Archive for July, 2007

Eateries working to become more allergy-friendly

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

From Ft. Collins, CO’s The Coloradoan: “Justin Finesilver knows what it’s like for his dinner choices to be limited by allergies. Finesilver is lactose intolerant and has learned what dishes to avoid at certain restaurants. But he also knows the special accommodations restaurants make for customers with allergies. As manager at Austin’s American Grill in Old Town, he’s part of a collaborative effort among all employees to cater to customers with allergies such as gluten or wheat.” Read more here.

Could it be… an allergy-free peanut?

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

From San Francisco, CA’s Medgadget.com: “The details are murky, and you can call us skeptical, but according to a report from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, its researcher Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna developed a strain of peanuts that is free of allergens. Since IgE mediated allergy of peanuts is due to two proteins–vicilin (Ara h1) and conglutin (Ara h2)–we would imagine the development of a new strain is quite a complicated process. The press release, however, claims 100% success in elimination of these antigens.” Read the details here.

Principal refines peanut ban

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

From Illinois’ Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette: “Speaking to parents at a hastily called meeting, Principal Trudy Walters said she’s modifying her ban on peanuts at Barkstall School. But, Walters said, the school is stepping up vigilance about life-threatening allergies.” Read more here.

Some expert advice for parents of FA kids

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

Some guidance from a pediatric allergist on Hawaii Channel.com: “Recently I completed an oral food challenge on an elementary school student. The child was found to be extremely allergic to peanuts. Her mother asked me numerous, but very good questions about food allergies. This prompted me to write down some facts about food allergies for those who may be interested or who has a child who is food sensitive.” Read more here.

Reusing peanut butter jars…is it safe?

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

From D.C.’s Washington Post, check out a recent Dear Heloise column here. While the rest of the column is interesting, scroll down to the “Peanut Allergy” item for a good reminder. It’s nice to see these thoughts/warnings mentioned in non-food allergy related pieces.

Researcher develops allergen-free peanut

Posted by SB Anderson on July 26th, 2007

From CNet News.com Blog: “A release from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University says researcher Mohamed Ahmedna has developed whole, roasted peanuts in which the allergen is completely inactivated and that serum from people with severe peanut allergies did not react to the processed peanuts at all. The university paper does not explain the process at all. However, it claims the technique inactivates peanut allergens without degrading the taste or quality of treated peanuts.” Read more here.

Food labels need more info?

Posted by SB Anderson on July 26th, 2007

From Daytona Beach, Florida’s News-Journalonline.com: “It sounds ridiculous. But for an estimated 12 million Americans with severe food allergies, warnings provide much-needed notice that could help them avoid a trip to the emergency room or even the morgue — as many as 200 die each year from allergic reactions to all kinds of food. The problem comes when consumers try to decipher the warnings. Sometimes, they advertise something obvious — that a candy bar with almonds might contain, well, almonds. Or that whole-wheat bread probably contains gluten, a wheat protein. But some ingredients can be deceptive.” Read more here.

ID company expands to help more than allergic kids

Posted by SB Anderson on July 26th, 2007

A press release from PR.com: “AllergiK ID, a company initially created to help parents identify and protect their food-allergic children, has broadened its mission. After countless requests from parents of children with various health issues, among them Diabetes, Asthma, Seizure Disorders and Celiac Disease, AllergiK ID is, effective immediately, Stat Kids (www.statkids.com).” Read more here.

Pregnant women confused about their diets

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2007

From the UK’s This is London: “The majority of pregnant women are unsure about what they should eat and drink during their term, a survey has found. Sixty per cent of women polled said there did not know which foods were safe to consume during their pregnancy. Foods which caused particular confusion were cheese, shellfish, eggs, tuna and nuts.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – Milk

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2007

From Newsfood.com: “Lifeplan Products Ltd has withdrawn a batch of Culturecare Probiotic supplements owing to incorrect allergen labelling, which means that it is labelled ‘dairy free’ when it isn’t. This makes it unsafe for consumers who are allergic or intolerant to milk or milk constituents. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert. Customers with a milk (casein) allergy are advised not to eat this product.” Read the details here.