General Mills Chex Mix

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 3:46pm
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I did a really stupid thing the other day: I let my PA daughter eat chex mix at a birthday party. I know she used to eat it a lot a few years ago, and the ingredient label did not mention peanuts at that time. My husband asked me if I was sure it was O.K. and I said "yes". Fortunately, he took it upon himself to go look at the bag in the kitchen, and then came to tell me that it had peanut flour in it!!! I felt like the worst mother on earth! I normally am so cautious, but I got very lazy and complacent somehow. It is ironic: I never would have put it into my shopping cart at the grocery store without reading the ingredient label (I am very aware of needing to read ingredients every time, since ingredients can change without warning), but for some strange and stupid reason I let her eat them at the party. I tried to give her benadryl as a precaution, but she is one stubborn 5 1/2 year old, and she refused to take it. We decided to just stay at the party and watch her, and fortunately she was O.K. I have e-mailed General Mills to try to find out if peanut flour is actually an ingredient in the chex mix, or if they list it because of a cross contamination risk. Either way, I obviously will never let my daughter eat it again. But, I am curious to know whether or not she actually ate peanut flour, since she did not have a reaction. I haven't heard back from General Mills yet, but will add any information I get from them to this thread when I do. At this point I feel that I learned a valuable lesson, and I'm glad that my daughter did not suffer as a result of my laziness and stupidity.

Posted on: Fri, 09/08/2000 - 2:56am
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Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 10:50pm
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Please stop beating up on yourself. You are not lazy or stupid--accidents happen. My son's last reaction happend on Christmas Day when he was 2 1/2, some stupid idiot gave him a peanut butter cookie without checking it out first, and we spent 6 hours on Christmas Day in the ER. You know who the stupid idiot was? ME! I couldn't believe that I, of all people, would let him be at a party and not check out a cookie. I think when you are in a party situation, it is easy to get busy watching everything else and let your guard down. The important thing is you caught it, you watched her carefully, and you were ready to take action if necessary. We all do it, we all learn.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 11:04pm
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CaliforniaMom,
In regards to your child ingesting peanut flour and not reacting: After I found out my son was allergic to peanuts (and not aware there was a possibility of him being allergic to treenuts) my friend purchased a box of hot cereal for him. The last ingredient listed was almond flour. I let him have some and nothing happened. He ended up finishing the box in a week. Some time later I fed him some honey nut cheerios (made with almonds). Luckily, he didn't like them. Later, via RAST test, I found that he was moderately allergic to almonds, as well as some other tree nuts.
So how do you like that? I knew my son was allergic to peanuts, yet I kept feeding him almonds.

Posted on: Thu, 07/27/2000 - 1:02am
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I mentioned this in another thread (i think it was re: peanut oil)...I guess peanut flour theoretically is supposed to be OK b/c it does NOT have the peanut protein in it. HOWEVER, b/c one cannot be sure, most allergists recommend that you AVOID peanut flour. The same applies to peanut OIL. Your child may be allergic to peanuts...and perhaps there was peanut flour in the chex mix, but the flour may not have had the proteins in it..which is what people with PA are allergic too. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 12:52pm
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The most severe reaction I ever had to peanuts was because of Chex mix. The mix was so salty I never realized what I was snacking on until it was to late. DON'T EAT ANYTHING THAT YOU HAVE NOT QUESTIONED OR EXPERIENCED BEFORE! read labels and don't trust anything that is foreign.

Posted on: Fri, 09/01/2000 - 3:19am
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Thanks for all the kind responses. It's wonderful to know that I am not the only Mom who has done something stupid. I do realize that some positive things came out of the experience: I think this incident reinforced to my daughter (and to me!) the importance of reading labels every time; many times she has grown impatient with me in the grocery store when I have read the label on something that she is certain is safe. It was also a wake-up call to me: I cannot trust anything! Evadlynn: I'm curious as to whether your reaction was to the peanut flour in the chex mix, or whether you actually were eating a peanut flavored chex mix (if there is such a thing), and hadn't realized it. The idea of salt masking the peanut flavor may explain to me why my daughter once ate a peanut butter filled pretzel (she had a very severe reaction from it, by the way.) Weeks earlier she had put a peanut butter flavored jelly bean in her mouth and spit it right out saying "this tastes like peanut butter". She had had no reaction to that, and I was so pleased to know that she knew what peanut butter tasted like, and would spit it right out. I couldn't understand how she had later consumed that entire pb filled pretzel nugget. So, maybe it was the salt. I normally am actually very cautious, by the way, but those have been our 3 "accidents" in the 2 1/2 years since diagnosis. Hopefully we won't have any more!

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