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Hi. I'm knew to this--child recently diagnosed. I've heard about avoiding "natural and artificial flavorings," but what about substitutes, such as "cocoa butter substitute"? What about chewing gum? One brand listed "vegetable oil" as an ingredient. Last, does anyone have a list of candy and chocolate that is okay? I live in the United Arab Emirates, and food here is imported from all over. Thanks.

On Aug 16, 2002

I would avoid vague labeling such as "vegetable oil." Can you order your chocolate from VermontNutFree.com? That is where I get my baking chocolate (although I have used Guittard in the past with no reactions). We live in the states and my son likes to eat Skittles, Mike and Ikes (whose company "Just Born" also makes Hot Tamales and Peeps both of which are also safe), and Twizzlers. I order Canadian Kit-Kats and Smarties for him from PanhandlePremium.com. He loves both of them!

That is all I can think of right now.

Jaime

On Aug 16, 2002

ummariam, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I have been dealing with PA for the past 5-1/2 years. So far, I have never had to worry about natural flavourings and colourings although I do know that if you are concerned, you can call the manufacturer (I prefer to e-mail manufacturers because you get a written response from them).

For checking out different manufacturers and getting e-mail addresses, allergy information, etc. for American and Canadian manufacturers, I highly recommend visiting the [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] website. Click on Food Allergies and then you will find a list of the big manufacturers and how they stand as far as allergies.

There is a BIG difference between how the same company labels in America and Canada.

Here, in Canada, I believe that if something is labeled "vegetable oil" it is "safe". I believe we do have to label if it is peanut oil. I will stand to be corrected on that.

For candy, Nestle produces a "safe" line of chocolate bars. We have a thread running on this website where you can sign up to have a Canadian (they are not available in America) send some to you.

Trebor-Allan (also Canadian) has a wonderful assortment of different candies. Not all of them are safe, but what I consider kids' favourites certainly are.

We do have a large number of Canadians posting here and I really think that if you would like to try some of the candies, other than Nestle (post in the Smarties thread if you would like some Smarties or other Nestle products), just let us know and I'm sure it can be arranged.

I hope you find all the information you need on PA.com. I'm positive you will, along with support, caring, concern and encouragement.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 20, 2002

AJSMAMA: Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

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Originally posted by AJSMAMA: [b]I would avoid vague labeling such as "vegetable oil." Can you order your chocolate from VermontNutFree.com? That is where I get my baking chocolate (although I have used Guittard in the past with no reactions). We live in the states and my son likes to eat Skittles, Mike and Ikes (whose company "Just Born" also makes Hot Tamales and Peeps both of which are also safe), and Twizzlers. I order Canadian Kit-Kats and Smarties for him from PanhandlePremium.com. He loves both of them!

That is all I can think of right now.

Jaime[/b]

On Aug 20, 2002

Yes.. in Canada if an item is labelled "vegetable oil" it should be safe. The Food and Drug Act of the Canadian Government requires that peanut oil be declared on the label as peanut oil.

Food and Drugs Act and Regulations

[url="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/food-aliment/friia-raaii/food_drugs-aliments_drogues/act-loi/e_index.html"]http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/food-aliment/friia-raaii/food_drugs-aliments_drogues/act-loi/e_index.html[/url]

Part B - Foods Divisions 1-14 (info) February 2002

page 7 of 124 Subsection 4

(4) Notwithstanding sub-sections (1) and (2)where any of the following components is contained as an ingredient in the tables of these sub-sections, that component shall be shown in the list of ingredients:

a) peanut oil b) hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated peanut oil c) modified peanut oil

So in my reading of the Food and Drug Act, I believe that peanut oil must be declared on the label (in Canada).

If ayone wants to review the act I have posted the link above.

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