Archive for February, 2007

Catering industry falls short in service to FA folks

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From the UK’s Belfast Telegraph: “Shocking new figures have revealed serious shortfalls in the service being provided by Ulster’s catering industry to people suffering with a potentially deadly peanut allergy. Research carried out at premises across Northern Ireland found that 17% of samples sold to Environmental Health Officers claiming to have a peanut allergy actually tested positive for peanut protein. On an Ireland-wide scale, 55% of samples which tested positive for peanut protein came with the wrong advice, while one in 10 serving staff showed no understanding of peanut allergies.” Read more here.

College leads way with peanut ban

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Northern Ireland’s Newry Democrat: “Schools and food outlets in Newry and Mourne are being urged to follow the example of one Newry school and ban any food containing peanuts from being sold in the canteen or tuck shop. As part of St Colman’s College healthy eating initiative, the school has outlawed any food products containing peanuts.” Read more here.

Allergy forum uncovers many opinions

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Beverly, Massachusetts’ Wakefield Observer: “Concern over potentially deadly food allergies has led to some strict controls over what is served in the town’s school buildings and what foods students can bring in themselves. It’s a policy that hasn’t sit well with some, and over 40 parents, teachers and students attended last week’s food allergy forum at Wakefield High School to express their concerns to a panel of Wakefield school officials.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk/soy

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Georgia’s Duluth Weekly: “Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers that Morgan Foods of Austin, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling 6,317 pounds of chicken noodle soup because it contains milk and soy without listing them on the label. The soup was sold at Kroger stores. The product label indicates that the can contains chicken noodle soup. However, the can contains chicken, potato and broccoli soup with cheese.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Georgia’s Duluth Weekly: “Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers that Water Lilies Food, Inc., of Astoria, New York, is recalling 77,730 pounds of pork dumpling and won-ton products because they do not list egg whites on the label.” Check out the details here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Lisle, Illinois’ Foodconsumer.org: “Vitalabs, Inc. of Jonesboro, GA is voluntarily recalling all containers of Egg Protein Powder in Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry flavors…because they contain undeclared dairy content. People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.” Get the details here.

Lack of school nurses of great concern

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From St. Paul, Minnesota’s The Pioneer Press: “Eighth-grader Abbey Jaeger pushed herself too hard in a gym class last month as she ran quickly back and forth between two lines on the floor. Abbey, a 14-year-old diagnosed with exercised-induced asthma, was having trouble breathing and began hyperventilating. Patients with the condition also can experience tightness in the chest and relentless coughing and, in rare cases, can die. When Metcalf Junior High School nurse Sheli Waldron called, Maggie Jaeger, Abbey’s mother, did not panic. Waldron had listened to Abbey’s lungs and checked her heart rate — as she had done before.” Read more here.

Cooking for people with food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on February 8th, 2007

From Denver, Colorado’s 9NEWS.com: “There is new hope for parents who have kids with food allergies. It was inspired by a little girl named Sophie who was allergic to everything from wheat to eggs to peanuts. Sophie’s mom, Emily Hendrix, wrote the cookbook called ‘Sophie: Safe-Cooking.’ ” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on February 3rd, 2007

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, United States Bakery is recalling all 12-oz. packages of Betsy Ross Brand “Chocolate Donuts” and “Old Fashioned Donuts” because the whey listed on the label does not declare it is a derivative of milk. The recalled “Old Fashioned Donuts” and “Chocolate Donuts” are sold in convenience stores in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The donuts are packaged in red, white, and blue boxes with a package code prior to and including SELL BY FEB 9 FS. There are 6 donuts per package with a net weight of 12 ounces. Individual product containers are identified with UPC#72220-22080 and UPC#72220-22081. 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 (206) 322-0931 or (888) 307-2867.

Allergy alert – cod

Posted by SB Anderson on February 3rd, 2007

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Unilever is recalling “Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon” cubes due to undeclared cod fish. The affected “Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon” cubes were distributed in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Products may have reached consumers through retail stores in these states and adjoining areas. The affected product is packaged in 2.5-oz. (72g) cartons (6 cubes in each carton) marked with UPC # 4800171162 located on the end flap of the carton and Best If Used By date of MAR17 2007 located on the end flap of the carton. Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to discard it immediately and contact the company at (866) 839-9455 for a full refund.