October 25, 2012
4th Annual Halloween Costume Parade
If our past photo-sharing events are any indication of the truth, then we can safely say that our members' children are the cutest kids! They don't let their food allergies stop them from doing anything, including celebrating Halloween!
Share a photo of your child safely celebrating Halloween to add them to our "virtual" costume parade. We will randomly select winners (October 29- November 2) to receive gift prizes sponsored by Applegate.
KFA's Halloween Food Allergy Guide NEW!
Everything you need in one spot!
We've compiled all of our Halloween resources into one location to make them easier to find. From safety tips to allergy-friendly treats, this guide will help you enjoy a safe and fun Halloween! It includes:
How to Read Halloween Candy Labels
Did you know that the same candy in two different sizes may have different ingredients?
Safety is Priority One for Halloween (Learn how to ACT and REACT)
Easy-to-remember prevention and preparedness tips from Dr. Michael Pistiner.
Trick-or-Treating for Kids with Allergies
12 tips to take the tricks out of treats and make this tradition safer for kids with food allergies.
KFA's Free Webinar Series: Navigating the Holidays with Food Allergies
We will be sending out our invitations to invite you to attend our next free webinar soon. Save the date: November 6, 2012. Our guest speakers will be allergists and fellow parents of food-allergic kids, Dr. Mike Pistiner (co-founder of AllergyHome.org) and Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano (The Allergist Mom).
Visit our website next week to reserve your spot for this live online meeting event!
Thank You for Completing Our Survey!
Our survey is now closed, but we thank all of you who participated and gave us your opinion of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. We will be using the results to guide our plans for the future. Congratulations to Susan S., the winner of the random drawing who will be receiving a $100 gift card to Amazon.com!
A Message from Our Sponsors
Mylan Specialty L.P. has partnered with Julie Bowen, star of ABC's hit show, “Modern Family,” as well as a mom in real life to a young son with life-threatening allergies, to launch a new educational initiative, Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis. The Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis Challenge™
invites students (grades 1-12) to write an essay describing an original idea to help make schools more aware of and better prepared for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Fifteen students will win a $2,000 scholarship. Visit www.Anaphylaxis101.com
to learn more, and spread the word about the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis Challenge
! Submission deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Ten shopping malls around the U.S. will host the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis Interactive Experience exhibits using tablets or a free Anaphylaxis101 mobile app. They will also receive educational materials and giveaways, with a special offer for the first 100 people who visit the exhibit on each stop of the tour.
The coast-to-coast tour will hit key cities across the nation including:
Baltimore, MD — Arundel Mills Mall — Oct. 25; Chicago, IL — Orland Square Mall — Oct. 27-28;
Dallas, TX — Grapevine Mills Mall — Oct. 31; Houston, TX — The Houston Galleria — Nov. 2-3;
Orlando, FL — The Florida Mall — Nov. 8; Atlanta, GA — Lenox Square Mall — Nov. 10;
Charlotte, NC — Concord Mills — Nov. 13; and Philadelphia, PA — King of Prussia Mall — Nov. 16-17
Food Allergy News and Research
Most States Lag on Policies to Protect Kids with Asthma and Allergies at School
How did your state do this year? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)'s 2012 State Honor Roll Report is out. It shows that most states lag on policies to protect kids with asthma and allergies at school. Kudos to the following states for making the honor roll: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
New Eczema Garments Will Change the Way Doctors and Parents Treat Eczema in Children
A new garment to assist with the treatment of eczema is available in the U.S.
More Evidence Flu Shot is Safe for the Egg-Allergic
With flu season approaching, a new study offers more reassurance that kids with egg allergies can be safely vaccinated against the virus.
Las Vegas Principal Honored for Food Allergy Policy
Principal Paula Naegle improved the safety of students with food allergies in her school and is now helping to establish a district-wide policy.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
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Write "KFA" in the comments section of the checkout @ www.preppyepi.com
and Preppy Epi will donate 15% of your order to KFA!
Click to visit the website of SunButter
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Warnings on Food Labels Are Voluntary
Did you know? The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires food labels (on foods regulated by the FDA) to list which of the eight major food allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and crustacean shellfish) are present as ingredients in prepared foods.
However, the law does not require or suggest wording for warning labels, such as “may contain trace amounts of nuts” or “may be prepared in a facility that also uses nuts.” The inclusion of these warning labels is voluntary.
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums
Our Kids With Food Allergies Foundation online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App and 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!
Why Do We Hesitate to Give Epinephrine?
"I don't even like to admit this here. I try to be so prepared, try to be educated, try to be strong, to know what to do when necessary...and still I hesitate."
Questions About Milk Allergy and Dairy-Free Chocolate
If you are managing a milk allergy, this topic contains information you should be aware of regarding chocolates.
Counting Puffs on Albuterol
If your inhaler doesn't have a dose counter, how do you keep track of how many doses are left?
Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats
Members contribute allergy-friendly Halloween food ideas and recipes.
How to Make a Wacky Witch Cake
This allergy-friendly witch cake can be made free of milk, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn and also has a gluten-free option!
Using safe wacky cake, safe frosting and a plastic doll, you can create a fantastic dessert centerpiece for Halloween.
Halloween Treat: Edible Gel Earthworms
Treat your kids to these creepy crawlies on Halloween.
The recipe uses gelatin and a milk beverage poured into bendable straws.
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:
Hannaford Supermarkets: Truffle Cakes (egg, milk, peanut, soy, treenut, wheat)
Wegman's: Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (milk, treenut)
Tyson: Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Wyngz (egg, milk, soy)
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Publix: Premium Frozen Tempura Shrimp
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Better Valu: Fruit Whirls Ready to Eat Cereal
Turkey Hill: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (coconut)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Palmoqua: Kako Berline Chocolates
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Prairie Cherry: Bark and Delights
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Frontier Soups: Eleven Bean Soup
Dorgel and Farmboy: Gelato
Wheat Allergy Alerts:
Piller's: Sub Pac Classic and Sliced Pepperoni
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