Archive for January, 2007

Educate caregivers about child’s allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on January 30th, 2007

From Wilmington, Delaware’s The News Journal: “Q: We just found out our 3-year-old is extremely allergic to peanuts. We can and will do whatever it takes to keep him safe at home, but what about when he’s at his grandmom’s house or our best friends are baby-sitting him? Can we not only educate them about peanut allergies, but also ask them to take the same precautions we do? We don’t want to come across as too demanding or cause them to get defensive.” Read the answer here.

Allergy alert – eggs

Posted by SB Anderson on January 29th, 2007

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, El Norteno Distributors is recalling “BROWN CORN COOKIES (ROSQUETE DE MAIZ)” due to undeclared eggs. The recalled “BROWN CORN COOKIES (ROSQUETE DE MAIZ)” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in a 6-oz., clear plastic bag with no lot codes. Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (305) 597-4454.

Allergy alert – soy

Posted by SB Anderson on January 28th, 2007

A press release from the Government of Canada Newsroom: “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to soy protein not to consume the Shirakiku brand Honey Panko Japanese Bread Crumbs described below. The affected product contains soy which is not declared on the label.” Read the details here.

Traveling with FAs challenging, but can be done safely

Posted by SB Anderson on January 28th, 2007

From Illinois’ Chicago Tribune: “For millions of people with food allergies, every trip seems like adventure travel. Like mountain climbers and trekkers, they must have their own gear and rely on themselves to cope with risks that could prove life-threatening. ‘It’s like Russian roulette,’ said Jamie Hintzke of Pleasanton, Calif. ‘You’ve got to be super careful.’ The challenges can be formidable, but they needn’t keep sufferers from leaving home, doctors and travelers say. They just have to prepare.” Read more here.

Milk allergy? There’s safe chocolate out there for you

Posted by SB Anderson on January 28th, 2007

From Medford, Oregon’s Mail Tribune: “When Sam Melner learned that he was allergic to dairy products, he was unwilling to accept his doctor’s directive to swear off chocolate. ‘I didn’t quite believe him,’ he said. A chocoholic, Melner knew chocolate came from the cacao plant, and that milk was an additive to commercial chocolate. He started doing research and experimenting in his kitchen and soon developed what he considered a tasty dark chocolate made without dairy or other additives.” Read more here.

Wine producers question possible federal label law changes

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From California’s Wine Spectator Online: “Federal authorities are considering changing wine labeling laws to require vintners to list allergens such as egg whites and milk proteins that are often used to fine and clarify wine. The wine industry, however, is fighting the change, arguing that there’s little proof that such a warning on wine labels is appropriate or even necessary.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From Allergyware.com: “Wegmans Fat Free Garden French Dressing is being recalled due to undeclared milk. The product was distributed in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Wegmans Fat Free Garden French Dressing is sold in 16-oz. clear plastic bottles. The product bears the UPC 77890 81871 and is marked with the best before date code of AUG 22 07. The code is followed by a 4-digit military time stamp. Consumers may return the product for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may call (519) 527-0610.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – soy

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From Canada’s Saskatoon Homepage.ca: “People who are allergic to soy protein are being warned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency not to consume the Shirakiku brand Honey Panko Japanese Bread Crumbs. The affected product contains soy which is not listed on the label. The product of Japan is sold in 350 gram packages bearing the UPC: 0 74410 02520 5. The bread crumbs have been distributed in Saskatchewan, B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Consumption of the product may cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people with allergies to soy. So far, there have been no reported illnesses from the product.”

What it’s like to live with an FA – first-hand

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From Davis, California’s The California Aggie Online: “We hear about studies that show more and more children being diagnosed with food allergies and about legislation passed to protect those who suffer from them, but few of us actually know someone with a severe food allergy. I’m allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. I’m lucky — I’ve learned to control my allergy and can prevent most instances of an allergic reaction. If I do come into contact with a peanut or a tree nut, my lips instantly begin to swell and ache. It feels like having chapped lips, only magnified. I usually become very short of breath, as if an elephant were standing on my chest. Sometimes I get dizzy, sometimes I get intensely itchy hives — it depends on how much of the allergen I’ve been exposed to.” Read more here.

Udder confusion – milk or no milk?

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

From the UK’s Times Online: “To write about milk is to take your life in your hands. There is probably no food that inspires more vehement accusations and counter-accusations than the white stuff. Some are bound to be aired again in the coming days during Food Allergy and Intolerance Week, as stories of bad reactions to milk are used to promote the oat, soya and rice alternatives available. In the blue corner we have cow’s milk as a cause of hosts of allergies, heart disease and breast cancer, not to mention excess phlegm. In the red corner we have milk as intrinsic to bone health, and protective against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Meanwhile, on the sidelines, there are those advocating organic milk as nutritionally superior. So should you aim for the milk moustache or never touch the stuff again?” Read more here.