"Made in a factory" How safe?

Posted on: Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:10pm
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It's my birthday and my mother has baked a cake and covered it with icing that "may contain traces of nuts". I'm terribly upset and I'm not going to eat it out of pure anxiety and to be on the safe side. How safe IS it though? I feel so horrible that I can't even eat my own 18th birthday cake.

Posted on: Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:06am
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First of all, Happy Birthday!
I also would not eat the cake. You ask how safe it is and I always think of the "may contain" label as it might have nuts or might not have traces of nuts. Is it worth the risk? No! The calculated risk makes it not worth it. It is a bummer that your mom didn't notice the label, but now that you are 18, it is going to be up to you and you alone to ensure your safety.
There have been a few deaths this last year of people your age either taking the risk. People who don't have the allergy just don't understand. I always think is one bite of something going to be worth a $10,000 hospital bill? No. It is a bummer and you may feel you are being left out, but if you can try to think of it another way, you might feel better about it. Just know that you are not alone! And if it means that you make your own bday cake from now on, so be it!
There is no way of knowing how much peanut residue could be in a "may contain" product. Until the FDA patch gets approved, we stay away from any of those. Best of luck to you and I hope you have a great birthday!

Posted on: Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:10am
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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Thank you for your question. Many people wonder whether products with “may contain” labels are safe.
Others have shared the same concern about these precautionary labels. Check out two previous discussions among our members about their experiences here and here.
Although the FDA is required to list a major allergen on a food label, precautionary warnings are voluntary. You can read more about labeling regulations here.
Because “may contain” labelling is voluntary, you need to consider the risk of cross-contamination in these products. Learn more about labeling regulations regarding trace allergens here.
Furthermore, there are incidents when food manufacturers don’t properly label their products properly. Find out how to keep tabs on industry alerts related to labeling and allergies here.
There are helpful resources and safety products available to people with peanut and tree-nut allergies which can reduce anxiety. You can read about them here.
We asked our Facebook community to share their thoughts, and here’s what they had to say.
We hope you find this information helpful. Take care and we hope you had a great birthday!

Posted on: Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:48am
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I would say that it is NOT safe. DON'T eat it. I agree with what the last poster said. :/ I wish you a very happy birthday!

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:28am
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Hope you had a good birthday! I avoid anything that says may contain because you just never know. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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