Chick-Fil-A says refined peanut oil is 'safe'

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 12:40am
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Has anyone recently reviewed chickfila's allergy info page on their web site? It makes a pretty bold statement that refined peanut oil is 'non-allergic' and thus should be considered 'safe'. They quote studies and seem to give the appearance that they are knowledgable about the subject. I would like to open up a discussion mainly regarding the topic of refined peanut oil, but thought I would use Chick-Fil-A as a catalyst. Thanks. Do any of you allow your PA children to eat there?

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 5:35am
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Both my allergist and pediatrician say that Highly Refined peanut oil is safe for "most" people with peanut allergies. I am so super strict with what my child eats, but he had eaten at Chick Fila dozens of times before we found out he is allergic. So I still let him eat it, although we only go there occasionally now. I still worry he could have a reaction there - even though they both told me he probably won't.

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 1:49pm
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I think it's better to be safe than sorry. I won't let my daughter eat anything that has any kind of peanuts or peanut oil or anything at all to do with peanuts in it or manufactured in the same facility with it. You just never know when they could have a reaction.

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 10:17pm
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Same here -- if in doubt, no chances. My OC (obessissive compulsive) says you can never be 100% sure, but when you know that it's PEANUT oil (refined or not), then espicially no chances. We've managed for quite some time (PA daughter turns 15 next friday.) Our rule has always been NO CHANCES. And really you just get used to the inconvenience and yes, sometimes disruptive lifestlye of living with peanut allergy. There have been many a birthday cake that had one less partaker. She also had a pretty high RAST score last time we checked, so another reason to be extra cautious. It's been a while but one of the more ignorant comments made was from my brother in law, who is a nurse, and he said on one occasion when we had concerns about the sino-american buffet restaurant we had just sat down to eat dinner, "she's got her epipen right?"...or something to the effect of, well if she does have a reaction, then give her the shot! Hopefully our culture has come a long way from then. There are still a lot of unedcuated people out there concerning peanut allergy, but things have improved. And of course still the only full proof way to prevent a reaction is avoidance. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on: Fri, 09/24/2010 - 7:17am
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My favorite ignorant comment(or better yet the comment I hate the most) is when an adult tells my child to "just pick the nuts off" as if her allergy is that she just doesn't like peanuts. I am also very proud of my daughter when she is able to explain to an adult why she cannot eat the food item and what would happen to her if she did. Listening to a child speak of a severe allergic reaction is a very effective way to make a non-allergic individual understand the severity of her allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2010 - 12:38pm
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I read the Chick-a-fila site about their use of peanut oil. Even though it is refined, I still won't let my daughter eat there. It just makes nervous to think she would eat anything "peanut".

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2010 - 9:43pm
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My son, now 6, has severe peanut allergy. He tested positive for peanut oil as well. We ate at Chick Fil A frequently when he was younger, knowing he had a peanut allergy. One time we noticed his fingers red and swollen in the restaurant while eating chicken nuggets. I looked at the menu and saw the sign for the first time, "We use 100% refined peanut oil". We felt horrible because we had no idea. Benadryl took care of the reaction. He has since tested negative for peanut oil and loves Chick Fil A, with no reaction. (He is still severely allergic to peanuts) So in short, YES, refined peanut oil can cause a reaction, at least in my son it did. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2010 - 11:06pm
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I have never heard of being tested for peanut oil, has anyone else had this done? It was my understanding that in peanut and peanut oil it is the protein that you would be allergic too. In highly refined peanut oil they refine, bleach and deodorize the oil which "supposedly" removes the protein. But it would still be the same protein, right? This is not to be confused with cold pressed peanut oil (that you find in the grocery stores). Am I misunderstanding this? - please let me know.
I have to admit that while we do eat Chik fila, if there was a sign that said peanut oil anywhere else I would definitely avoid it.

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 7:41am
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I've never heard of being tested for peanut oil, either. I believe it is the protein that people are allergic to.

Posted on: Fri, 10/01/2010 - 1:35pm
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There seems to be some doubt as to if peanut oil testing exists. My son was is a patient at, and was tested for peanut oil at the Colorado Asthma and Allergy Center in Littleton Colorado. www.coloradoallergy.com. Check it out.

Posted on: Fri, 10/01/2010 - 10:05pm
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Thanks for the link!

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