Archive for June, 2010

No peanut ban on airline flights until proof provided

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 30th, 2010

From USA Today – It’s much ado about peanuts. The Transportation Department has asked the public for weeks to comment on whether the once-popular, but increasingly rare, snack for passengers should be banned or restricted on airline flights for the sake of those who suffer serious allergies. But whichever way public sentiment falls, there can be no ban on peanuts without scientific proof to back it up. – -Read the details here.

Allergy alert – milk & wheat

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 30th, 2010

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Pure Base Distribution, LLC, is recalling “Pure Base Garlic Spread- Concentrate” and “Pure Base Garlic Spread – Ready to Spread” due to undeclared milk and wheat. The products were distributed nationwide in online and traditional retail stores. The recalled products are:

Pure Base Garlic Spread – Concentrate in 4-oz. bottles:

92221, Best By 8/10/2010
92391, Best By 8/27/2010
92661, Best By 9/23/2010
92921, Best By 10/19/2010
93291, Best By 11/25/2010
100341, Best By 2/3/2011
100971, Best By 4/7/2011
101181, Best By 4/28/2011  

 Pure Base Garlic Spread – Ready to Spread in 7-oz. bottles:

 92641, Best By 9/21/2010
93021, Best By 10/29/2010
93291, Best By 11/25/2010
100391, Best By 2/8/2011
101181, Best By 4/28/2011

Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call 888-980-7474, ext 105.

Research tries to lessen food allergies

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 13th, 2010

From NPR: You’re listening to SCIENCE FRIDAY from NPR. I’m Ira Flatow. You know, for many people, for most of us, I dare say, a peanut butter sandwich on a whole wheat bread and a glass of milk, mmm, it sounds like a pretty good lunch. Or maybe a bowl of pad Thai, maybe with some tofu in there for good measure. But if you have food allergies, these lunches could make you sick, and in some cases an allergic person’s reaction to these dishes could kill you. But it can be hard to get a handle on just who actually has food allergies and who doesn’t, in some cases because people misrepresent their own symptoms and in some cases because diagnostic tests may be inconclusive or used incorrectly. – Read the rest of the transcript here.

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 12th, 2010

From FDA.gov: DOMEGA NY INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD 4820 2nd AVE BROOKLYN NY 11232 is recalling FUMA CUSTARD PIE because it may contain undeclared eggs. Consumers who are allergic to eggs may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.  The recalled FUMA CUSTARD PIE, is packaged in a 650 gram cardboard box containing 26 individual packages, with a date code of 2010 02 04AA. It was sold in New York State. It is a product of China. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared eggs in FUMA CUSTARD PIE in a package which did not declare eggs as an ingredient on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have purchases FUMA CUSTARD PIE are urged to return it to the place of purchase.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 646-388-3032.

Allergy alert – tree nuts

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 12th, 2010

From WalletPop.com: Midwest grocery chain Kroger has issued a recall of some of its ice cream because the labels do not disclose the presence of tree nuts, which can cause serious, even life-threatening problems for someone who is allergic. The ice cream was sold in 17 states. – Check out details here.

Allergy alert – egg

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 12th, 2010

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Domega NY International Co., LTD is recalling “Fuma Custard Pie” due to undeclared egg. The product was sold in New York. The product is packaged in a 650-gram box containing 26 individual packages, with a date code of 2010 02 04AA. Consumers are urged to return the product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may call (646) 388-3032.

US considers limit – or ban – on peanuts in flight

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 12th, 2010

From WashingtonPost.com: Federal regulators are considering restrictions, or even a complete ban, on the serving of peanuts on commercial airline flights. Advocates say the move would ease fears and potential harm to the estimated 1.8 million Americans who suffer from a peanut allergy. Peanut farmers and food packagers, however, say it would be overreaching and unfair to their legume. — Read more here.

AllergyEats adds 57,000 restaurants to database

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 7th, 2010

From Go Dairy Free: AllergyEats, the fast-growing source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, has made several improvements to its site, including the addition of 57,000 more establishments to its database, bringing the number of restaurants available for rating by diners to well over 600,000. — Check it out here.

Feds urge city to change policy on Epi use

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 6th, 2010

From Omaha’s KETV-7:  The federal government said it believes the city of Omaha has relented on its policy that forbids city employees from giving life-saving medication to children in emergencies.  Parks and Recreation employees should now be allowed to administer epinephrine with auto injector devices, such as the EpiPen, according to the Department of the Interior. — Read more here.

* You can also check out the initial story – Feds Urge City To Change Policy On EpiPen Use  – from April 14, 2010.

Government proposes peanut ban in the air

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 5th, 2010

While this KansasCity.com story is about new airline rules in general, it does mention an effort to ban peanut snacks because of the danger to allergic passengers. There is a 60-day window of opportunity for the public to comment on the ban. Check it out here.