Archive for April, 2006

A kiss isn’t just a kiss when it comes to peanut allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on April 28th, 2006

From Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s “Brushing teeth or rinsing with mouthwash aren’t enough to prevent allergen from being passed on to partner. Peanut-allergic people should be discriminating kissers. That’s because if a partner has eaten peanuts, passionate kissing could provoke an allergic reaction. Dr. Jennifer Maloney and her colleagues at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York measured levels of the main peanut allergy-causing protein, or allergen, in the saliva of 10 volunteers after they ate a peanut butter sandwich, and again at several points after they tried various mouth-cleaning methods.” Read more here.

Think you’re allergic? Maybe not

Posted by SB Anderson on April 26th, 2006

From “A rising number of people are cutting important foods out of their diets because they mistakenly believe they have an allergy, doctors warned last night. Although prescriptions for allergies have risen hugely over the past decade – around 1 in 50 children are now thought to have a peanut allergy – the number of dedicated allergy consultants is very small. There are none in Wales to offer specialist advice to people who fear they suffer allergic reactions.” Read more here.

New ID alerts paramedics to health issues

Posted by SB Anderson on April 26th, 2006

A press release from the “Imagine what could happen if you or your children had an accident or serious illness and your medical histories were not available. The wrong drugs could be given, or vital health conditions overlooked, and important symptoms may be misinterpreted or ignored. Paramedicall is a wallet sized card that identifies health conditions that medics may need to know before giving you emergency treatment.” Read more here.

First certified gluten-free tea

Posted by SB Anderson on April 26th, 2006

From “The Republic of Tea®, leading purveyor of premium teas, is the first and only tea company in the United States to be certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) – ensuring all of the brand’s full-leaf and bagged teas are free of gluten and possible cross-contamination from gluten.” Read the details here.

Allergy alert – soy

Posted by SB Anderson on April 24th, 2006

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Amy’s Kitchen is voluntarily recalling, from distribution in the Eastern time zone, a small amount of Cheese Enchilada Whole Meal due to possible mislabeling. Some retail packages may actually contain Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal, which contains soy. The 9.0-oz. frozen product comes in a retail package labeled Cheese Enchilada Whole Meal (UPC 42272 00057), with lot number B216A embossed on a side panel and printed on the overwrap. The packages were packed in February of 2006. Distribution was to Amy’s East Coast distribution center, which in turn distributed the product to retailers. It is estimated that fewer than 160 meals (retail packages) of the 24,312 produced on that day may actually contain mislabeled product. To be cautious, Amy’s is withdrawing 4,320 meals of the product from states in the Eastern time zone. For instructions and/or questions, consumers may call the company collect at (707) 578-7753. Alternatively, consumers can call (707) 578-7270.
Consumers who are allergic to soy ingredients should dispose of the product, keep the package and call for a full refund. Consumers who are not allergic to soy ingredients can consume the product or call for a full refund.

Milk allergic or lactose intolerant?

Posted by SB Anderson on April 23rd, 2006

From New York’s Poughkeepsie Journal: “Question: A friend of mine has a son who is allergic to milk and soy products. Do you have any recommendations for food substitutes so he can get the nutrition he needs? Answer: The first question to be asked is: ‘What do you mean by allergic?’ People call many reactions allergic when they are not allergies at all. When it comes to milk, most ‘allergies’ are really an intolerance of lactose, which is due to a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme in the intestine that digests this milk sugar.” Read more here.

Whole Foods offers gluten-free cooking classes

Posted by SB Anderson on April 23rd, 2006

This from The Miami Herald: “Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse creator Lee Tobin will be teaching gluten-free cooking classes in all Florida Whole Foods Market stores. (Tobin’s own experience with celiac disease and gluten intolerance inspired him to create a popular line of gluten-free breads and sweets.) Here is the Whole Foods demo schedule: • Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: 7720 Peters Rd., Plantation; 954-236-0600 • Wednesday, 2 p.m., 2000 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5655; 7:30 p.m., 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; 954-753-8000 • April 27, 7:30 p.m., 21105 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-933-1543.”

Increase in food allergies prompts stress between parents and schools

Posted by SB Anderson on April 23rd, 2006

From Detroit, Michigan’s “Six-year-old Brandon Gagnon is severely allergic to peanuts, so much so that the slightest contact with them could trigger a life-threatening reaction. ‘Just the smell can make him break out into hives,’ said his mother, Tracy Gagnon, 32, of Macomb Township. His condition has prompted a dispute between his parents and the Cheyenne Elementary School in Macomb Township over the level of care that already financially pressed schools should take to safeguard the health of students. The issue emerges as a growing number of children are diagnosed as suffering from peanut allergies, while others suffer reactions to other nuts.” Read more here.

Mom seeks restrictions, not ban, on peanuts at school

Posted by SB Anderson on April 22nd, 2006

From an Associated Press wire story out of Bismarck, North Dakota: “Julie Kudrna ate peanut butter sandwiches daily in grade school. She ate peanut butter during her pregnancies, and while she was nursing her children. But she worries it could prove deadly for them now. Kudrna, of Minot, wants the public school system to take peanuts and peanut butter off the school lunch menu to protect her children and others who are allergic to them. ‘This is a life threatening allergy,’ she said. Kudrna said she knows of schools in Washington, Canada and along the East Coast that have banned peanut butter, and she thinks the Minot Public Schools also should take some precautions.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – peanut

Posted by SB Anderson on April 21st, 2006

From Australia’s Retail giant Woolworths has recalled a brand of chocolate-coated sultanas after discovering some packs may contain peanuts instead. Woolworths and Safeway supermarkets today issued a national recall of all 300gm packs of HomeBrand Milk Chocolate Sultanas due to incorrect packaging: “A labelling error during the manufacturing process has resulted in the possibility that some packs may contain chocolate-covered whole peanuts, rather than chocolate-covered sultanas. Consumers with a known peanut allergy should not consume this product.” The company said only packs with a best before date of March 30, 2007, were affected by the error. Customers are advised to return any opened or unopened packs to their nearest Woolworths/Safeway store as soon as possible to obtain a full refund.”