| August 24, 2011
Food Allergy Tragedies
I am truly heartbroken upon hearing that two students in Georgia died from allergic reactions this past week. We need to do more to raise public awareness about the seriousness of food allergies, but we also need to do a better job at educating families and communities about food allergy reaction prevention and preparedness.
It will take a significant commitment from volunteers, advocacy organizations (KFA included) and others to make this happen. A cure for food allergy is something we all strive for, but in the mean time, we need to keep kids with food allergies safe. When I hear tragic stories like this, and a cure still many years away, I think it's time to emphasize that we need to make sure BOTH are priorities — we need to prioritize educating communities, families and kids today so our kids will still be alive when the cure comes along.
That is why we here at KFA do what we do....please support our efforts to keep children safe and healthy now by educating and supporting their families. Get involved by volunteering. Make a donation to support our work. Attend our expo and fundraiser in Philadelphia. Support our educational and innovative use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) by voting for KFA to receive an award. We're in this to keep children safe and healthy today. Please help us accomplish this life-saving mission.
My sincerest condolences to the families of these two young men.
Support KFA's Social Media Educational Campaigns WATCH THIS VIDEO CREATED BY AN 11-YEAR-OLD!
KFA is in contention to win $15,000 for our innovative use of social media. Please vote to support our mission so that we can educate and support families to keep kids safe and healthy.
|We use Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to teach the public and the food allergy community about how to manage food allergies, prevent reactions, spread awareness, prepare safe foods and much more.
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Select "Innovative Use by Social Media"
Vote for Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
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Please vote before August 26!
View Kalika's Video
She dedicated this to your kids with food allergies and her little brother.
Are You a Savvy Label Reader?
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation recently presented a two-week campaign to educate people about reading labels for the presence of food allergies. This important skill saves lives. The Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act does a lot to help protect food-allergic consumers, but it is important for those in our community to know what the law covers, if there are exceptions, what the terminology means and more.
We would like to congratulate Heather H., of California, winner of the grand prize large gift basket from Enjoy Life Foods!
Ten other daily winners are also receiving prize packages.
This campaign was a big success with nearly 6,000 entries, and we thank you for participating. Our quizzes helped educate those new to food allergies as well as those who thought they knew everything there was to know about food labels.
"I thought I knew everything about reading labels, been doing it for years with multiple food allergies, and I still learned something new." --Kaelynn O.
Coming soon: we will compile all of the quizzes into one resource for future reference.
KFA Is Making Strides for Safe Kids
Now in its third year, the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation annual food allergy expo and fundraiser — Strides for Safe Kids — is our main fundraising event of the year. Please join us to raise funds for children living with food allergies across the country. Funds raised are used for our family education and support efforts to keep kids with food allergies safe and healthy. We can't do it alone — please consider fundraising on your own or with a team. Every dollar helps empower families to create a safe and healthy future for their children.
Please register and set up a fundraising page for our Strides for Safe Kids Expo & Fundraiser and join us at Plymouth Meeting Mall (PA) on September 11 for friendship, family entertainment and food allergy awareness.
The expo this year will be extra fun and will be held indoors, so no worry about the weather! Families will take Strides for Safe Kids and learn how to be "Everyday Cool" about food allergies. Kids will explore seven stations along a perimeter stride around the mall to learn about food allergy safety. At the end of the journey, kids will receive a Strides for Safe Kids No Biggie Bunch bonus for completing the course.
Then join us for a Food Allergies Rock concert, performed by kid-magnet Kyle Dine, a musician with food allergies. His food allergy songs will make you giggle, make you dance and let you know that you are not alone.
We are also excited to welcome Elmwood Park Zoo to our expo! They will be bringing allergy-friendly exhibits for kids to enjoy.
Parents have the opportunity to meet new friends, find new allergy-friendly foods and products and enjoy seeing their kids surrounded by other kids and adults who "get it." Please join us as we all take Strides for Safe Kids!
KSU Student Dies After Apparent Allergic Reaction
"A Kennesaw State University student died last week after apparently suffering an allergic reaction on campus."
Teen Dies After Eating Cookie Containing Peanut
"Jharell Dillard, 15, died after eating a chocolate chip cookie that had traces of peanuts, which triggered a fatal allergy attack, according to his father. "
Online Training Course for School Staff
AllergyReady.com is new online anaphylaxis training course for school staff made available from FAAN and the Food Allergy Initiative.
Visit KFA's Allergy Buyer's Guide to find foods and products that cater to the food-allergic consumer. Please let our sponsors know that you found them through KFA!
Click to visit the website of Medic Alert
.MedicAlert is offering a special discount to KFA families: Save up to 25%
Protect your child (and yourself) with a MedicAlert medical ID; the only medical IDs with exclusive, live 24/7 emergency response and family notification services. For the KFA-exclusive price of $25, your child will receive one year of MedicAlert Kid Smart membership services and a FREE MedicAlert ID. Additionally, MedicAlert is offering KFA families a 25% discount on MedicAlert Advantage membership (for adults 18 and older).
Use Promotional Code 9039 (Adults) and 9040 (Kids) during check-out to receive this KFA-exclusive discount.
Surf Sweets are all natural and organic gummy candies and jelly beans that are free of the 10 most common allergens. Made with organic sweeteners and Vitamin C, our products are free of corn syrup and artificial dyes. They're fruitfully delicious, and known to cause a smile or two, or three! Send some extra love back to school with Surf Sweets' Snack Pack Multi-Packs. They make great BACK to SCHOOL treats! Multi-Packs are available in Gummy Bears and Sour Berry Bears. For more information, visit:www.surfsweets.com.
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Paleteria La Super: Nut, Esquimal and Pina Colada flavor ice cream popsicles (undeclared walnuts, milk, coconut)
Christie Cookie Company: DoubleTree gift tins (undeclared egg, soy, milk and wheat)
- Winn Dixie: Choco Charm Chocolate Drink (undeclared wheat)
- Whole Foods Market: Beer marinades (undeclared wheat and soy)
- Country Market Beef: Summer Sausages (undeclared milk and soy)
- Unilever: Sugar-Free Popsicle® (undeclared milk)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Pan Asia Food Co. Ltd: Chungjungwon Sunchang Gochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) (undeclared soy)
- Seoul Trading Corporation: Choripdong Enzyme (undeclared wheat)
- Far East North America Food Ltd: Trung Nguyen brand G7 Coffee (undeclared milk)
- Overwaitea Food Group: Berliner Rye Bread (undeclared sesame)
- Double Food Trading: Tapioca Starch Pearls (undeclared sulfites)
- Taibah Group: Simba Mbili Virani Curry Powder (undeclared wheat and gluten)
- Dorgel Ltd: Farm Boy Mango Sorbet (undeclared milk)
- Seoul Trading Corporation: Haioreum Roasted Hot Pepper Paste (undeclared soy and sesame)
- Dai Jung Distributing: Lee Lemon Grass From Fresh Stems (undeclared sulfites)
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