deli meat question

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I know most do not allow their PA children to eat meats from a deli. Why is this exactly? I thought it had to do with peanut oil on the outsides of some meats which gets on the slicers but when I inquired about this at my grocery store's deli they looked at me like I had 3 heads.

The one woman said she has been doing deli meats for 30 years and has never heard of PA kids not being able to eat such meats.

She also asked what would be another name for peanut oil because she was reading the labels- is there another name? So, basically I am wondering what I need to ask the deli workers in regards to safe deli meats? -If there are any.

On May 3, 2005

To my knowledge, the main issue with deli's is cross-contamination. I think there are deli meats and some types of sausage which contain nuts. The slicer could be contaminated with nuts. The deli worker wears gloves, but may have served a deli salad containing nuts or peanuts which could get on the gloves or serving implements.

------------------ Mom to 5 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 2 yr old EA son.

On May 3, 2005

Funny this subject came up. Just last week at the deli counter, we've always served ds deli meat, I saw pistachio bologna. Go figure. Talked with deli worker, did manage to get pre sliced ham she sliced herself off of a newly cleaned slicer. Forget the pepperoni, my ds' favorite!

On May 3, 2005

These responses are interesting- I'm glad to see deli meats have been used without a problem. Has anyone ever had a reaction from deli meat? Which meats contain nuts? I'm sure this is a comfort zone area so I'm trying to decide if this is in mine or not.

On May 3, 2005

I think the pistachio bologna is called Mortadella.

On May 3, 2005

We avoid deli meats because of my son's DA. Not only the cross-contamination issue with cheese, but a lot of deli meats contain dairy in some form. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

If not for the DA, I don't think I'd have a problem with deli meats.

------------------ [i][b]Peanut Slayer[/b][/i]

On May 3, 2005

We do avoid deli meats. We weren't at first after my DS was diagnosed with PA, but then I read about the pistachios in mortadella, and also noticed that you could buy some meats with a pesto coating on the outside (we are also avoiding tree nuts).

I figured that since we didn't have easy access to read the ingedients, and cross contam. is an issue with the slicer, why chance it. I won't buy a pre-packaged product where I can't read the ingredients, so why would I do this at the deli.

On a side note, the deli workers are perfectly willing to let me look at a package that still has the ingedients on it, clean the slicer and cut from the new package, but there is no way I would get them to do this on a busy grocery shopping day (maybe once and a while, but not every time KWIM?).

On May 3, 2005

I work for Zehrs Markets Deli dept and have for the past 15 years. I have read everything in our deli and nothing poses a threst to my PN/TNA daughter. I am of course only speaking for the deli that I work in. In our order book the Mortadella with pistachio is not listed as an item that we carry. I believe all Zehrs, loblaws,RCSS, Fortinos have the same order books, as we all use the same wearhouse. But I am not %100 on this. I will be sure to find this out. In our store we carry 2 different brands of Mortadella, I will ask next week when salesmen come in about the pistachio issue and the possibilities of cross contaimination within the factory. I will research this and post my findings.

On May 3, 2005

I have never heard of this. It totally makes sense though. Something else to remember when grocery shopping.

Pam

On May 3, 2005

My ds is allergic to dairy too and I still give him deli meat. They use different slicers for meat and cheese. I need to ask them to switch gloves next time though. He's never had a problem and really only eats the ham.

I'm much more relaxed about his dairy allergy though.

On May 3, 2005

It's my understanding that Thin 'n' Trim deli meats (my grocery store carries their turkey, roast beef, Italian Roast beef, ham and possibly more) are cooked in peanut oil. So anything by that manufacturer contaminates the slicers at our grocery store's deli.

--Debbie

On May 5, 2005

HI, I only use certain brands of ham because of what they feed the pigs- we avoid smithfield brand. We have eaten deli meats all along with the PA. I don't think it has been proven that what they feed a pig will matter but my son is more comfortable avoiding it. Also, I never knew this from the previous post: "Thin 'n' Trim deli meats (my grocery store carries their turkey, roast beef, Italian Roast beef, ham and possibly more) are cooked in peanut oil. So anything by that manufacturer contaminates the slicers at our grocery store's deli." I will need to look into our deli. Jeanette

On May 5, 2005

Took the kids on an outdoor play 2 years ago and had picnic while we watched. It was in the evening. Only a few people around us eating - mostly snack foods like microwave popcorn and such. All the food we had was fruit, Hershey's chocolate milk, bread, mayo and deli roast beef, home-made oatmeal cookies. Lauren had a reaction - hives and vomiting. No mistaking it was a reaction.

I saved the packaging of everything she ate but didn't think to have anything tested. The bread, mayo, oatmeal we use *all* the time. The milk was from Hershey and I trust them. She isn't allergic to the fruit we brought so that left the bread, mayo and roast beef. I called the bread & mayo company and they said there was no chance. Talked to the deli department and they said there was a chance of cross contamination and that if I had a problem, they could cut my deli meat first thing in the morning before anything has been sliced and on clean slicers if I called the night before with an order.

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