As the number of FA children grows, families learn to cope

From Ipswich’s The Queensland Times: “Some might call me paranoid or neurotic with regards to the things I do (like wiping down tables or chairs or even play toys when we are out) but other mums with children who suffer from anaphylaxis will know exactly how I feel…” This comment from the mother of a food-allergic tot struck a chord with me. Read more here.

Irish survey points to overuse of food allergy labels

From IrishHealth.com: Most precautionary food allergen labels are unnecessary and the overuse of these labels restricts food choices for people with allergies, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said. According to the results of a food allergy survey, 94% of foods with precautionary allergen labelling did not contain detectable levels of the allergen referred to on the label. Check out the story here.

Study: Milk baked in food can help kids outgrow allergy

From UPI.com: Increasing amounts of food with milk baked in, in the diets of children allergic to milk, helps them outgrow their allergy, U.S. researchers say. Read more here

Teen recovers from reaction; Parents wonder what happened

From MyFoxPhoenix: This teenage girl has a peanut allergy, and that’s why her parents are having trouble understanding why she would intentionally eat “Crunchy Nut” cereal that clearly has peanuts. They want police to figure out exactly what happened to their daughter. Read more here.



Peanut allergy calls for vigilance

From Arizona’s YumaSun.com: If Vicki Kerley seems reluctant to share a hug, her friends know not to take it personally. “I’m not a huggy-type person and I really don’t like to shake hands with anyone, because I never know who’s been dipping into the peanuts,” Kerley said. The Yuma resident is a certified scuba diver who has explored the Earth’s waters, trekked through rainforests and jungles and traveled to Africa on an animal photography safari. But the seemingly invincible woman can be unexpectedly defeated by something quite small: a peanut. Kerley is severely allergic to them. – Read the rest of the story here.

Researchers work on therapy to make peanuts less deadly

From Reuters: Peanut allergy has proven to be a tough nut to crack. While there’s still no way to make peanuts completely safe for people who are allergic to them, an experimental therapy may make them less deadly, report researchers from Germany and the US. – Read more here.

School district considering food allergy policy

From Ohio’s Middletown Journal: Students who suffer from potentially life-threatening food allergies now have more protection at school. The Board of Education Monday night, June 14, approved a policy that provides universal guidelines for staff training on how to deal with preventing and treating severe allergic reactions. — Read more here.

Squirrels leave nuts in yard; endanger boy’s life

From Washington state’s KXLY.com:  A Spokane mother says she doesn’t feel safe letting her child outside to play in the yard because of squirrels. Michelle Areta says those squirrels leave nuts in the yard of her home; nuts that her son is deathly allergic to. Michelle has a tougher job than most mothers as her two-year-old son Niema has a very severe peanut allergy that could kill him. A Spokane mother says she doesn’t feel safe letting her child outside to play in the yard because of squirrels. Michelle Areta says those squirrels leave nuts in the yard of her home; nuts that her son is deathly allergic to. Michelle has a tougher job than most mothers as her two-year-old son Niema has a very severe peanut allergy that could kill him. – Read more here.

Allergy alert – Coconut, pecan & milk

According to Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Rich Products Corporation is recalling “Allen Bavarian Crème Filling” due to undeclared coconut, pecan, and milk. The product was distributed to foodservice distributors and in-store bakeries nationwide. The pail size is 3.5 gallons and weight is 31.0 lbs. with production codes 11870137F21, F-22, F-23, F-24, and F-25. Consumers with questions may call (800) 356-7094.

Allergy alert – milk

According to Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., is recalling “Bimbo brand Soft White Bread” due to undeclared milk. The product was sold in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The 1-lb. 4-oz. (or 567 grams) packages have a red band of color above the clear bag window on the front of bag and square lock tab closures in the colors and dates as follows: white tab – 6/14 or 6/21; blue tab – 6/15; tan tab – 6/17; green tab – 6/18; red tab – 6/20. Consumers may return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 984-0989.