Do you let your PA only child eat \"may contain tree nuts\" products?

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I ask this because in the past week we have had two instances where "may contain tree nuts" and "may contain almonds" was on the label. I personally don't mind these for my son. I feel that the chance the tree nut may have peanut is small and the chance that the cookie may contain a tree nut that may contain a peanut is almost unheard of. Does that make sense? Anyway, I'm wondering what you do.

Amy Alex 2/2/03 PA Isabelle 5/30/07 NKA

On Jul 4, 2008

the only company i can recall that claims no peanuts in the facility but uses tree nuts are Amy's. And yes, we do use their frozen pizza.

On Jul 5, 2008

Yes we do (although in the past we did avoid). It doesn't allow much more into our sons diet, but he can have some chocolate and a few pre-made baked goods that he didn't before.

On Jul 6, 2008

DD is almost 13 and the most irritating thing is "may contain". We are at the point of wanting to hold these company's more accountable. There are several items she has eaten since age 2 that in the begining did not say "may contain" but now do. Infact so many companies have added this to their label in the last 3 years we have re-read things we have always purchased. Our rule of thumb is if we have had it before then it is okay. If it say's "may contain" she is not allowed to eat it when away from home or if home alone. I really feel this "may contain" is denying many options to our kids and that it should be just as wrong to put that on there strickly to protect themselves. I feel this is mis-labeling just the same.

On Jul 6, 2008

[b]There are several items she has eaten since age 2 that in the begining did not say "may contain" but now do.[/b]

Yes, manufacturing processes change all the time. You are correct.

[b]Our rule of thumb is if we have had it before then it is okay.[/b]

That is an extremely dangerous practice. You might as well not even bother reading ingredients if this is how you teach your child to manage her allergy.

[b]If it say's "may contain" she is not allowed to eat it when away from home or if home alone.[/b]

Then it's not really okay, is it? Not really safe. A crap shoot. Or else it wouldn't matter where she ate it, would it?

Your logic and your actions are conflicting.

On Jul 6, 2008

I generally avoid purchasing those things or letting my dd eat them. We're not allergic to tree nuts, but we avoid them.

However, I did buy a bag of store brand bagels the other day (not bakery ones in the bakery section of the store, just the prebagged ones in the bread aisle). It didn't even occur to me to check the label... then when we got home, I noticed it said that it's produced on the same equipment as products that may contain almonds. Since we're not actually allergic to almonds, I wasn't worried about cross contamination from almonds that may be cross contaminated, kwim? Maybe other people would be, but not me.

On Jul 6, 2008

we do not, at all. our kids are not tree nut allergic, but with cross contamination, we are not willing to take the chance.

we limit the "may contain" in the house as well. it's not that i think a hershey's with almonds (eaten by non-allergic brother) is going to set off an anaphylactic reaction--although it could--but i want my kids to be cautious as a rule about the food they eat. especially, the non-allergic one around the allergic ones.

now, of course, we've had accidental exposure to "may contain" and our pa son has been fine, but we want to be as careful as possible as we grow with this diagnosis.

i admit that i have a little private pity party in the store when i'm reading a fantastic new "safe" product and get down to the "may contain" and see peanuts or tree nuts. but then i move on and look for more choices.

On Jul 8, 2008

My daughter ate pancakes made from a "may contain trace amounts of tree nuts" pancake mix when she was 4 yr.old. It was my mistake, I was new to the whole allergy thing. She broke out in hives and was complaining of stomach cramps. Benedryl took care of it that time.

We NEVER allow her to eat anything that "may contain" nuts or peanuts. Better safe than sorry in my opinion.

On Jul 8, 2008

I do not allow any "may contains" either. Why take the chance

On Jul 8, 2008

My dd has tna so we avoid. However, even if she wasn't we would still avoid.

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