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Peanut allergy on the rise?

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 2nd, 2010

From  The prevalence of peanut allergy and tree nut allergy has been increasing in the past decade, according to a study. The prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergy in children younger than 18 years increased to 2.1 percent in 2008 from 0.6 percent in 1997, the study showed. Sicherer S. H. and colleagues from Mount Sinai School of Medicine published the study on May 10, 2010 online in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. — Read the details here.

Bill would help schools manage food allergy risk

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 1st, 2010

From Maryland’s  The students in 6-year-old Caroline Cunningham’s classroom at Ballenger Creek Elementary School are required to do the same.  That’s because Caroline is severely allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and garlic. No food is allowed in her classroom unless it comes from her house and no lotion either, because it could contain nut oils. She even has a school aide with her at all times to make sure she stays away from anything that could cause her to have a life-threatening reaction. – Read more here.

Colleges adapting to students’ food allergies

Posted by RoseBoccio on March 14th, 2010

From in Texas: For students with common food allergies, like those allergic to peanuts, gluten or milk, a food line can pose a very serious threat. This is why dining hall staff at Texas Tech are working to make students more aware of exactly what’s in their food. Informative brochures are just one of the ways to make life in the dining halls a little safer and easier. — Read more here.

Boy lobbies Congress for food allergy bill

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 15th, 2009

From Alabama’s Press-Register: A 9-year-old student from Auburn who suffers from peanut allergies recently lobbied members of Congress on behalf of a bill that would create voluntary guidelines for schools to minimize food allergy risks. Read more here.

Allergy alert – Milk

Posted by SB Anderson on July 24th, 2007

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Artisan Confections Company is recalling 3-oz. “Scharffen Berger Kumasi Sambirano 68% Cacao Pure Dark Chocolate” bars due to undeclared milk. The product was sold over the Internet and through specialty retail outlets nationwide. All lot numbers of the 3-oz. “Scharffen Berger Kumasi Sambirano 68% Cacao Pure Dark Chocolate” bar are being recalled. Consumers who have purchased the product should contact the company at (866) 608-6944.

Food scientist develops allergen-free peanut process

Posted by SB Anderson on July 24th, 2007

A press release from “An agricultural researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has developed a simple process to make allergen-free peanuts. The new process – believed to be a first for food science – could provide relief to millions of peanut allergy sufferers, and be an enormous boon to the entire peanut industry.” Read more here.

Company gets funding for allergy programs

Posted by SB Anderson on July 22nd, 2007

From “Dynavax Technologies Corporation today reported that Deerfield Management, a healthcare investment fund, has committed up to $30 million in project financing to accelerate the development of Dynavax’s allergy franchise. The funding will: (1) finance the company’s late-stage ragweed allergy program, TOLAMBA(TM), specifically a planned chamber study and a subsequent field study; and (2) provide immediate resources to advance Dynavax’s preclinical peanut and cat allergy programs.” Read the details here.

We’re back and ready to post!

Posted by SB Anderson on July 22nd, 2007

After an absence that was far too long, we are ready to continue providing all the food allergy news we can find. Sorry for the delay, but we sure are glad to be back!

Allergy alert – peanut

Posted by SB Anderson on January 27th, 2007

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Tan Tan Tofu is recalling its 64-fl. oz./1.890 L “All Natural Tan Tan Tofu Panda Flavor Soybean Juice” due to undeclared peanuts. The product was distributed in California in 64-fl. oz./1.890 L opaque plastic containers with no lot number or expiration date. Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (714) 895-3565.

Candy sales benefit national food allergy group

Posted by SB Anderson on August 26th, 2006

A press release from “Martha MacDougall, President and Owner of Kellie’s Candies Nut-Free Confections Inc., announced today their signing of a licensing agreement with Marc Brown Studios of Hingham, MA, creators of the popular children’s television program, Arthur™. The Woburn confectioner will produce nut-free chocolate bars bearing the likenesses of characters created by local author, Marc Brown. Sales of the nut-free bars have already begun at Kellie’s Candies website with proceeds being donated to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) of Alexandria, VA, and other groups that provide food allergy education and awareness programs. Last year, WGBH-TV in association with Marc Brown Studios, produced an episode of the famous cartoon titled ‘Binky Goes Nuts’ where one of the characters, ‘Binky Barnes’ learns he has a life-threatening peanut allergy. Martha MacDougall appears on the show with her daughter Kellie, who is the inspiration for the company and also suffers from a peanut allergy.” Read more here.