Archive for October, 2009

FAAN launches college network

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 28th, 2009

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has launched the FAAN College Network, a new web-based program that could change the way students with food allergies choose where to go to college by providing information that makes researching a potential school easier. Until now, prospective college students were left on their own to research questions about food allergy management at each college or university. FAAN’s College Network serves as a clearinghouse of information enabling college-bound students to learn about different colleges’ approaches to food allergy management. They will also find contact information for people who can best answer questions about how food allergies are addressed at each college. – Get more info here.

Allergy alert – Peanut

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 23rd, 2009

From the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: International Bazaar Inc. is recalling “Kroger Hazelnut Spread” due to undeclared peanut. The product was distributed to Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West
Virginia. The 13-oz. plastic jar bears a “Sell by March 2011” date and UPC 11110-87825. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (937) 278-3533 ext. 102.

Allergy alert – Wheat

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 23rd, 2009

From the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: Unilever United States Inc. is recalling mispackaged tubs of “Breyers® All Natural Cookies & Cream Ice Cream “and “Breyers® All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream” due to undeclared wheat. The tubs were mispackaged with lids describing the product as “Breyers® All Natural Cookies and Cream Ice Cream” and the tub portion describing the product as “Breyers® All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.” The product inside the tubs is “Breyers® All Natural Cookies and Cream,” which contains wheat. The mispackaged product was distributed through retail stores in these locations and adjoining areas: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Trinidad. The 1.5-quart (1.41 L) paperboard tubs bear UPC # 077567254245 and in combination with “Best If Used By” dates of FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH, and FEB1911GH. Consumers may contact the company for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (877)270-7402 or for consumers outside the United States, e-mail questions to comments.breyers@unilever.com.

Trick-or-treat doesn’t have to be so tricky

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 20th, 2009

From Reuters: While children are already anticipating Halloween “trick or treating,” some parents are dreading the observed holiday that focuses on youngsters going door-to-door to receive free candy. Parents of children with a life-threatening food allergy must be extra careful when their child is the recipient of food outside the home.  With a little
planning, children with a food allergy can stay safe without having to miss out on the Halloween fun. – Read more here.

Allergy alert – Shrimp

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 20th, 2009

From the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: Original Rangoon of Massachusetts is recalling “Taste of Inspirations
Vegetable Spring Rolls” due to undeclared shrimp. The product was distributed to Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, and to Sweetbay Supermarket in Florida. The 12-oz. package is frozen and has the UPC code 725439 95037. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 213-9040 or visit www.hannaford.com.

Safety of H1N1 vaccine for those with egg allergy

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 20th, 2009

From Indiana’s JConline.com: However, some people who have a severe egg allergy or have had severe allergic reactions to seasonal flu vaccines in the past need to consult their physician before being vaccinated against H1N1. – Read more here.

Food pantries and “special” diets

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 18th, 2009

From Celiac.com: With the downturn in our economy, it is certainly not news that many more Americans are needing to rely on food pantries and soup kitchens to feed themselves.  It is also not news that restricted diets, especially the gluten free diet, are very expensive.  If you need to eat “special” foods and cannot afford to pay for them, where do you turn? – Read more here.

Online service provides FA info, recipes

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 18th, 2009

From Mediaincanada.com:  About a year ago, Rich Muhlstock, GM Taxi Content in New York, was hosting a dinner for friends who have children with severe food allergies. Neither of his own kids had allergies at the time, and he was new to the painstaking attention that has to be paid to ingredients. This is how the idea for Taxi’s Food Content Alerts, an online and mobile service that provides information and recipes to people with food allergies, came to fruition. – Read more here.

Boy’s future should be nut-, fish-free

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 18th, 2009

From Parrysound.com (Ontario, Canada): Nuts and fish could kill Jacob Healey. The 11-year-old Parry Sound boy has severe allergies that worry his mother Suzanne Gingrich whenever he’s not with her. After reading an article in the Beacon Star’s Panther section about Parry Sound High School banning shellfish and nuts, Gingrich can’t help but think of her son’s future. – Read more here.

Allergy alert – Shrimp

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 18th, 2009

From WBZTV.com: Hannaford supermarkets in the Northeast and Sweetbay supermarkets in Florida are removing some spring rolls from their freezer cases because they may contain shrimp. Hannaford says there have been two customer reports in Maine and two in Florida that Taste of Inspirations Vegetable Spring Rolls contain shrimp, which isn’t listed as an ingredient. Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton says no illnesses have been reported, but people with an allergy or sensitivity to shellfish risk serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat products containing shrimp. – Read more here.