September 13, 2012
6 Reasons to Read Labels Every Time Before You Eat!
This is a reminder that you must read the entire label before serving a food to your child with food allergies.
- Foods regulated by the FDA are only required to list top 8 food allergens in plain English somewhere in the ingredient label. (Top 8 = milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish, crustacean shellfish)
- Labels are not required to bold the allergen. They may be listed in the ingredient statement or below the ingredients in a "Contains" statement. Therefore, you must read the entire label to look for allergens.
- "Nondairy" items may contain sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), so foods can be labeled as "Dairy-Free" or "Non-Dairy" yet contain this milk item.
Some other examples that highlight the need to read a label EVERY TIME for EVERY PRODUCT. Allergens can be found in unexpected places, so don't assume something will be safe for you!:
- Jolly Time 94% Fat Free Healthy Pop Butter Flavor contains egg (in addition to milk and soy).
- Trader Joe's Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals are made on equipment shared with wheat and soy.
- Giant's store brand of olive oil cooking spray contains soy and may contain milk and wheat.
TWO DAYS LEFT! My First Day of School with Food Allergies Photo-Sharing Event
From preschool to high school, share your child's smiles (or tears) from their first day of school. Help us show kids they are not alone in dealing with food allergies. Winning photos will be selected at random to receive a gift package sponsored by Applegate.
THANK YOU! Captain Jack's Peanut Free Pirates and Other Food Allergy Heroes
We had a wonderful day on Sunday at our 4th Annual Strides for Safe Kids Mall Walk and Expo at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. Thanks to everyone who joined us to make this a special day for families and to raise awareness about food allergies. With the generous support of our donors and sponsors, we raised $25,000 to continue our work educating and supporting families to keep their children safe and healthy! Captain Jack's Peanut Free Pirates were our top fundraising team! View photos from our event.
Our friend and KFA supporter Christy D blogged about her experience at our event held this past Sunday:
“Our Little Man ready to start walking. He loved his t-shirt and the Honorable Mention ribbon he received for raising funds for KFA! ”
“What a fun day today! All of the kids had a blast and I thank KFA for all their hard work putting together the Mall Walk & Expo as well as their tireless efforts in making life better for kids with food allergies and their families and caregivers.” —Christy D.
A Message from Our Sponsors
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Avoidance is Safest
Did you know? Not eating the allergenic food is currently the safest way to manage food allergy and prevent symptoms. Your healthcare professional should work with you to decide whether certain related foods also should be avoided.
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
Wacky Cake Cupcakes with Dairy-Free Whipped Ganache Frosting NEW!
One of our volunteers whipped up a batch of wacky cupcakes (free of milk, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and also has a gluten-free option) and whipped ganache frosting (free of milk and soy).
Food Allergy News and Research
Free Online Food Allergy Training for School Staff
AllergyHome.org released a free 30-minute food allergy training module consistent with food allergy guidance documents to help school nurses and health consultants prepare their staff for the upcoming school year.
Pennsylvania Must Do More to Protect Children with Food Allergies
KFA Medical Advisory Team member Dr. Todd Green wrote an opinion peice for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette advocating for more awareness and safety protocols for schoolchildren with food allergies.
New Epinephrine Law in Virginia Saves Teenager's Life
A Prince George teenager suffers an allergic reaction and his parents believe a new state law that requires schools to stock up on epinephrine may have saved his life.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
Click to visit the Gimbal's Facebook page
Click to visit the website of Wegmans
Click to visit the website of SunButter
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Healthy allergy free foods delivered to your doorstep every month. $1 off one-month membership, $9 off six-month membership or $20 off one-year membership. To redeem, visit Savorfull
, click on join, then use promotion code KFA.
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!
Birthday Celebrations at School
"It's only a couple of weeks into the school year, but for our kids there have already been several classroom birthday celebrations! How do you handle birthday celebrations at school / preschool? What agreement do you have with the teacher / school?"
Nut-free Sunflower Seeds?
"I'm trying to find sunflower seeds (no shell) that aren't contaminated with peanut or tree nuts."
My Baby Is Sitting Alone
"We had a terrible drop off this morning and I'm just so sad today."
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:
Sam's Club: Chunky Cinnamon Streusel (milk, soy)
Cutting Edge Concessions: Shake'Ems Seasoning Cups (milk, Red 40)
JFC: Furikake-Seto Fumi (egg, soy, wheat)
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Somersaults: Pacific Sea Salt
Cucina Fresca: Smoked Tomato Sauce
True Nutrition: Whey Protein Products
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Del Campo: Dried Potatoes
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Naturally Fresh: Roasted and Glazed Pecan Pieces Salad Toppings
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Whole Foods: 365 Vegan and Vegetable Lasagna (milk, soy)
Gluten Allergy Alerts:
Valley Flax Flour: Wheat Free Pancake Mix
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Bardahl's Foods: Potato Lefsa
Compliments: Sensations Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Valpiform: Pain Soleil and Pain de Mie
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Safeway: Canola Oil Cooking Spray
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Cappadocia Import Export: Whole Pitted Sundried Malatya Apricots
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