Archive for April, 2008

Allergy alert – Egg

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 17th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Pulmuone Wildwood, Inc., is recalling “Leek and Oriental Noodle Fried Dumplings” due to undeclared egg. The product was distributed through retail stores in California, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas. The product is in white, 25.4-oz. pouches with UPC 801114-306338 and code dates 2/2/2009, 2/9/2009, and 3/6/2009. Consumers with questions may call (714) 578-1487.

Allergy alert – Milk

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 17th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Grand Carnival L.L.C. is recalling “S’morestick Kit” due to undeclared milk. The product was distributed to Garden Ridge retail stores in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The product is in a clear plastic tube with a “use by” date of 2/14/09. Consumers who have purchased the product may call (877) 305-3382 for a full refund.

Allergy alert – Egg, Soy & Wheat

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 17th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Inter-American Products, Inc., is recalling “Private Selection Light Churned Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream” due to undeclared egg, soy, and wheat. The product was distributed to Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The product is in 1.75-qt. containers with a “sell by” date of December 3, 2008, and codes DEC0308 8070 and DEC0308 8080. Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 697-2448.

Allergy alert – Peanut & Almond

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 17th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., is recalling “Chocolate Covered Almonds” due to undeclared peanuts and “Chocolate Double-Dipped Peanuts” due to undeclared almonds. These products were available at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations in 41 states. These products were packaged in a clear, 5-oz. bag with a red-and-white diamond pattern on the label. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 333-9566.

Allergy alert – Milk

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Harry and David, is recalling “Chocolate Covered Select Blend Espresso Beans” due to undeclared milk. The product was distributed throughout the United States in Harry and David stores. The product is in 8-oz. clear plastic bags, tied at the top with a tan ribbon, with “Best if used by” dates after 8/28/05. Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 233-1101.

Summer camp closes door to young FA nature-lover

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From The Daily News of Newburyport (MA): Alex Devlin is a nature fan, his mom said. He has a strong interest in science and nature. He’s a regular at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center in Newburyport. So last spring, when Alex, 6, and his family attended the Frog Night Ponding at Camp Kent, he heard about the camp’s Little Critters weeklong summer program and was eager to attend, Donna Devlin said…On his application form, his parents wrote that Alex has food allergies to peanuts and eggs. Shortly after they sent in the form and their fee, Devlin said they got a form letter back from town officials stating that Alex couldn’t attend the summer camp because counselors are not allowed to administer EpiPens — emergency shots that can prevent an allergic reaction from taking a life. – One of the many frustrating experiences of being the parent of a child with food allergies, this story points to a problem that has existed for many years. It also brings back some not-so-pleasant memories. While looking for a part-time preschool for our son more than a decade ago, we ran into quite a few unwilling organizations before we found a great program that welcomed our son and the opportunity to learn how to care for a child with a severe food allergy.

Allergic teen’s flight plan shut down

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From CTV Winnipeg (Canada): A Winnipeg mother says her daughter’s spring break was ruined because of an airline policy that can’t guarantee safety for passengers with severe food allergies. Lori Veiderman said her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor-Anne, has a severe allergy to peanuts and peanut oil. She wanted to visit her best friend in Lethbridge, Alta. The trip required an airline flight with WestJet, and Lori wanted to make sure the airline took steps to keep her daughter safe. – While the airline doesn’t serve peanuts, its representatives couldn’t guarantee that no one onboard the flight would open a bag of peanuts or something similar. Read more about this airline dilemma – something many allergic travelers find most challenging, if not downright anxiety-provoking.

Study: Teens take unnecessary allergy risks

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From Johns Hopkins Gazette (Baltimore, MD): Fear of being “different,” embarrassed, isolated or teased drives teens with potentially fatal food allergies to eat problem foods anyway, and to forgo carrying life-saving injectable epinephrine, according to results of a small study led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In a study of 20 teens with severe food allergies, nine reported intentionally eating foods to which they are allergic. Among 13- to 16-year-olds, only half reported always carrying an injectable epinephrine, while only one-third of those over 16 said they carried the life-saving drug at all times. – Read more about the study here.  

 

Allergy alert – Egg

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, United Dairy Farmers, Inc., is recalling “Homemade Brand Special Recipe Wild Berry Parfait Ice Cream” due to undeclared egg. The product was distributed through retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. The product is packaged in 1.75-qt. containers with code 32007. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 833-1177.

WA governor signs allergy legislation

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 5th, 2008

From the Mid Columbia Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, WA): Emma LaViolette didn’t watch Gov. Chris Gregoire sign the legislation her family lobbied hard for in the state Legislature.

Instead, the 5-year-old caught a screening of Horton Hears a Who!

But her mom and grandma were in Olympia for the ceremony, and they say the new law will help children like Emma, of West Richland, who has a life-threatening peanut allergy, stay safe at school.

Read more about the new legislation here.