Did You Receive Any Unsafe Food Gifts This Holiday Season?

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 11:14am
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Stems from my other ? I think (am re-thinking my stance on not giving food gifts just 'cus we can't have them - but very slowly re-thinking that and actually this *should* be placed in the other thread).

Anyway. This holiday season, did you receive any unsafe food gifts for your home?
If you did, were you surprised by who gave them to you (like you thought they should have known better?).

I did. I got a bottle of wine (that's not PA unsafe) and a box of "may contain" shortbread cookies in my gift basket from my one BIL. Now, considering this is the first year in I don't know how many, we've received gifts from this BIL/SIL, I don't expect him to "get it" or even read a gosh darn label. KWIM? I mention the wine because I don't drink so obviously he doesn't know me that well (I don't have it stamped on my forehead that I don't drink and actually this year I have managed to consume 7 alcohol beverages for the first time in years - not all at once [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). Anyway. So, not a big deal from him. I gave both items away.

Second instance. My children's Grandmother (still struggling with if I still call her my MIL or not, whatever [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] ). She gave me in my gift bag unsafe chocolates and unsafe cookies. I opened it at her home and graciously declined the items and told her to keep them for when she has guests in.

She said something to the effect that I shouldn't be deprived..... But it's a depravation (if you will) that I've placed on myself and she knows that I have and have for how many years now?

I do eat "may contains" outside of my home. But I would never bring a "may contain" into my home; despite my son's age, his ability to read labels, etc. I just don't need the stuff in my home that badly, KWIM?

So, for her, I found it rather odd because she has gotten it really really well re Jesse's PA. I think what bothered me more was that she made that comment about being deprived. I'm not!

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 12:30am
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Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

No, last year we did receive a lot of Harry & David and other similar gifts. I know one tower of treats was well over $100. I just tell people not to send me stuff like this because it is unsafe for DS. None this year!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:05am
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Don't think I received any unsafe food gifts. DS did get some *may contain* chocolate in his stocking -- but since it is allowed in my home and he's not the one with the allergy, that's OK.
I got pork chops. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] They were not under the tree (thank goodness). Anyway, definitely, safe pork chops.
Alt to M, my husband often gets flack because he doesn't eat my allergens. He does eat *may contains* but not the actual allergen. Most people just sort of shrug with a look. But a few - especially this one absolute jerk - constantly tells him off. "Are you still doing that sesame seed thing?" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] He just doesn't *get* how serious it is for me. As for Grandma saying you shouldn't be deprived -- I think she doesn't *get* why you have the safety zone you have, and was actually trying to be nice to you. (Of course, right now, I'm in one of those moods -- I'm thinking the best of everyone. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:12am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

We get at least one unsafe food gift every year, including from people who definitely know better. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
One year I got a bag of pecans from a friend who had visited Georgia. Now, in my past life, I would have whipped those up into a yummy pecan pie faster than you could blink. Needless to say, I passed them on to someone who could use them.
I just sort of shake my head, and realize that other people have more on their minds than what we can and can't eat in my house. They have their own problems. It's the thought that counts.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:31am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We got a plate of homemade cookies that went straight into the garbage (after I thanked the neighbor who gave them and he left). DH also got "may contains" One box of cookies, and one of candy. But those were business gifts. They go into a special, high-up, out-of-the-way spot in the pantry, and we eat them after the kids go to bed.
My mother was very good this year. Vermont Nut-Free, not just for DS, but also for DD, and for my neice and nephew (the cousins open their presents from my mother together).

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 2:28am
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Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

Yes. Can of peanut brittle - too bad as it was a lovely Christmas tin, but I couldn't see being comfortable using the container even after a good washing, some Frango stuff (may contain)and some other cookies (may contain). Tossed the peanut brittle and "re-gifted" the rest to DH's office.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:27am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Tons of them and we gave evey single unsafe gift away or my DH never even brought the stuff home.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 5:19am
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

At least 10 boxed items- cookies/candies etc. Took them all to the local nursing home to be used as game prizes/ gifts for the residents that could have them

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 5:40am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ditto what Peg said. Exactly.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 9:36am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It was the usual gifts this year, all much appreciated...I received many boxes of chocolates with nuts/peanuts in the chocolate, many plates of (unsafe) home baked cookies and homemade chocolate. Also received handcream with nut oil in it...The food was left at the office or given to the local food drive, the handcream was given to my co-worker. I did bring home the bottles of wine and liquior [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
There were no unsafe gifts from family or close friends.
Ali [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 10:07am
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Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Yes--with DH's job we always recieve them. We don't use them but are in the process of writing thank you notes.
DS does receive safe cookies each year, and we do allow those.
We received almonds from someone I was surprised gave them.
We received a gingerbread house kit--homemade. The family had made a house out of graham crackers and had assembled it with frosting. They included the same frosting, some unsafe candy, minature candy canes, and interestingly Kissables in their kit.
DS used the frosting and our stuff (the red, white and green kissables), our gummy stuff to make the house. And he found a blue pixie stick from Halloween and used it for snow! It ended up being a fun project--as a project.


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