| May 30, 2012
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation Launches iPhone App
Our new app will connect families raising children with food allergies to our award-winning online support community. The app is available as a free download for iOS devices in the iTunes store. An Android version is expected by year's end.
KFA hopes to reach more families of the six million children who have been diagnosed with food allergies with its mobile application, especially families struggling economically who may have cut Internet access at home or can't afford household computers. Surveys done over the past year show smartphone use is growing among low-income populations.
“Many of our families have to juggle the cost of allergen-free food, medical nutritional formulas, rising cost of health insurance, prescriptions and doctor's visits along with other household expenses,” said Lynda Mitchell, President of KFA. In addition, she said, many turn to KFA for help and advice with the logistical issues that coincide with living in the “real world” with severe, multiple food allergies such as dealing with relatives, enrolling their child into schools and camps. “The most important work we do is to help all families keep their children safe. We help them understand how to prevent an allergic reaction and what to do should a life threatening reaction occur. Having instant access to KFA when you are in a doctor's waiting room or researching groceries at the supermarket is like having an online advocate and coach in your pocket or purse with you 24/7,” said Mitchell, herself the mother of a college student with food allergies.
Save the Date! 4th Annual Strides for Safe Kids™ KFA Fundraiser in Philadelphia
KFA's biggest event of the year has been scheduled for September 9th, 2012. More details coming soon!
Putting a Face on Food Allergies
Thanks to all who participated in our Faces of Food Allergies photo-sharing event during food allergy awareness week. More than 500 photos of beautiful children, enjoying their lives, were shared during the event. The clip gallery is still available for you to enjoy with your children.
Experience the Magic of an Allergy-Friendly Disney Vacation!
Book your Disney vacation with My Magic Journeys and mention "KFA" — 4% of your package total will be donated to KFA at no additional cost to you! Disney travel agent Lissa Critz specializes in traveling to Disney with food allergies. You'll get the guaranteed lowest price, personalized itinerary planning, including assistance with Disney's Special Diets teams, and you'll help support the good work that KFA does for food-allergic families. Even if you already have a Disney vacation booked, you may still qualify for the KFA promotion!
Maryland Passes Law Regarding Epinephrine in Schools
The new law will require Maryland schools to set up a policy addressing the use of undesignated epinephrine for emergencies.
Precautionary Recall of Anapen in U.K.
"People (in the United Kingdom) using a certain type of adrenaline injector for severe allergic reactions are being told to consult their doctors after a fault was found with the product."
California Dad Lobbies Schools to Stock Allergy-Attack Medication
Many thanks to San Jose, CA dad Brian Hom for lobbying for passage of a law to require public schools to keep on hand and administer injectable epinephrine medication to any student suffering from anaphylaxis. Brian's son, BJ, died from anaphylaxis four years ago. Since then, Brian has been dedicated to ensuring similar tragedies don't befall other children and their families.
Macon, GA Teen Dies of Allergic Reaction
It is with a heavy heart that we report another teen's death from food allergy. Diallo Robbins Brinson, 15, died after eating at a restaurant with his soccer team and family.
School Employees Honored for Saving Little Girl's Life
Three Rochester school employees were honored for quickly assessing and treating a 4-year-old girl for anaphylaxis.
Delta Airlines Updates Peanut Allergy Policy
Delta Airlines updated its peanut policy on its flights to address those individuals flying with a peanut allergy.
Oral Immunotherapy for Food Allergy: Not Ready for Prime Time
Food allergy expert Hugh Sampson, MD, explains why oral immunotherapy for food allergy is not ready to be used by allergists as a treatment for food allergy.
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Shaken After a Major Reaction
"My 5-year-old son had one of the worst reactions ever on Friday, May 25, 2012. I have handled the other two reactions pretty well. This one got to me and is still getting to me mostly because we have no idea this time what caused it."
Feeling Alone: What Will His Life Be Like?
"The doctor scared me by highlighting the life and death aspect of the issue. Frankly, it feels like a very scary diagnosis that I don't understand. What kind of future will he have?"
What is Rational?
A mother and father have different approaches to food allergy management and one difference is over how much protection or prevention is necessary. Do you have advice for these two on how to cope with and manage food allergies?
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!
New Food Finds can be found on our new Food, Nutrition and Recipes blog and we will highlight these in our issues of KFA eNews. The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the product's safety. Please read the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturers if needed to confirm the safety of a product for your child.
Allergy-Friendly Vegan Qrunch Burgers
These quinoa veggie burgers are soy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, corn-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, meat-free and are made from organic ingredients.
Flax Milk by Good Karma
Good Karma Flax milk is not made with any of the top eight allergens (milk, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish) and are also gluten-free and vegan.
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
J&B Group: No Name Steakhouse Burgers (soy, wheat)
Santos Brands: various products (milk, wheat)
GFS: Hostess Candy Mix (egg, milk, wheat)
Egg Allergy Alerts:
El Monte Sinai Bakery: Rainbow Cake
Fish Allergy Alerts:
Honeyville Honey Farm: Honeyville Honey Barbecue Sauce
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Harris Teeter: Sorbets
August Foods: Saffron Road Lamb Koftis
Jonlly Fruit and Natural Tropic: various products
Café-Tasse: Noir (Dark) Chocolate Bar
Mrs. Weaver's: Pimento Spread
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Zenner's: Smoked Brotwurst
West Best Foods: Lasagna with Meat Sauce and Deluxe Beef Lasagna
Foster Farms: Ready to Cook Boneless Mediterranean Style White Turkey Burgers
Citterio: Rustico Spanish Style Chorizo
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Fatima Brothers: Shad Javarti
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Whole Foods: Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Figi's: Lemon Bar Bliss
Wheat Allergy Alerts:
Mt. Airy Meat Center: Mequite Chicken Breast Raw Ready to Cook
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
S&B Brand: The Mediterranean Sea Beef Curry Sauce (fish, milk, shellfish)
Egg Allergy Alerts:
Koh-Kae Peanuts: Coffee Flavour and Coconut Flavour
Gluten Allergy Alerts:
Designer Whey: French Vanilla and Strawberry Protein Powder
Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Imperial Brand: Wafer Rolls
Shellfish Allergy Alerts:
Ajinomoto: Cook Do Shrimp Stir Fry Sauce
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Régine Fine Chocolate: Chocolate Licorice
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