March 27, 2013
Five More Reasons to Always Read Every Label Fully
1) Ingredients can change at any time. A product that has been previously safe, may not be safe anymore.
Example: Nature's Promise Organic Homestyle Waffles now contain milk and eggs.
Allergens can be in unexpected places. Never assume that a food or beverage will be safe--always read the ingredient label to confirm.
Tropicana Orange Juice with Omega-3 contains tilapia, sardine and anchovy fish oils.
3) Different sizes of the same product
may have different ingredients (allergens).
Example: Laffy Taffy comes in two sizes. The large size contains eggs. The small size does not.
4) Any advisory statements ("may contain...") are voluntary. The FDA does not require them, so the lack of an advisory statement does not necessarily make a food safe from cross-contamination.
If you do see advisory statements, it's safest to avoid those foods. Studies have shown that there is a chance that foods with advisory statements can contain the food allergen.
5) The labeling law in the U.S. is confusing - allergens do NOT have to be bolded or listed at the bottom. The common allergens egg, wheat, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish need to be listed either in a "contains" statement at the bottom of the ingredient statement OR within the list of ingredients.
Wonka Mini Chewy Sweet Tarts contain egg albumen, but do not include egg in the bolded "contains" statement after the ingredients.
This product has a contains statement that is bolded at the bottom for wheat, eggs and soy. However, if you read the entire label, you will see that the product also contains MILK.
Updates from AAFA
In February, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) announced that it is merging with the nation's oldest and largest allergy charity, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. KFA will become a division of AAFA as a result of this merger. Together we will be the most comprehensive nonprofit source of education, advocacy, research, social networking and support for millions of families living with food allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma and allergy-related diseases.
We will be sharing news items from AAFA that will be of interest to our KFA e-news subscribers in the upcoming months including advocacy and research updates and resources of interest such as AAFA's FreshAAir newsletter.
KFA's New Food Finds
Each year, KFA travels to food conventions to find the latest allergy-friendly foods coming out to the market. We are sharing our New Food Finds on our Food, Nutrition and Recipes blog. More foods are added each week!
KFA's Medical Advisory Team Blog: Replacing Lost Nutrients Due to Food Allergies
Food allergies are a big factor that influence daily food choices. Recent studies have demonstrated that children who have food allergies were found to be smaller than other children and those who were allergic to more than two foods were smaller than children who were only allergic to one or two foods. When you restrict two or more important foods, it is more difficult to obtain nutrients necessary for growth and development. Therefore, making sure your child's nutritional needs are met through a balanced diet is essential.
Deb Indorato, RD, shares tips on how to ensure your child has a healthy diet and how to replace the nutrients lost by avoiding food due to allergy.
Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)
On March 12, 2013, Kids With Food Allergies hosted a webinar on the topic of dining out with food allergies. Our guest speakers were Sloane Miller of Allergic Girl Resources and Dr. Michael Pistiner of AllergyHome. If you missed our free class, you can view our video recording and access a list of resources.
Our next free webinar will be held at the end of April and the topic will be "Why Do We Need Undesignated Epinephrine in Schools?"
We'll be sharing the registration form soon so you can sign up.
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. Read our articles to find new traditions that are allergy-friendly.
* Allergy-free Easter basket ideas
* Egg-free egg decorating
* Treats and sweets
A Message from Our Sponsors
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Food Allergy News and Research
People With Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights
"Few situations can provoke more anxiety for people with peanut or tree-nut allergies than having an allergic reaction while flying on an airplane and being unable to get help." Dr Matt Greenhawt shares tips to help reduce the chances of an allergic reaction in-flight.
Family's Every Meal Must Cater to Rare Disorder (Eosinophilic Esophagitis)
The Aurit family shares their perspective on living with EoE and hope Nebraska will pass a law requiring insurance companies to cover medically necessary amino acid formula.
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergic Reaction)
Anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction, can occur as:
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
- A single reaction that occurs immediately after exposure to the allergenic food and gets better with or without treatment within the first minutes to hours. Symptoms do not recur later in relation to that episode.
- Two reactions. The first reaction includes an initial set of symptoms that seem to improve and go away but then reappear. The second reaction can occur between 8 and 72 hours after the first reaction.
- A single, long-lasting reaction that continues for hours or days following the initial reaction.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
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New allergy-friendly recipes can be found on our Food, Nutrition and Recipes blog. Additionally, we have a large collection of over 1,200 recipes in our allergy-friendly recipe database that is fully accessible by KFA Family Members.
One-Ingredient, Allergy-Friendly, Healthy Ice Cream
This recipe is free of all allergies (except banana) and is free from added sugar and fat. It makes a great healthy snack for kids with multiple food allergies or eosinophilic disorders (if bananas are safe for your child).
How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy
The fun thing about making chocolate and molding it is that you can adapt the same skill for any holiday, as long as you have the molds. Using safe chocolate chips, you can make chocolate Easter eggs for your child with food allergies.
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!
Friends Who Try to Help
They may not get it right, but we're celebrating and bragging about our friends who try to accommodate our children's allergies.
Organizing Medical / Allergy Information
How do you keep your child's allergy and medical information organized?
Do You Eat at Olive Garden?
Do you eat at Olive Garden if you manage multiple food allergies?
NEW on Our Community: Our layout for our CLIPS (gallery) has changed. Check it out! Now you can easily see thumbnails of new images and videos, "Like" them, and add your comments.
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:
Giant Eagle Market District: Bolognese Pasta Sauce (soy, wheat)
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Kameda: Rice Cracker "Kotsubukko"
Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Daesang: Mixed Soy Bean Paste
Soy Allergy Alerts:
New Chapter: Probiotic Elderberry Dietary Supplement
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Chelsea Chocolates: Various products (milk, wheat)
Egg Allergy Alerts:
Sun Shun Fuk (San Tao) brand: Noodle King (thin) Lobster Soup
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Kameda: Rice Crackers
G7: 3 in 1 Instant Coffee
Jak Brand: Instant Coffee 3 in 1
Anita's Organic Mill: Cookie Mixes
NuGO: various products
Heartland Gourmet: Double Chocolate Cookie Mix
Mustard Allergy Alerts:
M&M Meat Shops: Gingered Beef
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