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New Allergy-Friendly Foods for Kids (April 2011)

April 2011



New Allergy Friendly Foods

In March 2011, Kids With Food Allergies attended the Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show in the nation. This year's show included more allergy-friendly products than ever before – including the 22 products highlighted in this two-part report. Read on to discover what new foods are available and where you can find them!

For your convenience, we have indicated if the product is vegan or Kosher with these symbols: V   K. Additionally, we have separately indicated whether a product contains coconut versus other tree nuts. The Food & Drug Administration considers coconut a tree nut, however coconut allergy is not common and most allergists do not consider coconut a tree nut. Please check with your allergist for guidance on this issue.


New Allergy-Friendly Foods for Kids (Part I)


Word of caution: We've made a good-faith effort to obtain accurate information about these products, but as with everything you buy for your children with food allergies, be sure to verify for yourself that these products are indeed safe for the food allergies you manage for your child.

Aunt Gussie's Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

K Company: Aunt Gussie's www.AuntGussies.com

Description: A new variety added to the company's line of gluten-free cookies. These are small, crunchy cookies that are free of preservatives, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish

Aunt Gussie's
Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated gluten-free facility (a separate stand-alone kitchen separate from where the company's wheat-based products are made). Almonds are used in some of the other gluten-free cookie varieties.

Allergen Labeling Policy: A company spokesperson stated that they will always put a warning if made in the same facility as any of the “top 8” allergens.

Availability: Will be available in May 2011 at AuntGussies.com, Amazon.com  and nationally at various natural foods stores. Check Aunt Gussie's store locator for a store near you.

Brothers-All-Natural Freeze-Dried Fruit Crisps

  K V Company: Brothers-All-Natural www.brothersallnatural.com

Description: Three new flavors — Mixed Berry, Mandarin Orange and Apple Cinnamon — have been added to their line-up of freeze-dried fruit snacks that are 100% fruit using non-GMO ingredients and no preservatives or sugar added.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish

Fruit Crisps
Cross-Contamination Issues: According to a company spokesperson, there is “no chance of cross-contamination with any of the Top 8 allergens.” In 2010, a company spokesperson told KFA that the product is made in China in a dedicated “top 8 allergen-free” facility. The company conducts quarterly allergen testing; Disney, Walmart and Costco also conduct their own regular quality and safety tests.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable because of their dedicated facility.

Availability: Available online at Brothersallnatural.com or Amazon.com; numerous major national chains including Costco, Walmart, Toys-R-Us and Whole Foods; or check the store locator for a store near you.

Canyon Bakehouse Artisan Gluten-Free Breads

K Company: Canyon Bakehouse www.CanyonBakehouse.com

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free BreadsDescription: A line of five 100% whole grain gluten-free bread products.
  • Gluten Free Hamburger Buns
  • Mountain White Gluten Free Bread
  • San Juan 7-Grain Gluten Free Bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin Gluten Free Bread
  • Rosemary & Thyme Gluten Free Focaccia
  • Cranberry Crunch Gluten Free Muffins


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free facility.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Will always put a warning if a product is made on the same machinery or in the same facility as any of the "top 8" allergens.

Availability: Can be purchased online at the company's website; or find a local store near you with Canyon Bakehouse's store locator.

Daiya Pepperjack Cheese Shreds

  K V Company: Daiya www.DaiyaFoods.com

Daiya dairy-free soy-free cheeseDescription: Daiya has added a new flavor to their popular line of “top 8-free” vegan cheese products. Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds are a delicious, healthy alternative that you can enjoy on quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, or any of your favorite meals. A smooth flavor with a spicy kick! This cheese has no artificial ingredients or preservatives, no trans fats, and is made with non-GMO ingredients.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: Contains coconut oil. Made in a dedicated facility that is free of the “top 8” allergens (with the exception of coconut oil).

Allergen Labeling Policy: None (because of their dedicated facility).

Availability: Find a store near you with Daiya's store locator.

Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies

K Company: Enjoy Life www.enjoylifefoods.com

Description: Enjoy Life has expanded their line of allergen-free cookies (previously all soft, chewy cookies) to include four varieties of crunchy cookies: Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Double Chocolate, Crunchy Vanilla Honey Graham and Crunchy Sugar Crisp. The cookies are free of the allergens listed below in addition to potato, sesame and sulfites.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish

Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated facility that does not contain any of the “top 8” allergens.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable because of the dedicated facility.

Availability: Shipping to distributors in April and expected to hit stores in May and June, at which point it will be available at stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. Check the Enjoy Life store locator to find an online retailer or a store near you.

Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunch Granola

K Company: Enjoy Life www.enjoylifefoods.com

Description: A “top 8” allergen-free granola that's fortified with vitamins and minerals and loaded with Enjoy Life's Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips. Free of the allergens listed below in addition to potato, sesame and sulfites.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish

Enjoy Life Chocolate Granola
Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated facility that does not contain any of the “top 8” allergens.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable because of the dedicated facility.

Availability: Shipping to distributors in April and expected to hit stores in May and June, at which point it will be available at stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. Check the Enjoy Life store locator to find an online retailer or a store near you.

Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

  K V Company: Enjoy Life www.enjoylifefoods.com

Description: Enjoy Life has taken the same premium quality chocolate that they use to make their highly popular Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips and turned it into “mega chunks.” Each chunk is approximately 3/4" long by 1/4" to 3/8" wide by 1/4" thick. Great for baking or eating right out of the bag. Free of the allergens listed below as well as potato, sesame and sulfites.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish

Enjoy Life Chocolate Mega Chunks
Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated facility that does not contain any of the “top 8” allergens.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable because of the dedicated facility.

Availability: Shipping to distributors in April and expected to hit stores in May and June, at which point it will be available at stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. Check the Enjoy Life store locator to find an online retailer or a store near you.

Food For Lovers Vegan Queso

V Company: Food for Lovers www.food-for-lovers.com

Description: This vegan queso is a new take on an old Texas favorite. Deliciously spicy with a creaminess you never thought you'd experience without dairy. This product is not yet Kosher, but the company is working on obtaining Kosher certification. 

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: A company spokesperson stated that there's a possibility that the product may contain traces of dairy and tree nuts — even though the label clearly states that it has “no dairy” and “no nuts.”

Vegan Queso Allergen Labeling Policy: They do not currently have an allergen warning labeling policy, although they plan to start including warning statements when they print the next batch of labels.

Availability: Available at a variety of vegan shops (including vegan online stores), and some Whole Foods Markets locations. Find a store near you with their store locator. Also available online at Amazon.com.

Glow Gluten Free Cookies

K Company: Glow Gluten Free www.GlowGlutenFree.com

Glow Gluten Free Cookies Description: Four varieties of gluten free / casein free cookies, each packaged in very attractive containers: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies and Gingersnap Cookies. These cookies are all natural and do not contain trans fats nor preservatives.


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated gluten-free, casein-free, peanut-free kitchen. The Chocolate Chip Cookies and Double Chocolate Cookies have soy lecithin in the chocolate chips; the Double Chocolate Cookies have coconut. Other tree nuts are used in the kitchen. All varieties are made with garbanzo and fava bean flour.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Will always include a warning if produced in the same facility as any of the “top 8” allergens.

Availability: Available online at the company's website, or use the Glow Gluten Free store locator to find a store near you.

Ian's Gluten-Free Onion Rings

Company: Ian's Natural Foods www.IansNaturalFoods.com

Description: Traditional golden battered onion rings, without the allergens.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Ian's Gluten Free Onion Rings Cross-Contamination Issues: The company's website states: “Ian's Red Banner allergen-free line adheres to stringent manufacturing guidelines. Any possible contaminant (like wheat) is removed from the plant. The equipment and room are then thoroughly sanitized. All ingredients and machinery are swab-tested for cross-contamination. In addition, each run of finished product is checked for the presence of wheat, milk, eggs, nuts or soy by an independent testing laboratory.”

Allergen Labeling Policy: A company spokesperson stated that they will always include a warning if a product is produced in the same facility or on the same machinery as the “top 8” allergens.

Availability: Available at conventional and natural foods stores nationwide; use Ian's store locator to find a store near you.

Indie Candy

  K VCompany: Indie Candy www.IndieCandy.com

Indie Candy Description: A big variety of artisan candies – hard candies, gummies and chocolates – in a wide variety of flavors (including pineapple, watermelon, mango, key lime, orange and strawberry) and cute shapes. Candies in seasonal shapes are also available. These candies are made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: Although the products do not contain corn in their ingredients, corn starch is used in the molds. The company's website states: “Our in-house artisan candies are free of Big 8 allergens: peanuts, treenuts, wheat, soy, dairy, fish and shellfish. There are no Big 8 allergens in the kitchen at all. The ingredients in our house made products are all Kosher certified. Also, the majority of our ingredients are organic.” Not all products sold on their website are vegan or Kosher, read the product's description for more information.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable because of dedicated facility free of the “big 8” allergens.

Availability: Available online at the company's website, and at Whole Foods stores in the Southeast.

Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil

V Company: Beneficial Blends www.kelapo.com
Kelapo Coconut Oil
Description: Eight ounce and 15 ounce jars of coconut oil for use in cooking, baking and sautéing, where it can be used in place of butter, shortening or other oils. Natural, cold-pressed, unrefined and certified organic and fair trade. Coconut oil is solid at temperatures under 78 °F and liquefies at temperatures above this.


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: A company spokesperson stated that this product is processed in a co-packing facility, and that all equipment is thoroughly cleaned before the coconut oil is produced.

Allergen Labeling Policy: None.

Availability: Available online at the company's website and Amazon.com.

Matt's Munchies Premium Fruit Snacks

  K V Company: Matt's Munchies www.mattsmunchies.com

Description: Matt's Munchies are pure and natural Fruit Leathers in nine flavors: Mango, Island Mango, Ginger Spice, Apple-Licious, Banana, Choco-Nana, Raspberry Delight, Apple Pie, Chili Chocolate. Each fruit snack has less then 100 calories per one ounce serving. Matt's Munchies are organic and do not have additives, artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives. No added sugar except in chocolate flavors.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Matt's Munchies Fruit Snacks Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated facility that is free of all of the "top 8" allergens except coconut (found in the Island Mango flavor).

Allergen Labeling Policy: None.

Availability: Available online at the company's website or Amazon.com. Search Matt's Munchies' store locator to find a store near you.

Mrs. Lauralicious Bake A-Licious Gluten & Dairy Free Mixes

  K V Company: Mrs. Lauralicious www.mrslauralicious.com

Description: A full line of eight baking mixes, all made in a dedicated "top 8-free" facility. Choices include: Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Vanilla Cake Mix, White Bread Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, Muffin Mix, Pie Crust Mix and Pancake Waffle Crepe Mix. Created by a certified nutritionist and baker who has multiple food allergies. All ingredients are non-GMO and certified gluten-free.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Mrs. Lauralicious Gluten and Allergen Free Mixes Cross-Contamination Issues: Made in a dedicated facility that is free of all of the "top 8" allergens.

Allergen Labeling Policy: None due to dedicated facility.

Availability: These brand new products will be available soon at the company's website and possibly other retailers.

Nairn's Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

Company: Nairn's Oatcakes www.nairns-oatcakes.com

Nairns Oatcake Cookies Description: These crunchy Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies are the latest addition to the Nairn's oat cookie line and are free of trans fats, are made with non-GMO ingredients and are low on the glycemic index.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: Contains palm oil; may contain traces of milk; made in a nut-free facility.

Allergen Labeling Policy: A company spokesperson stated that they will always include a warning if the product is made in the same facility as any "top 8" allergens.

Availability: Available online at Amazon.com and TheScottishGrocer.com, as well as various natural foods stores nationwide.

Rhythm Superfoods Sweet Potato Chips

Rhythm Sweet Potato Chips VCompany: Rhythm Superfoods www.RhythmSuperfoods.com

Description: Organic sweet potatoes, sliced and slow-dehydrated into crunchy chips. Available in two flavors: Hickory BBQ and Sea Salt. These chips are fat-free, raw, and made from non-GMO ingredients.


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: The packaging states, "Made in a facility where nuts, including tree nuts, are used."

Allergen Labeling Policy: A company spokesperson stated that they only include a warning if nut products are used in the facility, and do not use warning labels for other allergens.

Availability: Available online at Amazon.com, or use the store locator to find a store near you.

Shabtai Gluten Free Devil Stix

KCompany: Cinderella Sweets www.ShabtaiGourmet.com

Shabtai Devils Stix (gluten free) Description: This is a mini version of the company's Gluten Free Swiss Chocolate Roll, a devils food chocolate sponge cake rolled up with white crème and covered in dark chocolate. These stix do not contain preservatives, trans fats nor hydrogenated oils.


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: May be cross-contaminated with tree nuts.

Allergen Labeling Policy: None.

Availability: Available by May 2011 online at the company's website, GlutenFreeMall.com, or use the Shabtai Gourmet store locator to find a store near you.

So Delicious Coconut Milk No Sugar Added Frozen Desserts

  K V Company: Turtle Mountain www.SoDeliciousDairyFree.com

So Delicious No Sugar Added Frozen Desserts Description: "Ice cream"-like desserts based on coconut milk that is dairy-free, soy-free and has no added sugar. Five flavors are available in pint size: Chocolate, Mint Chip, Toasted Almond Chip, Vanilla Bean and Butter Pecan. Ingredients are non-GMO.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: There is a very detailed explanation of the company's allergen control policies on their website. This includes the following statement: “It is Turtle Mountain's policy to exclude all allergens from our products unless they are known constituents of an ingredient and the allergen is declared on the package. We use state of the art testing procedures with sensitivity to the allergen down to five parts per million (5 ppm). Our allergen program involves validating the cleanliness of the processing line, auditing the raw materials and testing the intermediates and finished products.” Some flavors do not contain tree nuts or corn. Check the company's product list and allergen identification table.

Allergen Labeling Policy: The packaging references their allergen policy (see above).

Availability: Available in May 2011 at supermarkets and natural foods stores nationwide.

So Delicious Coconut Milk No Sugar Added Frozen Bars

  K V Company: Turtle Mountain www.SoDeliciousDairyFree.com

So Delicious No Sugar Added Frozen Bars Description: Mini “ice cream bar”-like dessert based on coconut milk that is dairy-free, soy-free and has no added sugar. Available in two flavors: No Sugar Added Fudge Bar and No Sugar Added Vanilla Bar. Each box contains four bars. Ingredients are non-GMO.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Cross-Contamination Issues: There is a very detailed explanation of the company's allergen control policies on their website. This includes the following statement: “It is Turtle Mountain's policy to exclude all allergens from our products unless they are known constituents of an ingredient and the allergen is declared on the package. We use state of the art testing procedures with sensitivity to the allergen down to five parts per million (5 ppm).  Our allergen program involves validating the cleanliness of the processing line, auditing the raw materials and testing the intermediates and finished products.”

Allergen Labeling Policy: The packaging references their allergen policy (see above).

Availability: Available in May 2011 at supermarkets and natural foods stores nationwide.

SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy

  K V Company: SunButter www.sunbutter.com

Description: Sunflower seed spread that's a terrific alternative to peanut butter and nut butters. Same great taste of SunButter® Natural, but it doesn't separate like the other SunButter varieties, so there's no need to stir it.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


Sunbutter No Stir Cross-Contamination Issues: All SunButter products are made on equipment that processes soy. Made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Will always put a warning if made in the same facility as any of the “top 8” allergens."

Availability: Will be available in stores in beginning in May 2011. Currently available on the company's website and on Amazon.com.

WayFare We Can't Say It's Cheese (Spreads and Dips)

  K V Company: WayFare, Inc. www.WayFareFoods.com

Description: Four varieties of non-dairy, non-soy "cheese" spreads and dips, all made from whole grain oatmeal in a dedicated allergen-free facility: Cheddar Spread, Hickory Cheddar Spread, Mexi Cheddar Dip and Cheddar Sauce. These spreads and dips are made without hydrogenated oil, trans fats or GMO ingredients. Certified gluten-free.

Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


WayFare Dairy-Free Soy-Free Cheese Spreads Cross-Contamination Issues: Contains coconut oil and sesame. Made in a dedicated facility free of other "top 8" ingredients.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable due to their dedicated facility.

Availability: Will be available on the company's website soon; or use WayFare's store locator to find a store near you.

WayFare We Can't Say It's Sour Cream

  K V Company: WayFare, Inc. www.WayFareFoods.com

Description: A dairy-free, soy-free "sour cream" made without trans fats, hydrogenated oil and GMO ingredients. Certified gluten-free.


Free of These Allergens:
Milk
Egg

Wheat
Gluten
Peanut
Tree nuts
Coconut
Soy
Corn
Fish
Shellfish


WayFare Dairy-Free Soy-Free Sour Cream Cross-Contamination Issues: Contains coconut oil. Made in a dedicated facility free of other "top 8" ingredients.

Allergen Labeling Policy: Not applicable due to their dedicated facility.

Note: WayFare is in the process of changing the ingredients for this product. While much of the product currently on store shelves contains lima beans as a primary ingredient, the reformulated product will be made primarily from rice and oats, with no lima beans. During the transistion period you can rely on each container's ingredient statement to accurately reflect what is in that particular container.

Availability: Will be available on the company's website soon; or use WayFare's store locator to find a store near you.


Published April 2011.




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