Archive for December, 2006

Scientists get go-ahead for genetically engineered peanuts

Posted by SB Anderson on December 24th, 2006

From Georgia’s Macon Telegraph: “A leading industry group has given scientists the go-ahead to build genetically engineered peanuts that could be safer, more nutritious and easier to grow than their conventional version. The work could lead to peanuts that yield more oil for biofuel production, need less rainfall and grow more efficiently, with built-in herbicide and pest resistance – traits that have already been engineered into major crops such as cotton, corn, soybeans and canola.” Read more here.

Allergy alert — egg

Posted by SB Anderson on December 24th, 2006

From Toronto, ON, Canada’s CNNMatthews: “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Charcuterie La Tour Eiffel Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume President’s Choice brand “Pork and Ham Pate” – Cognac flavour, described below. The affected product contains egg which is not declared on the label. The following product is affected by this alert: President’s Choice brand “Pork and Ham Pate” – Cognac flavour, sold in 150 g size packages, bearing UPC 0 60383 11327 8 and the Best Before date up to and including 07FE15 (February 15, 2007). This product was distributed in Ontario and Atlantic Provinces.” Check out the details here.

Are dental professionals up on FAs?

Posted by SB Anderson on December 24th, 2006

From Tulsa, Oklahoma’s RDH, a magazine for dental hygiene professionals: “…Do we know what is in the products that we recommend to patients every day? More patients need to know and are asking (see sidebar.) Professionals assume products are safe for everyone because they are not aware of any problems occurring in the past. But what if they’re wrong? In the case of my sister and many others, serious injury and death could occur because of our incorrect assumptions.” Read more here.

School’s peanut allergy issue resolved

Posted by SB Anderson on December 24th, 2006

From New Jersey’sThe Randolph Reporter: “The grade K-12 school district and the parents of a third grader with severe peanut allergies have agreed to a series of measures they hope will limit the child’s potential contact with peanut or peanut products.” Read more here.

Holidays can be especially difficult with FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on December 21st, 2006

From Casper, Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Star-Tribune: “On the first day of Christmas, Jace George’s parents watched him intently as he ate the piece of chocolate hidden behind the paper window in his Advent calendar. Marcee and Jeff George were looking to see if their 4-year-old developed hives, vomited or stopped breathing. Listed in the nutritional information for the chocolate was a scary little sentence: Made in a facility that processes tree nuts and peanuts. Jace is severely allergic to tree nuts and his parents said even though the allergy is something they deal with daily, the Christmas season is the most difficult time of the year to keep track of what Jace eats.” Read more here.

Finding allergy cures

Posted by SB Anderson on December 21st, 2006

From Australia’s The Courier-Mail: “Queensland scientist Cliff Hawkins has formed a biotechnology company he hopes will be able to help people with chronic food allergies. Natbio Solutions has been studying the potentially life-threatening peanut allergy, ironically using another food source – natural ginger. Natbio was formed in 1996 to try to find a natural food with components that could get rid of various health problems. The company has developed a technology based on natural ginger that reduces the risk of food intolerances and allergies.” Read more here.

Peanut allergy theories abound; more research needed

Posted by SB Anderson on December 21st, 2006

If you can ignore the obnoxious headline for this story from the UK’s Daily Mail, you’ll find some interesting information: “Many experts believe the current advice to parents to keep peanuts away from their babies may be making the problem worse. In Africa, Asia and China, where peanuts are a staple food and routinely given to young children, rates of peanut allergy are lower than they are in the West. Other research suggests the opposite – that early exposure to peanuts makes an individual more susceptible.” Read more here.

Researchers look for baby volunteers

Posted by SB Anderson on December 21st, 2006

From Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK’s Bounty: “It seems that kids today have more allergies than previous generations and now scientists are attempting to find out what causes children to develop an allergy to peanuts by testing them over seven years….Researchers at Kings College in London will carry out the £5 million study by asking parents of babies aged four to 11-months-old who have been diagnosed with egg allergy or eczema to volunteer.” Read more here.
Another story on the same topic from UK’s Times Online.

Study: Increased exposure may tame egg allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on December 15th, 2006

From New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press: “Children who were allergic to eggs were able to overcome the allergy by gradually increasing the amount of egg they ate, U.S. researchers say. ‘Participants who took a daily dose of egg product over the two-year study period were able to build up their bodies’ resistance to the point where most of them could eat two scrambled eggs without a reaction,’ researcher Dr. A. Wesley Burks, chief of the division of allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center, said in a prepared statement. The small pilot study involved seven youngsters, ages 1 to 7.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on December 15th, 2006

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Unilever is recalling “Ragu® Pasta Sauce, Old World Style, Marinara”, UPC # 3620000400, Best If Used By SEP20 2008, due to undeclared milk. The formula also contains ground beef. The affected product is packaged in 1-lb. 10-oz. (26-oz.) (737 g) glass bottles marked with UPC # 3620000400 located to the right side of the front label and Best If Used By date of SEP20 2008 located on the bottle cap. The affected “Ragu® Pasta Sauce, Old World Style Marinara” was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to discard it immediately and contact the company at (866) 839-8138 for a full refund.