Burger King?

Posted on: Mon, 10/11/1999 - 2:31am
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Is BK (USA) safe? I'm talking about just fries and sandwiches, not desserts or anything. Anyone have experience with this? We eat OK at McDonald's with my PA son but I'd like to branch out if possible.

Posted on: Mon, 10/11/1999 - 3:53am
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Ask for a list of ingredients or check to see if they post them at your local restaurant. We're in Connecticut and my peanut and tree nut allergic son eats the chicken nuggets, fries, and cheeseburgers without any problems. Something to note Burger King uses buns with sesame seeds unlike McD's.

Posted on: Mon, 10/11/1999 - 4:27am
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We have a problem with BK as my daughter is allergic to soy as well as to peanuts. There is an internet site for Burger King and the ingredients of the BK Broiler include soy protien. The broilers are run on the same equipment as the burgers and drop into the same bin. Thus the cross contamination issue comes into play for us.
Good Luck in the fast food search.
MaryLynn

Posted on: Mon, 10/11/1999 - 11:54am
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My is four years old and has a peanut, nut and sesame allergy. He eats hamburgers, fries and chicken nuggets with no problems. The buns have sesame seeds and I would not have the deserts.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 3:15am
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My son also is allergic to peanuts, sesame, and nuts. I am fearful of McD's because of the McFlurry and BK because of the abundance of sesame seeds. I'm not sure which is the worse of two evils!
Take care-
Carrie

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 2:06pm
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Hello all.
I'm a peanut, nut and sesame anaphylactic adult -- have been since early childhood. I no longer eat in restaurants due to the cross-contamination risk. However, my past experiences in fast food restaurants taught me that sesame seeds were omnipresent -- tiny little things that can find their way into foods such as fries and even milkshakes, if the server is careless. This is *on top of* the nut and peanut risk.
For many years, I was simply lucky not to react (pre-Epipen). Then, I reacted to a fast food dish at a local restaurant whose owner I had carefully questioned about the presence of peanut, nut and sesame. I didn't spot the sesame seeds on the plate until my reaction had already begun. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Not to frighten anyone, but peanut, nut and sesame allergy demands (IMHO) special precautions. I don't think that sesame allergy in particular has been given the attention it deserves. Reactions to sesame can be just as dangerous as they are to peanut, and the *average* fast food restaurant (staffed as it often is by teenagers who may not be allergy aware) is a sesame haven, in my experience.
Take care.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/1999 - 12:34am
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I agree with Anna, we do not eat at resturants. For and example: I took my son's and there friends to a hockey game. After the game we went to McDonalds. There were a group of teen's working and bored. We walked in the middle of a (what looked like food fight). My son noticed the peanuts for the topping all around. His friend commented " It's a good thing your Dad isn't here, we would have to take him to the hospital". "Look there are nuts in the ice bin." Needless to say we choose not to eat there.
As your child gets older there friends will look out for them.

Posted on: Thu, 10/21/1999 - 12:25am
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Thanks, everyone. We still haven't tried it. Christopher hasn't been tested for sesame yet--he has other medical issues and I'm trying to space out the appointments so we don't go to the doctor more than once a month if possible! I agree cross-contamination may be a problem. OTOH since he's never had a serious reaction, our allergist believes he probably won't have anaphylaxis from a small, accidental exposure--of course I always carry the epi-pen, ask questions, and do a thorough visual check before feeding him, I'm not relaxed about it, but this may be why he's been OK so far. In 3 years he's never reacted to anything at several different McD's. Of course I won't feed him sesame seeds unless he tests negative for that...I was just thinking maybe the fries, and I'll check with my local BK before I do that. Thanks for your opinions.

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