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Posted on: Sun, 03/11/2001 - 1:54pm
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Wowser! This one had hit page 2. I'm sorry.
So, I'm bringing it up again. Please remember that Easter is coming up and our American friends could certainly use a change and some "safe" candy.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2001 - 12:42pm
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Just me, bringing up the thread again!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 03/31/2001 - 12:56pm
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Just bringing up the thread again. I would like to remind ALL Canadians that Easter is coming and Smarties would be very much appreciated by our U.S. friends.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 1:29pm
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Joined: 09/08/1999 - 09:00

I had posted some time back that I was willing to send Smarties south - yes us Canadians do have something to offer other than lumber (another story for another site). I was linked up with someone but she has never contacted me. I would really like to do this b/c my son has a variety of allergies and I wouldn't mind trading some foods that you have done there for this offer. I can be reached at [email]osinchuk@telusplanet.net[/email] much easier. So let me know.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 1:48pm
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Cheryl, I back-tracked through this thread (not a pleasant task) and found that you had been "officially paired" with Jodi. I e-mailed Jodi and asked her to either visit this thread and post a response to you, e-mail me, or e-mail you at the e-mail address you just posted.
I'm sorry, I guess I just figure once I pair people up if they run into any difficulties they would search out the e-mail address of the other person and contact them. I do know that when I "officially pair" people (which hasn't been happening at all lately), that I do e-mail each person and let them know that they have been "officially paired" with so and so. I have yet to run into any difficulties or perhaps people aren't posting when they do have them.
At any rate, here's hoping that someone hears from Jodi.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2001 - 1:26pm
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Just re-raising this thread again. I was really hoping that we could have had some matches before Easter!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 2:30am
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Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Popular chocolates no longer safe for children with peanut allergies; children, families, schools, daycares need warning, says organization
Story Filed: Thursday, April 19, 2001 9:41 AM EST
TORONTO, Apr 19, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Today, Nestle Canada Inc. announced that five of its confectionery products -- Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies. The decision has caused concern for the safety of Canadians with life- threatening peanut and nut allergies, primarily children. There could be more than 500,000 Canadians allergic to peanuts or other nuts who need to receive this message.
"These five products, particularly Smarties, are staple treats in the homes and schools of children with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies," said Dr. Jane Salter, president of the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada, a charitable organization that represents people with life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis). "They have been widely promoted for many years as safe treats. We are very concerned that people may continue to use these products, putting children at risk. We need to get the message out that these products will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies."
The Anaphylaxis Network of Canada lobbied Nestle to reverse its decision, particularly since the company has supported educational initiatives of the organization and promoted these products as safe treats for people with peanut and nut allergies.
"It may seem like much ado about nothing - after all, it's just chocolate," Dr. Salter said. "This decision, however, will have a potentially dangerous impact on people who live with these allergies. Very few chocolate bars or candies are safe for them. Most contain peanuts or other nuts, or have been exposed to them in the factory. Just one tiny bite of a product with nuts or nut residue can cause a fatal reaction.
"Allergic children have been taught that these products are safe and the message has been extended to the community at large. Unless families, schools and daycares are adequately informed, these children could be at serious risk," she said.
Ingredient labels on the Nestle treats will now state; "Allergy Alert; May contain traces of nuts/peanuts". Dr. Salter asked her peanut-allergic 10 year-old if she would think to check the label on familiar, trusted treats. Recalls Dr. Salter, "She said, 'No, Mom! Would I check the ingredients of milk?' And she is not alone in the degree to which she trusts these Nestle products."
People with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies must choose all food with great care and read the food label every time. In a recent U.S. study of deaths from severe food allergy, 94% were due to peanut or nut allergy. Despite the fact that 97% of the victims knew that they were allergic to a specific food, not one of them was aware that the food they were about to eat contained the life-threatening ingredient.
At the same time, people with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies are facing a smaller selection of products billed as nut-free. "Nestle Canada is not the only company that has discontinued nut-free products," said Dr. Salter. "We need to look at why this is happening, and how we can ensure that the growing number of people with life-threatening food allergies have safe access to a wide range of foods in the future."
Parents and their children with peanut and nut allergies are available to talk about living with this life-threatening condition. Dr. Salter is also available for interviews.
CONTACT: For further information: and interviews with families, call: The
Anaphylaxis Network of Canada: (416) 785-5666; To speak with Dr. Salter
directly: Dr. Jane Salter, President, (416) 785-5666, (416) 484 0837 or
(416) 738 5263;

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 3:35am
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Eileen, thank-you for posting the information above. I actually didn't receive e-mail notification for some reason that someone had posted in the thread or I would have seen this terrible news a bit sooner!
At any rate, due to the above, I am closing the thread and would like to apologize to anyone that was waiting for Smarties. I would also like to ensure everyone that has received them that they have received "safe" Smarties.
I could actually continue running this thread until January 1, 2002, but the "may contain" warnings are going to start to go on the Smarties now (even though they'll still be "safe") so the public can get used to this.
If I won't allow a "may contain" product into my home, I can't continue to run a thread where the product says "may contain", even though it doesn't YET.
I am so angry and upset it is unreal. The only consolation I got out of this whole thing was that I did find out that the Smarties that everyone has received to-date have, in fact, been "safe", made in a nut free facility.
Looks like things might pick up in Julie's Sixlets thread!
Again, my apologies. I'm actually going to miss this.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 4:14am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Might we keep this open in hopes of obtaining the last of the "no-warning" candies?
I would very much like to stockpile an extra case of Smarties (and/or KitKats) for the very reasons you mentioned above, Cindy.
Just as I think I've finally convinced everyone that "may contain" labels are a risk we'd rather not take...along comes this.
I would be more than happy to cover all costs involved -- and I'm trying to think of something "fun" that I can get here in the States that might be a treat for someone in Canada. I'm part of an organic buying co-op, so I have pretty good access to quite a few well-known brands, if someone would prefer "stuff" to money. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Anyway -- if it's okay to keep the thread up for just a bit longer, Cindy, I'd like to.
I think at this point it could go "uncoordinated", and give you a break!
--Sue, reluctant to give up one of the few "normal" treats we've had.

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 5:32am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Here is the "contact us" link at the Nestle Canada web site so we can let them know how disappointing this decision is. Our American friends are strongly enouraged to participate, so we can keep this "goodwill" thread alive! I've had the pleasure of corresponding with 2 wonderful mothers through this thread, my "Smarties Buddies", so let's all contact Nestle - who knows what can happen unless we try!
Remember, for every 1 letter a food manufacturer receives, they assume 200 other people feel the same way, but didn't take the time to write. Let's make a difference! Just click on this link:
Good luck, everyone!


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