DD reacted to a plain biscuit from McDonald\'s

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 1:40am
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We don't normally eat at McDonald's. We went a couple of years ago to meet friends but my DD didn't eat--played in the Playplace and she broke out with hives. Yesterday I checked their website and encouraged (yeah--great---now my DD is going to be very hesitant to try anything new) DD to try a biscuit from there. Assistant manager said the biscuits contain no peanuts/eggs (as does the website). My daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, cantaloupe and honey dew---possibly still egg (her RAST is 0 but skin test was positive, so we're retesting in a year before a food challenge). I think this was an issue of cross-contamination in the restaurant/kitchen---possibly gloves/hands had residue--I don't know. We didn't eat there---just got the biscuit in the drive-thru. 10 minutes later she had 2 hives on her face and said she felt "sickish". I was driving the car down the highway and only saw the hives once we got to our destination about 10 minutes later. I gave her Benadryl. She then had a few of more hives pop out (neck and arm)and I sat there closely watching her. Hours later she tells me that during that time her throat started hurt and felt like someone had "squeezed it skinny"--she is 5 years old so keep that in mind with her description. Her voice remained the same during that time, she wasn't coughing, and she didn't appear to be in any distress (other than itchy). Had she told me those symptoms at the time, I would have given her the Epi. We had a long talk about telling me ALL her symptoms and not hiding anything out of fear of getting the Epi-Pen. Hiding her symptoms is quite concerning to me. I'm not sure how to handle this (anyone else's kids do this???).

I've contacted McDonald's and I'm waiting for a reply. DD just had testing recently so her allergy list is as I stated. She is a Class 6 for peanut and is very sensitive to trace contacts, which is why I suspect the issue is with peanut.

Fortunately, this reaction turned out OK, but I am wondering if anyone else has tried the plain biscuits with their allergic children.

INGREDIENTS FROM MCDONALDS WEBSITE
Biscuit (Regular):
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), buttermilk (cultured skim milk, skim milk, guar gum, tapioca starch, salt, sodium citrate, food starch-modified, locust bean gum, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides, modified tapioca starch), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, water, contains less than 2% of the following: salt, sugar, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), modified cellulose, natural flavor (plant source), soy lecithin. Prepared with liquid margarine. CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK AND SOY LECITHIN

Thanks,
Nicole

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 2:13am
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Wow-- how scary. I would also bet on XC within the kitchen.
It's why we avoid fast food like the plague, honestly. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
As for hiding symptoms..... oh boy, can I relate. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
My now 8 yo has done this on not one, not two, but FOUR occasions in the last six months where she really should have gotten an epipen. A couple of aerosol rxns, a contact reaction and one vanishingly small ingestion. In her case, same story-- I could SEE some symptoms, but she was not very forthcoming (until later) about some others. Like chest tightness/difficulty breathing. ( [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )
We had her allergist address this with her when we could see we as parents weren't making much headway over it. Which he was quite happy to do, given her rxn history-- probably scared her, honestly, but I think this is what she needed. She's been more forthcoming since then.
I sure hope you can figure out how this happened and help her to understand it too, so that she can trust you with [i]all[/i] of her symptoms. {{hugs}}

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 4:28am
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Biscuit as in the breakfast biscuits? I'm sorry, but to me it sounds like your daughter is still allergic to egg. I used to work at a McDonalds, and the workers who handle the eggs for the sandwiches are the workers who handle the plain biscuits, and there's no way they stopped to wash their hands between then. It's like a cross-contamination nightmare back there. Anything prepped in the kitchen is probably cross-contaminated with everything else in the kitchen.
Fortunately for the PA/TNA, anything with nuts is an entirely different area and prepared seperately by different workers (the ones who take your orders rather than the ones who make the burgers).
So yeah, if she might still be allergic to egg, then that was probably the problem and not the nuts. If she turns out to NOT be allergic to eggs, then I don't know.

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 4:53am
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Starlight-I thought of the egg, too, but DD has items with baked egg without any reaction and her RAST has dropped each year from low to zero. She had a food challenge 2 years ago and failed it after she had her 6th dose--equivalent to 6 hardboiled eggs (!). A trace amount on her biscuit--I looked at the biscuit before I gave it to her--as I inspect all of her food for visible signs of cross contamination and there was nothing visible on it. Her reactions to invisible, minute amounts of peanut protein (she is also skin contact and airborne allergic to peanuts) leads me to believe this was peanut. Just to put this in perspective and explain why I am pointing to peanut as opposed to egg, DD ate food with eggs in them until she was tested. She also used to eat Dunkin Donut glazed munchkins several times a week (they don't contain egg but they are around all of the other flavors that do) and she never had a reaction (we stopped using Dunkin Donuts due to the addition of peanut butter cookies in the store but that is another topic).
I hope I have explained why I definitely think this was nut-related (peanut or possibly tree nut, though she's never had a reaction to tree nuts). Maybe someone in the kitchen ate pb toast prior to going to work and got some on the gloves before handling her biscuit---I don't know and probably will not. This mimics other reactions she's had in the past to peanut cross-contamination.
CM-Thanks for the info about your DD. When I talked to mine more about 'hiding' symptoms, she said she only recognized her throat was bothering her because I kept asking her and was making her nervous. Maybe my questioning was giving her a mini-panic attack, in addition, to the anxiety she was already feeling about Epi and some mistrust toward me as I had assured her the biscuit was safe.
Anyway, thanks for the replies.
Nicole

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 5:27am
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Nicole,
This is so complex isn't it. First to provide safe foods and not live in a bubble and then to try and interpret our children's symptoms. I'm sorry that your daughter had this reaction. I was going to have Mc Donalds for dinner tonight b/c we are going to an exersize class at 5pm and it may hit 100 degrees here today. I think I'll drive by the drive through and we'll have cereal for dinner!
Hugs to you and your daughter. Hang in there.

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2007 - 7:17am
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Sorry to hear about your dd's reaction. I have never had to deal with a reaction by my dd from McDonald's and she is the same level as your daughter. It would be my guess that it might be the egg as opposed to the peanut but thats just a thought as we go to McDonald's all the time. Hopefully it can be figured out the not knowing can be very frustrating.

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2007 - 8:50am
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Well, the soy lecithin jumped out at me if she's a Class 6 for peanut.
Any problem with soy?
But you want to know what really jumped out? [b]natural flavor (plant source)[/b]
That has me wondering.
I'm glad she's doing okay. (((hugs))) all around. That's very scary.
Ever think about going back to that McD's incognito and ordering a biscuit or two or three and having them sent off for testing?

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2007 - 9:26pm
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McCobbre-She eats many things with soy lecithin and never a problem. I could order a biscuit and send it away but I'm thinking it was cross-contamination from whoever wrapped it up. McDonald's (the local franchise manager) called me (I emailed corporate) and I haven't called back yet--I've been crazy-busy since that day. I will ask them to investigate the "natural flavoring".
I am so hesitant to try any new foods with her, especially from restaurants. I let my guard down, and unfortunately my DD, as well. It all turned out fine....that is the fortunate part.
Thanks,
Nicole

Posted on: Sat, 07/14/2007 - 9:01am
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I thought the biscuits have some type of glaze that has eggs in it. That is what I was told.

Posted on: Sun, 07/15/2007 - 3:28pm
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Josh's mom-McDonald's lists no egg in the ingredients nor in the bolded allergens...they do on other products. I confirmed this again with the manager...no eggs.
It was my DD's first and last time eating McDonald's--she has made that very clear.

Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2007 - 11:16am
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I am sorry your daughter reacted, but about a year ago if not less I could not give my son a biscuit b/c the manager said there was a sauce put on the biscuit that contained egg. It used to be on the website, but I don't see it anymore. I like homeade biscuits better anyway.

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