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KFA bringing food allergy education and support to AAFA

Bullies and children with food allergies

Celebrating birthdays with food allergies FREE WEBINAR

Learn to make allergy-friendly cakes

Anaphylaxis 101 from Mylan

Food allergy fact: routine food allergy testing

Accommodations in restaurants for food allergies and Celiac disease

A game changer for allergies and asthma

Daycare provider missed allergen on food label

Enrolling in a peanut allergy research study

Nut allergy and management styles

Allergy-friendly companies that support KFA

14 food allergy recall warnings




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Allergy-Free and Easy
Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame
by Cybele Pascal





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February 19, 2013

ASTHMA, ALLERGY NONPROFITS TO MERGE AND FIGHT COMMON DISEASES TOGETHER
KFA, a division of AAFAWe are pleased to tell you that Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) intends to merge with the largest asthma and allergy patient organization, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), pending final regulatory approval. After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has determined that we can be even stronger and help more families in more ways through a partnership with a well-established, like-minded organization.

Together we will be the most comprehensive nonprofit source of education, advocacy, research, social networking and support for millions of families living with allergy, asthma, anaphylaxis and related diseases.

As a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, KFA's mission, website and all programs will continue. You may have questions. We have a press release and FAQs with more details of the merger or feel free to contact us directly at 215-230-5394 or by email.

This is an exciting time for KFA. We hope we can count on your support as we move ahead as part of the AAFA family.

Announcements

Bullying of Children with Food Allergies: How You Can Help NEW!
If nearly 35 percent of children aged 5 and older with food allergies are bullied, how can we prepare our children and keep them safe?

Dr. Karen Stickler, a member of KFA's Medical Advisory Team, gives us practical tips on how to recognize and prevent bullying of children with food allergies.

Free Webinar: Celebrating Birthdays with Food Allergies SIGN UP NOW!

Celebrating Birthdays with Food Allergies

The next webinar we are offering in our free educational program will help you make your next birthday party a success. Join us with guest speaker Yael Weinstein and medical advisor Megan Edison, MD, FAAP. This online class is made possible by an unrestricted grant from EleCare.


It's Coming: CAKE WEEK! DON'T MISS OUT!
Have you ever had a birthday cake flop? Are you struggling to find safe alternatives for your child with food allergies? Next week, we have a special treat to share: allergy-friendly baking experts will be sharing their secrets with you for a week of baking and cake decorating.

CAKE WEEK blog posts will include how-to instructions, recipes, tips and tricks, so that your next allergy-friendly birthday cake will be the envy of all your friends.

Just sign-up to follow our Food & Cooking blog to get notified. If you are a KFA member, log in and then select "Follow This Blog" to get email notifications. Alternately, you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

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A Message from Our Sponsors


Mylan
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Food Allergy News and Research

Restaurants Not Required to Serve Allergen-Free Food
The Justice Department has released a Q&A to explain what sort of accommodations (if any) a restaurant may need to make for a customer with food allergies. While restaurants are not required to serve allergy-free foods or modify their menus substantially, they may need to take reasonable steps to accommodate individuals with food allergy or celiac disease by answering questions about their ingredients, or substituting certain ingredients if they normally do that for other customers.

AAFA-KFA Merger is a Game Changer
Paul Antico of AllergyEats shares his analysis about why this merger is a big deal and how it will help those with allergies, asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related diseases.

Food Allergy Facts

Food Allergy Awareness: Routine Food Allergy Testing
Did you know? There is not enough evidence to recommend routine food allergy testing before introducing highly allergenic foods (such as milk, egg, and peanut) to children who are at a high risk of reacting to these foods. Children at high risk are those who already have severe allergic disease or a family history of food allergy.

Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.


Allergy Buyer's Guide


Peanut Free Planet
Click to visit the website of Peanut Free Planet.

SunButter
Click to visit the website of SunButter.

Auvi-Q
Click to visit the website of Auvi-Q.

Wegmans
Click to visit the website of Wegmans.

Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums

Our Kids With Food Allergies online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App. In addition, our community has a mobile version for all mobile browsers and also works in standard (web) view. You can access KFA whenever you need us. Registration is free!

Daycare Messed Up: Cupcake and Allergen Exposure Incident
A food label misunderstanding at daycare leads to an allergic reaction.

I Enrolled My Daughter in the Peanut Clinical Trial
A parent shares about her daughter's screening process and participating in food allergy research.

Nut Allergy: What Do You Do?
If someone in your extended family is also managing a nut allergy, but handles it much differently than you do, how do you handle family gatherings?


NEW on Our Community: Did you know that members have personal walls? You can click on a member's name or profile picture to see their activity, picture gallery (clips) and post a message on their wall. If someone has been particularly helpful to you, this is an easy way to post a thank you.

Food Allergy Recalls

Food Alerts! Have you checked KFA's Allergy Recall Alerts recently? The following foods were recently recalled:

U.S. Allergy Recalls

Multiple Allergen Alerts:
JS Pelmini OK: Potato Dumplings and Potato and Mushroom Dumplings (milk, soy)

Egg Allergy Alerts:
Muffin Mam: Strawberry Cream Cake

Milk Allergy Alerts:
Gordon Food Service: Lemon Pudding

Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Mountains: Dried Mushroom
Curiosity of Dashan: Dried Mushrooms
Green Day: Dried Coconut


Canadian Allergy Recalls

Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Unique: Wonton Products (egg, milk)
Yum Yum Food: Sui Mai (egg, milk)

Fish Allergy Alerts:
Something Special: Gourmet Antipasto Vegetarian Tangy Vegetables

Mustard Allergy Alerts:
Continental Glatt: Kosher Meat Products
Compliments: Breaded Veal Cutlettes

Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Rising Sun Farms: Dressings
Tiar: Dried Apple

Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Glutenall: Coco Moko Cookies



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