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Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2002 - 2:07am
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I find this site very informative especially for those living in North America. I'm a Canadian in Switzerland and have just found out my 21 month old has a serious peanut allergy. My pediatrician tried to reassure me that Europeans don't use peanut products as often as North Americans but I still want to be very careful. Does anyone out there live in Europe or even better Switzerland or France? If so, can you tell me what success you've had with peanut-free products?

Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2002 - 2:35am
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Welcome Larakate!
I'm in the U.S. so I don't know how helpful I can be.
As I understand it (unless something has changed) your biggest challenge will be reading labels. I recall reading that in most of Europe an ingredient doesn't have to be listed on the label unless it comprises 25% of the total of all ingredients. I'm afraid that I can't speak to the prevalence of peanuts. I've suddenly forgotten - is your child TNA as well?
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2002 - 8:11am
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Yes.. some European foods are dangerous. For example, European chocolate often has traces of peanuts even though it is not listed on the label in some cases.
If you buy chocolate, be very careful. Nestle UK and Cadbury UK label correctly, so if there is no warning they should be fine, but other countries (especially Eastern Europe) are not good at labelling chocolate.

Posted on: Wed, 03/13/2002 - 4:16am
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Thanks alot....I have noticed that most chocolate does have the "May have been in contact with nuts" warning. But it sure doesn't leave many options for my child. All the breakfast cereals have the same warning. To top it all off, the ingredients are only list in French, German or Italien!!!! I guess I've got my work cut out for me eh?

Posted on: Wed, 03/13/2002 - 5:00am
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I'm a Canadian of Swiss descent and can sympathize with your situation. I'm hoping to take my daughter there to visit family when she is a bit older and have been thinking about the whole peanut issue.
Years ago, peanut products were barely known in Switzerland (I don't think my mom ever ate them before coming to Canada). Unfortunately they seem to be more common today.
Before we discovered Hannah was PA, one of her favourite desserts was the Biber-torte (an almond filled flat cake) from the Co-op store (a Swiss chain you probably know). After her PA diagnosis, I read the label of the cake I had in the freezer and discovered that the almond filling was stretched with a peanut oil product (teilweise gehaertet Erdnuss oel - partially hardened peanut oil). So even if your child is not tree nut allergic, I'd be wary of purchased nut products.
Also watch for "Pflanzliche Fett" on ingredient lists since it could be peanut oil (though they may indicate the type of oil in parentheses).
Good luck
Sarah

Posted on: Wed, 03/13/2002 - 7:27am
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Go to Alerts and Food Recalls, a allergy allert from Chris, who owns this site.
I never have trusted any European Chocolate myself.

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 4:04am
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Hi Larakate:
Inspired by your question, I did some research.
You can find an ingredient list for any Nestle product on their Swiss website.
[url="http://www.nestlecaring.ch/de/products/productlist.asp"]www.nestlecaring.ch/de/products/productlist.asp[/url]
I contacted Nestle Switzerland to enquire about their Frisco icecream products (these are the ones often sold in corner shops and street displays). I got a very quick, thorough reply. Here are the facts (translated into English for you)
It is a Nestle regulation that if the oil/fat used is peanut oil, it MUST be stated explicity on the packaging.
If a product contains any ingredients from their chocolate factory, it will have a warning about nuts because of the danger of cross-contamination(this includes peanuts, though they realize they are not technically nuts). The warning is "Kann Spuren von N

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 4:35am
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Wow,
Thanks for your help everybody....especially you Sara. It was so kind of you to go out of your way like that. The ice cream list really helps...I thought we'd never be able to spontaneously buy our daughter (Lara) another ice cream. I really appreciate it.
Kelly

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 5:09am
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I just wanted to say, yeah that was extra nice of you Sarah!
Way to go.

Posted on: Wed, 05/01/2002 - 4:18pm
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Hi Larakate!
I have heard of your problem in another thread wheere I was searching for other Austrians or Germans with PA....
I'm living in Austria with a PA-boy and I already have a (very) short list of safe products.
All chocolate from Ruebezahl-Koch is safe ( [url="http://www.rk-schoko.de/"]http://www.rk-schoko.de/[/url] ). All products from Nestle Germany are NOT safe :-(
You can get Skittles from UK, KitKat Chunky from UK, PEZ which are all safe.
Someone said that it is politics of Nestle to clarify all their products: that is not true for Nestle Germany :-( There are lots of products which do not have the warning, but which are NOT safe!
And as someone else told you: please avoid all products with the "engredient": Veg. oil or "gehaertetes pflanzliches Fett/Oel". Problem is that most products contain this phrase.....
Irene from Vienna

Posted on: Wed, 05/01/2002 - 7:10pm
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Thanks Irene for your help. I checked out the website and unfortunately the English section is under construction. I'll keep checking though. I'm not sure if we have that brand name in Geneva...We are the French speaking part of Switzerland and seem to be more influenced by French (from France) products. I'll keep my eye out though. I'm very disconcerted about the vegetable oil warning...everything contains vegetable oil. What a drag this is!!
Thanks again for your help.
Kelly

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