Archive for August, 2007

Medical board reacts to allergen-peanut with skepticism

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

A response from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to the announcement of the creation of an allergen-free peanut: “As you may have seen in the news, a researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University claims to have developed a way to make allergen-free peanuts, and says his new process doesn’t affect the taste or quality…FAAN’s Medical Advisory Board members have reacted to the announcement with skepticism, and to the storm of media coverage with concern.” Read more here.

New law made to protect FA students

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From Long Island, NY’s Newsday.com: “Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a measure Thursday that will require the creation of state guidelines for managing life-threatening allergic reactions in schools. The state Commissioner of Health is required to develop model state standards for managing the risk of food allergies and anaphylaxis _ potentially deadly allergic reactions.” Read more here.

School considers peanut-free

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From Des Moines, Iowa’s WHOTV.com: “A Des Moines school is declaring itself a ‘peanut-free zone,’ or at least the principal is asking students not to bring food with peanuts or tree-nuts to school. Peanut allergies seem more prevalent every year, and the Downtown School in Des Moines is the latest school or day-care to go ‘peanut-free.’ ” Read more here.

Finding allergen-free foods

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From Utah’s KUTV.com: “In today’s Healthy Living report, millions of Americans suffer from food allergies. For them eating well is often no picnic. For parents of allergic children, it’s a daily stress worrying about what their child is consuming. But now a whole new batch of snacks is hitting the market claiming to be allergy safe!” Read more here.

Mustard allergy emerges as deadly threat

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From India’s Themoneytimes.com: “The emergence of mustard allergy as a potential life-threatening allergy today is best highlighted by the case of 3-year old Emily Evans-Corkery. The girl with the curly hair and light colored eyes is the picture of childhood mischief.” Read more here.

Greater FA precautions needed

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From The Wall Street Journal: “More than half of Americans who suffer from serious food allergies say they have suffered an allergic reaction because they lacked information or received inaccurate information about the foods they ate, a new poll shows.” Read more here.

Alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

A press release from BusinessWire.com: “Ian’s Natural Foods, is voluntarily recalling Wheat Free, Gluten Free Recipe Popcorn Turkey Corn Dogs because they may contain undeclared milk product in one of the ingredients. People with an allergy or sensitivity to milk could experience an allergic reaction if they consume this product. Distributed nationwide, Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free Recipe Popcorn Turkey Corn Dogs are sold in 8 ounce packages in the frozen food section.” Read the details here.

Man suing McD’s for allergic reaction

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From UK’s Daily Record: “A man is suing McDonald’s for £5million after being given a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger. Jeromy Jackson says the fast food giants responsible for the alleged mix-up, which he claims landed him in hospital. Jackson, 20, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, believes he deserves the payout after he had a severe reaction to cheese on his burger.” Read more here.

More on milk allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From Mayoclinic.com: “Cow’s milk is one of the most common allergy-causing foods in children, and it’s the leading cause of allergic reactions in very young children. Milk allergy affects about 2 percent to 3 percent of infants worldwide, and its signs and symptoms can be serious enough to cause distress not just for an allergic child, but also for the child’s family. The good news is that most children outgrow a milk allergy by age 2 or 3.” Read more here.

Traveling with FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From DC’s The Washington Post: “My husband has severe food allergies. We want to travel to Europe but need to prepare our own food. Where can I find rentals with kitchens?” See the answer here.