Archive for March, 2006

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by SB Anderson on March 29th, 2006

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream is recalling 56-oz. packages of Nestle Country Creamery Toll House Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Nestle Country Creamery French Vanilla Ice Cream due to undeclared egg. The ice cream was distributed throughout Wal-Mart stores in Texas. The 56-oz. ice cream packages are coded on the bottom with “Best If Purchased By 11/10/06.” Consumers who have purchased the ice cream should call the Nestle Country Creamery Consumer Call Center at (888) 837-4438 for a full refund.

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by SB Anderson on March 29th, 2006

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Anthony-Thomas Candy Company is recalling 6-oz. and 12-oz. packages of Filled Easter Eggs due to undeclared egg. The Filled Easter Eggs were distributed through retail stores between January 27, 2006 and March 27, 2006 in the following states: AL, CO, CT, IL, IO, MA, MI, MS, NY, OH, TN, TX, WV, and WI. The following flavors are included in the recall: Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter, Butter Cream, Fruit and Nut, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Fudge Pecan, and Maple Walnut Fudge with production code numbers from 6027 to 6083. The product is packaged in a cardboard package with a clear cellophane top panel in which the filled egg can be viewed. Consumers who purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (877) 226-3921.

New celiac test easy, quick

Posted by SB Anderson on March 27th, 2006

From Italy’s ANSA.it: “Italian researchers have developed an inexpensive and quick test for celiac disease or gluten intolerance, making it easier for doctors to spot sufferers. The test, which will be patented and distributed by private companies Diagene and Bionat, will take five minutes to run compared to the eight hours in traditional testing, the researchers said.” Read more here.

Children – and adults – find challenges with food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on March 27th, 2006

From Michigan’s Saginaw News: “…’Most of the foods we enjoyed — green beans, cabbage, black eyed peas — Dena wouldn’t eat any of it. She always had a (stuffy) nose and the sniffles. She was constantly rubbing and pushing at her nose,’ Carolyn Pruitt said. Her daughter rubbed her nose so persistently, a wrinkle creased the bridge of her nose. The distinctive marking eventually signaled trouble when she finally walked into the office of an allergist five years ago. ‘He knew instantly that I had severe allergies,’ said Dena Pruitt, a claims examiner for Saginaw Unemployment Insurance Agency. ‘Many times kids will outgrow milk allergies and some other food allergies,’ said Mary Jane Hofelich, 52, a registered dietitian and certified specialist of pediatrics at MidMichigan Medical Center of Midland. ‘Usually peanut and nut allergies are lifelong.’ ” Read more here.

Kids’ food allergies take toll on parents

Posted by SB Anderson on March 24th, 2006

From FOX News: “Parents take special care to tend to their kids’ food allergies, new research shows. About 2 percent to 8 percent of children have food allergies. Some food allergies can be severe and even life-threatening. People with food allergies must strictly avoid their trigger foods, and that means extra work for parents of kids with food allergies, note the University of Maryland’s Mary Bollinger, DO, and colleagues.” Read more here.

SD Pharmaceuticals Inc. reports positive efficacy data on its non-immunogenic paclitaxel formulation

Posted by SB Anderson on March 24th, 2006

From Genetic Engineering News: “SD Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SDP) today announced that it has completed a battery of pre-clinical studies on its novel nano-emulsion formulation of paclitaxel. This formulation is designated SDP-013 and is a proprietary nano-emulsion that does not contain any immunogenic solubilizer or macromolecule carrier.” Read more here.

Reactions won’t keep pole vaulter from pursuing her dreams

Posted by SB Anderson on March 24th, 2006

From the UK’s Scotsman.com: “Currie pole vaulter Kirsty Maguire is determined to continue with her athletics career despite the fearful personal health problems which almost ruled her out of competition here.” Read more here.

A life without Gluten

Posted by SB Anderson on March 24th, 2006

From Michigan’s Daily Mining Gazette: “It can be found in bread, pasta, beer, sauces and even candy. It adds chewiness to baked goods, puts the richness in a chowder, and is absolutely essential to a hefeweizen.
It’s gluten, and provides no end of problems to the 15 percent of Americans who are allergic or intolerant to it.” Read more here.

New support for celiacs

Posted by SB Anderson on March 24th, 2006

From North Dakota’s Grand Forks Herald: “Most people who need to grab a quick lunch can order a pizza or grab a sandwich. But those options aren’t readily available to people with celiac disease. Wheat, or more specifically gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, isn’t a food option for those who have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, or celiac disease. Deb Zaks was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in November 2004.” Read more here.

The business of baking without allergens

Posted by SB Anderson on March 23rd, 2006

From Massachusetts’ Boston.com: “If you ask Jill Robbins what makes her chocolate chip cookies special, she doesn’t tell you what’s in them, she tells you what’s not: eggs, dairy products, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts. A clinical psychologist with no practical baking experience, Robbins said her Gak’s Snacks of handmade baked goods aren’t being sold just for money, but to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of people who have food allergies, including her son, who was just a year old when she began experimenting in the kitchen seven years ago.” Read more here.