a long grocery store letter

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 1:29am
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I just thought I'd share a letter I intend to send to the grocery store managers in my area. Please feel free to use it or critique it for me.

Dear Store Manager,
The number of people being diagnosed with life-threatening allergies to peanuts continues to grow every year. Many of these individuals can experience anaphylactic shock (which can result in death if not treated immediately) just from coming in contact with a miniscule amount of a peanut or even from smelling peanuts.

As a mother of two peanut allergic children, I am compelled to teach them at an early age what foods are acceptable to eat and even just handle. Part of this learning process includes taking them into places such as restaurants and grocery stores so I can model for them how to read labels, ask questions about food preparation and stay away from potentially dangerous foods.

Since the safest foods for them to eat are fruits and vegetables, it is quite distressing that I fear taking them through the produce aisles in grocery stores due to the open bins of peanuts. When I do take them shopping, I have them ride in their own stroller or if they are in the carts, I then worry that other customers may have bought peanuts and left residue on the carts. You see, that's all it takes.

Now that more and more people are afflicted with this very serious allergy, and since many of them (especially young children) may not know that they are allergic, an open bin of peanuts could become the cause of an unfortunate, yet avoidable tragedy.

I ask you to please consider remedying this dangerous situation in your store. If you wish to learn more facts on which to base your decision, please visit [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]www.foodallergy.org[/url] or [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com."]www.peanutallergy.com.[/url] You may also contact me directly at ---------.

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 2:03am
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mtal,
Excellent! I wouldn't change a thing!

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 10:01am
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Wow! This is PERFECT! I was thinking about sending a similar letter to our local "Wally World". I went there on Sunday afternoon with my PA daughter (5) and realized as we got to the door that there was a boiled peanut vender at each entrance! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] The smell hit ME in the face like a ton of bricks, so I can imagine what it would do to a child. I covered my daughter's face and we ran in and I went straight to the Manager! I was burning MAD! I explained to the manager that it was a life threatening issue and could potentially kill my child. She said she would see what she could do and when we left the store the vendors were moved back about 5 feet... not enough to make a difference but at least they tried. I think I'll write them a letter [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img].
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 11:12pm
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Valerie- I would definetly write them a letter. I've found that when I try to explain it to people while they're working, they are too distracted so a letter with websites or articles they can read seems to help. Also, it gives me a chance to calm down and say what I really think they need to know. That must have been awful for you at "Wally World" & I hope you can get them to understand about pa. Let us know what happens! -Mary

Posted on: Fri, 01/25/2002 - 3:37am
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Excellent letter! Good for you for being an advocate on behalf of your children and ours!
Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 2:39am
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Thanks for posting this letter. I am using it as a starter for my own letter to Dominick's/Safeway and Jewel.
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Jean
mom to 3-year-old with PA

Posted on: Sat, 04/12/2003 - 1:01am
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Mtal,
Excellent! Let us know what response you get.

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