\'Double\' may contain still a risk?

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 10:44am
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

A current thread about ridding one's house of 'may contains' sparked my thought process. We still have a few select 'may contains' in the house for my DH and myself. I label it clearly with red garage sale sticker dots so grandma doesn't get confused. Anyways, my feeling is that it is okay to eat a 'may contain' (out of her sight so that she doesn't want it as she's 2 y/o) and then be around her. Are we off base here though?

My husband refers to that as a 'double' may contain...the slim chances that the food has traces of peanuts in addition to the small chance that we contaminate countertops or her, is so miniscule that we don't consider it a risk. Are we wrong about this? I don't want to be too lax as I want home to be a safe haven.

Has anyone ever had a reaction from being around a person/house that had a may contain?

To clarify, we have taken PB and tree nut/peanut containing items out of the house. It is just the 'may contains' (not definite contains) that I'm referring to. Thanks!

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 11:54am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

We do that, and so far we haven't had any real problems.

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 12:05pm
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

This is a comfort zone thing, and I agree that the risks are probably pretty small. That said, we have made our house a totally safe house, because we really didn't want to have anything here that our daughter couldn't eat. I think that at your daughter's age, it probably doesn't matter, but it's something you might want to revisit as she gets older and realizes that there are things that you are eating that she can't.

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 12:54pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We sometimes have may contains, that we also eat after dd goes to bed. The occasional chocolate is what I can think of. Usually, it would be unknown may contains, in that they might have contamination, but are not labelled as such, and I have not called because mostly my dd would not *want* to eat it anyway. Things like frozen entrees from lean cuisine or such, and chips or dips and things. She is so picky, she prefers to stick to her favorite items.
I grew up in a home where everyone had certain favorite things and we did not always eat the same snacks. We all ate the same dinner together though. So, I think it is an individual family issue as well as a comfort zone. If my dd was bothered by it, I might revisit it though. But with her egg allergy and PN, nut allergies, we do not keep egg containing foods or eggs out of the house. It gets more complicated when we are all trying to eat healthy diets and low trans fats. Most safe crackers are full of the trans fats and I just cannot eat those with my cholesterol. becca
Oh, edited to add that I personally do not think traces of a may contain food, especially if you are tidy about it pose a threat. Not for us. Maybe if a toddler was around and might find a crumb and was really sensetive...I don't know. It seems pretty remote as opposed to actually eating the food intentionally. That said, my dd found an old Chex cereal on the floor(I don't know how as we had just had cleaners in the house!) and said, "Look, an old Chek!" and popped it into her mouth, yuck! She is 4, so I guess you never know... We are very careful with any food we would not feel comfortable feeding to dd. becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited March 21, 2004).]

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 1:59pm
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

Driving Me Nutty - I think the red sticker idea is great! DH and I work odd hours and on the weekends. We rotate 3-4 babysitters, but are thinking of getting a nanny for the summer..and maybe longer.
We don't buy may contains or trace items. Occasionally, though, we are given gifts of chocolate or homemade cookies. We usually hide them in a high cupboard. I like the idea of throwing a red sticker on - so if DH comes home late and pulls out the questionable cookies( and I don't get them back to the cupboard) - they have the sticker on for the sitter to recognize.
Great idea!

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 9:43pm
Dunpun's picture
Joined: 01/26/2004 - 09:00

I agree this is a comfort zone thing. My son had one reaction to a may contain, we felt it was safer & easier for all involved just to draw the line there. This probably will change in our house as ds gets older, I'm sure. We have grandma's that occasionally babysit & I would just rather have a completely safe home & then no one is confused. i.e. my mil "I thought you said all he could have were the red flags" LOL (I will tell her I wrote this ) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Maybe I will become more comfortable with May contains when he's older.....right now, I am not comfortable with it. I'm sure I have different comfort zones with him that everyone would gasp at.
Have a great day

Posted on: Mon, 03/22/2004 - 12:10am
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Driving me Nutty, I'm an adult with pa and sesame allergy. When my husband actually eats sesame seed or oil I have a reaction. And, recently I react if he actually eats peanuts too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] However, he eats may contain items regularly and I don't react to them. The contact I have with him is much closer than you would have with dd - and I DO NOT react to him eating may contains. (btw, I do react when I eat trace amounts - so I am very sensitive)

Posted on: Mon, 03/22/2004 - 1:50am
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Linda, thanks for the laugh. I have a sister that I could imagine saying something like that!
Mae, the garage sale stickers that I found at Walgreens have separate green/yellow/red dots. So I put green on definitely safe, yellow on items she hasn't eaten before or the items that appear safe but co can't give me a confident answer (these are like horseradish or specialty sauces that she doesn't eat anyways), and red on items that we know 'may contain'. Everyone has different comfort zones though. However, I need to start a process of labelling them as I pull them out the grocery bag so I don't overlook any!
Edited to add link to Cindy's thread on same issue phrased in a different way - [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/001265.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/001265.html[/url]
Thanks for all of your feedback!
[This message has been edited by Driving Me Nutty (edited March 22, 2004).]

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