genetics and exposure in utero or by breastmilk, instead claiming that it was the children with excema who developed the allergy more often. Ahem….could it be that the children had excema because of the allergy? It’s entirely possible that the children were exposed previously (in utero or through breastmilk) and their initial reactions included excema. The good thing about the study is that more researchers are looking into the causes (and hopefully, a cure is sure to follow) of food allergies. Another positive outcome from all the attention to the excema cream: manufacturers stopping making it with peanut oil. So, whether the allergy came before the excema or vice versa, the treatment (cream) won’t increase the problem. Read more details here

Peanut allergy: Charlotte Observer tells it like it is

Posted by SB Anderson on May 28th, 2005

Check out the following editorial note from The Charlotte Observer, posted today (May 28):
To grumpy peanut fans and clumsy screenwriters: Nuts!
Some local school systems, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg and most recently Cabarrus County Schools, have decided not to serve peanut products in cafeterias, because a small number of students have peanut allergies so severe that being exposed to them could be fatal.
Such allergies are not something dreamed up by wacko eduators or overprotective parents. In January a 14-year-old girl died at Concord Mills after inadvertently eating Chinese food that apparently contained peanut products. She’s not the only child with such an allergy, although the numbers of kids afflicted is small.
Yet for some unaccountable reason, the peanut ban has angered some gripers, who, we’re sorry to say, apparently think it’s more important for schools to serve peanut butter than it is to keep kids from dying. For everyone’s sake, let’s assume those grumblers are merely ignorant, as opposed to homicidal.
That’s not the only nut-allergy insensitivity going on these days. In the film “Monster-In-Law,” Jane Fonda tries to poison Jennifer Lopez, whose character has a serious nut allergy, by feeding her nuts. Trust us, anyone with such an allergy, or who is related to someone with one, won’t be laughing. Then again, did anyone really expect thoughtful concern out of Hollywood?

EpiPens, Thresholds & Labeling, Oh my!

Posted by SB Anderson on May 27th, 2005

Check out Rose’s most recent column on some big EpiPen changes, as well as efforts to determine “safe” thresholds for the top eight food allergens as part of the new labeling law. Read more here

Newlywed thought she might be pregnant; instead she had celiac disease

Posted by SB Anderson on May 27th, 2005

This woman, who lives in the UK, is like many others who are diagnosed with everything except the actual condition they have: celiac disease. Read what she experienced and how she dealt with the diagnosis here

Food recall — sulfites

Posted by SB Anderson on May 27th, 2005

“Prosperity Resources Int’l, Inc. is recalling Sun Kee Brand Dried Sweet Potato because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.” Get more details here

Mainstream coverage of celiac improving

Posted by SB Anderson on May 25th, 2005

Here’s further evidence that awareness of celiac disease is increasing: Forbes Magazine offers basic information about the condition in its health segment. The brief piece even offers advice to those who have celiac disease but who are not seeing health improvements after cutting gluten from their diets. Check it out here

UK gluten-free market demand increases

Posted by SB Anderson on May 24th, 2005

As more and more people in the UK find themselves gluten-intolerant (many diagnosed with celiac disease), the demand for gluten-free food products is increasing as well. Check out the details here

Food allergy alert — Milk

Posted by SB Anderson on May 23rd, 2005

Troyer Potato Products, Inc. (d/b/a Seyfert’s Foods) is recalling Seyfert’s Original Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to undeclared milk, according to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. The recalled product bears Lot # 0720B15 and was distributed in retail food stores in the South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana, areas. Consumers who have purchased the product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 458-0485.

Change of equipment = label change for Milk N’Cereal Bars

Posted by SB Anderson on May 23rd, 2005

A representative of General Mills, Inc. informed the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network that the company has changed the labeling on its Milk ‘N Cereal Bars. This product will now be manufactured on equipment that also produces products that contain sunflower and peanut ingredients. For this reason, packages of Trix Milk ‘N Cereal Bar, Honey Nut Cheerios Milk ‘N Cereal Bar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk ‘N Cereal Bar, Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘N Cereal Bar, and Variety Pack Milk ‘N Milk Cereal Bar, will be labeled as Contains Wheat, Almond, Milk, Soy, Sunflower, and Peanut Ingredients. Product with this new allergen label is in the marketplace.
Please direct any questions on this matter to General Mills Consumer Services at (800) 231-0308.

Food recall — peanuts

Posted by SB Anderson on May 23rd, 2005

A recall was issued earlier this month for some Edwards Oreo 2pack Frozen Pie Slices due to the presence of undeclared peanuts, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. The alert affects all Edwards Oreo 2pack Frozen Pie Slices with the date code, Y84282. The products come in a blue box and have a picture of a cookie on the cover. They are manufactured by Edwards Fine Foods Inc. While the product was distributed nationwide, there have not yet been any reports of food allergic reactions associated with the pie slices. Still, anyone with a peanut allergy or a related condition who has purchased the recalled product should return the item to the place of purchase for a full refund. Under no circumstances should these individuals eat any of the pie slices. The recall comes as a result of peanuts coming into contact with the product during an oversight in the production and packaging process. Edwards has since corrected the problem.