Archive for September, 2011

New book tells the FA story with humor & heart

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From Washington’s Bellingham Herald: If you’ve got food allergies or care for someone who does, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of eating safely can feel tricky at best – and at worst, grueling and isolating. So Sandra Beasley’s memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, comes as a welcome relief. The author, an award-winning poet, has severe food allergies, to dairy, egg, soy, mustard and shrimp, just to name a few. Although the book is filled with scary tales of allergic reactions in far-flung locales, it’s also funny, touching and ultimately courageous. After all, how many of us can say that we place our lives in our forks each and every time we eat? – Read more here.

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UK teen’s death due to allergic reaction

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From the UK’s Wirral Globe: A Wirral teenager died from a lethal allergic reaction to a takeaway meal, an inquest was told. 17-year-old Christopher Smith, from Wallasey, had a severe nut allergy and went into anaphylactic shock after just one mouthful of food. – Read the story here.

Allergy alert – peanuts

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

According to the Food Safety News, Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Pajaro, CA has recalled milk chocolate cranberries because they may contain peanuts. – Check out the details here.

Should restaurants cater to diners with food allergies?

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Two thought-provoking blog posts have recently been published about how restaurants should, and can, deal with severe allergies. Read the rest here.  (My own footnote: Restaurants should take a look at how Disney World handles special diets.)

Allergy alert – soy

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

According to Food Safety News, a California company is recalling approximately 72 pounds of tongue and blood sausage because of mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The product contains hydrolyzed soy protein, which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. Soy is a known allergen. – Read the details here.

Significant increase in food allergies among pre-schoolers

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From the West Australian: An epidemic of potentially life-threatening reactions is affecting a record one in 10 Australian babies, a Perth expert has warned. Princess Margaret Hospital paediatric allergist and immunologist Susan Prescott said the recent rate, the highest ever reported in the world, included a 500 per cent increase in serious anaphylactic food allergies in pre-schoolers in the past 10 years. – Read more here.