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Kids With Food Allergies
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Big changes are coming!

Happy anniversary, KFA!!

Babysitter and child care form New!

Vote KFA as best online support for food allergies

Buzzy fundraiser for KFA

School nurses save lives with epinephrine

5th grade student reacts to Valentine's treat

Learn more about Neocate

Gimbal's Candy giveaway

Today, I am mad

Excluded from Girl Scouts

Avoiding foods due to test results?

13 food allergy recall warnings





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March 21, 2012

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Our Online Community Changes Start This Week!
This Friday, March 23, our online support forums will close as we will be moving our community to a new home. Our new community will open next week.

If you have not logged in recently, please log in by Thursday to remain in an active status with us. We will be deactivating accounts of members who have not been active within the past two years, unless you are a current donor or Family Member.
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
We will be transferring our forum discussions over to the new community, as well as member profiles, usernames and passwords. You will not need to register again if you are already one of our registered members.

While our support forums are being migrated to our new community, please stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and Google+. We also invite you to participate in Peanut Free Planet's fundraiser for Kids With Food Allergies Foundation on Friday (information below).

Most of our website will still be available during the move (free resources and free recipes will be available, as will allergy alerts, our online shop, and our allergy buyer's guide). Our community (support forums), and other login areas (recipes and exclusive resources for Family Members) will not be available.

Our team is working hard to have our new home ready for you very soon and will be with you every step of the way. We can't wait for you to check it out!

Please direct any questions to us at info@kidswithfoodallergies.org.

Thank you,
The KFA Team



A Message from Our Sponsor
HomeFree
Visit the HomeFree website.

Whenever I get the opportunity, I, like Kids With Food Allergies, encourage families in the food allergy community to speak up about what we need. Increasingly, we are doing so, and store and food service providers are listening! HomeFree cookies have received several awards this year for being so delicious and healthy. But one award in particular I believe is also due in part to the judges recognizing the importance of having tasty foods that include people with essentially every special dietary need, as HomeFree cookies do. That growing realization in the food service industry comes from all of us speaking up! So when we receive for our Gluten Free Vanilla Mini Cookies our Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, at this show of 58,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, we will be thinking of, and appreciating, our whole community.

Please connect with us at: www.homefreetreats.com, www.facebook.com/homefreetreats, twitter.com/homefreetreats, and www.homefreetreats.com/blog/.

Jill Robbins
Founder of HomeFree




Allergy Buyer's Guide

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!


Announcements

Celebrating Easter with Food Allergies
The Easter holiday is typically full of traditions your family has enjoyed for many years. With a food allergic child, though, traditions once considered safe and fun may create potential allergy risks. Kids With Food Allergies Foundation helps you create new traditions that are allergy-safe. Find crafts, recipes and more.

Celebrating Passover with Food Allergies
The "KFA Celebrates Passover" booklet has been designed to be a companion for any Haggadah that your family uses for the Passover Seder. Find activities and recipes to help make the Seder meaningful and enjoyable for your child with food allergies.

New Books in KFA's Food Allergy Book Shop NEW!
The following books have been approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team and are now available for purchase from KFA's Amazon Book Shop. Purchases made from our links to these books will benefit our nonprofit as Amazon.com will give KFA a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to you!

DJ's Allergies
DJ's Allergies


Princess and the Peanut
The Princess and the Peanut


Allergy Song MP3
The Allergy Song (MP3)


Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread
The Allergy-Free Cook
Bakes Bread
Feeding Eden
Feeding Eden
Lenny
How Lenny Found Out
About His Food Allergy

Also, check out our new Kindle category in our book shop!



Last Day to Cast Your Vote for KFA as the Best Food Allergy Support Site!
KFA is a finalist for About.com Reader's Choice Award for providing the best online food allergy support. We appreciate your votes! Voting ends today! Winners will be announced March 30.


News

Is it a Peanut or a Tree Nut? Half with Allergies Not Sure
This study shows the importance of knowing how to identify what you or your child is allergic to — it found that both adults and children were not reliable at visually identifying most nuts.


Some Help in Dealing With Food Allergies
"There’s a smart online community of fellow parents waiting to help with emotional support, allergy-free recipes and practical solutions for all sorts of allergy-related challenges – and it’s just a click away."

Nursing Mom's Diet No Guard Against Baby's Allergies
"Nursing mothers who attempt to ward off food allergies in their babies by avoiding milk, nuts, and other risky foods may be doing more harm than good, researchers said."



Must Read Forum Discussions

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Peeps Now on Shared Equipment with Milk
"We recently began producing Chocolate Dipped PEEPS® Chicks, which do contain milk, in our facility. We adhere to stringent Good Manufacturing Practices and have a comprehensive allergen management program in place, which includes measures to minimize any allergen cross contamination risk. After careful assessment of our facility and processes, as well as review of best practices, we felt it was necessary to add a "May contain milk" statement to all products that could be affected by the introduction of milk into our facility."

Jelly Belly May Not Be Safe for Nut and Dairy Allergy
A member shares information received by Jelly Belly concerning shared equipment with allergens.

Second Grade Has Become a Nightmare
A member shares her frustration with constant food activities in the classroom and her uphill battle with other classroom parents.

Things I Wish People Would Stop Asking Me
"Do 'they' think he'll outgrow these allergies? What's left to eat? Have you heard about this new test/cure?"

How about you? Do you have any pet peeve questions that people ask you about food allergies?





Food Allergy Recalls

Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:


U.S. Allergy Recalls

  • Walmart: Cruller Bakery Pastries (undeclared milk)
  • Whole Foods Market: Pumpkin Bundt Cakes (undeclared milk)
  • Summit Import Corporation: Bin Bin Snow Rice Cracker and Bin Bin Rice Cracker (undeclared egg)
  • Jang Chung Dong Han Yang King Joak Bal: Cooked Pork Hocks (undeclared wheat)

Canadian Allergy Recalls

  • Veggie Favour: various products (undeclared egg, milk, and wheat)
  • Various Companies: Designer Whey Protein Powder - Chocolate (undeclared gluten)
  • Safoco: Vegetable Macaroni (undeclared egg)
  • Capital Packers: Beer Sausage (undeclared soy)
  • Cosine: Instant Pudding Powder (undeclared milk)
  • Canadian Hazelnut Inc.: Dark Chocolate products (undeclared milk)
  • Sweets From The Earth: cake products (undeclared milk)
  • Inter-Fret Importers: Hafiz Habib-ur-rehman Haviz Ka Multani Sohan (undeclared treenuts)
  • Veggie Favour: Veggie Large Shrimp Style Soy Product (undeclared wheat)


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