Archive for December, 2005

New label law will clear up ingredient confusion

Posted by SB Anderson on December 31st, 2005

From New London, Connecticut’s The Day: “For those with severe food allergies, learning to decipher a food label is a survival skill. Those allergic to milk shouldn’t eat any food with a label listing caseinates, hydrolysates or lactalbumin, all of which contain milk. Foods containing lysozyme, albumin or ovomucoid are off-limits to those with egg allergies.” Read more here, including a list of allergen-related terms.

Gluten-free tops U.S. specialty food purchases

Posted by SB Anderson on December 31st, 2005

From Pennsylvania’s KDKA in Pittsburgh: “Food allergies and intolerances have created a whole new trend in the food industry and gluten-free foods are at the top of the list. Americans spent more than $660 million on gluten-free products in 2005.” Read details here.

Allergens clearly labeled on foods, thanks to new law

Posted by SB Anderson on December 31st, 2005

Published through the KRT Wire in Indiana’s Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, but originally written by Liz Doup of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “Nicolas’ mom tucked a marshmallow into his lunch bag as a treat. But it made him so ill, he struggled to breathe. The guilty ingredient: casein, which comes from milk. Nicolas is allergic to milk. ‘I read the label,’ says his mom, Terri Cloutier of Wellington. ‘Who’d think that was milk?’ Label reading just got easier for Cloutier and others dealing with food allergies. More important, it got safer. A new federal law that goes into effect Jan. 1 requires manufacturers to label eight allergy-triggering substances in common language.” Read more here.

Parents of FA kids: What’s safe to eat?

Posted by SB Anderson on December 31st, 2005

From The Connecticut Post: “Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And, obviously, it’s a necessity. But the very food that sustains us can also kill. When the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies certain foods as enemies it attacks the invaders, prompting any number of reactions, from annoying skin rashes to stomach discomfort to the life-threatening throat swelling. Such was the case last month when 15-year-old Christina Deforges, of Canada, died after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich hours before.” Read more here.

New food label laws to ID allergens clearly

Posted by SB Anderson on December 29th, 2005

From Salt Lake City, Utah’s KSL-TV: “For 11-million Americans who struggle with food allergies, knowing what’s in their food is serious business. Food allergy reactions send 30-thousand people to the emergency room every year and kill up to 200 people. Now the federal government is making it easier to know.” Read details here.

Are peanut allergies increasing or are more being diagnosed?

Posted by SB Anderson on December 29th, 2005

From Michigan’s Detroit Free Press: “Q: I never used to hear about peanut allergies, especially fatal ones. Is the number increasing? A: Experts differ on whether more people are becoming allergic to peanuts or more cases are being recognized and reported.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by SB Anderson on December 29th, 2005

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, “Publix Super Markets is issuing an allergen warning on Publix Key Lime Pie (whole, half and single serve slices), sold between Dec. 13 and Dec. 27 at stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee due to undeclared egg.Customers who have purchased the product may return it to their store for a full refund or replacement.”

Teen speaks out about food allergies on Capitol Hill

Posted by SB Anderson on December 28th, 2005

From Gaithersburg, Maryland’s Gazette.net: “Marissa Astor, 16, of Potomac always thinks twice before she fills her plate at a party or orders from a restaurant menu.
What concerns Astor is the possibility the food may trigger a serious allergic reaction.” Read more here.

Great story about living with FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on December 28th, 2005

This is a very well-done story from the Eugene, Oregon’s Register Guard. It covers everything from the danger of kissing to helping FA kids learn to live in an allergen-filled world, advocating and educating along the way. The reporter did a great job of talking with teens, parents, school officials, doctors and even friends of one girl who is allergic to peanuts. Check it out: “Of the countless frightening scenarios that have swirled through Greta and Randy Sangder’s minds since they learned their daughter had a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, a deadly kiss wasn’t among them.” Read more here.

Another report on the new label laws

Posted by SB Anderson on December 28th, 2005

A brief news report from Texas’ KGBT4-TV covers some of the benefits of the new label law for folks with food allergies. Check it out here.