\"HAS PEANUTS\" label on food at potluck!

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:19pm
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Today I attended a potluck. One of the fruit salads had a clothespin attached to the handle of the dish - and on the clothespin was written in large letters, 'HAS PEANUTS'.

Wow! I found out later who brought the salad so will give her a call and thank her. I'm also curious to know why she thought to do it.

I wonder if she has PA in the family?

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:49pm
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That is nice. My child's godmother just gave her husband a birthday party. We did not go because it was potluck. It was uncomfortable because she did want to ask people to bring food but she did not want to ask them to not bring dishes with nuts. Their circle of friends includes musicians and my son loves the music. She did finally offer, but in a strained way that told me it was not what she wanted to do. Oh well. I don't tell people how to do their parties -- nor do I want then to compromise for us. But , we just could not go.
Nice to know their are ways to manage potluck.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:54pm
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...you know...my whole adult life when I bring food (to share) to potlucks and parties...I always have a little sign I stick in it "No nuts/peanuts in this dish/dessert"
More often than not, it brings up to people someone might be allergic and I always get a few questions or hear others asking, "who's allergic? wow, never thought of it..."
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 3:28pm
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Adele were you worried about cross contamination since there was a peanut dish in the pot luck?
I can forsee all sorts of problems with people double dipping a serving utensil in that and then into the mac and cheese!
Glad you did fine and glad that woman was smart to label.
Peg

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 11:38pm
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I usually only eat what I take to a potluck....unless there's something that I KNOW is safe...though half the fire department, including paramedics, were at the potluck - and we were right across the road from the fire station!
Good idea about the peanut-free label. I'm going to start doing that!
Edited to add: Oops, forgot to answer Peggy's question....
Peg, I didn't even THINK about cross contamination from the peanut dish! There weren't many servings spoons so they were being shared.
But I wouldn't dare eat anything that needed a serving spoon anyway. I took cold cuts & cheese and a friend brought homemade rice crispy treats. She has a PA grandson and said they're safe for him....and she gave me the ingredients. I not only ate more than my share, I brought the leftovers home! Yummy!
I look at anything with multiple ingredients as 'suspicious'.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited August 28, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2006 - 9:59am
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We used to label like this at all family gatherings.....until we went to the ER on July 4th instead of on the boat to the fireworks! We thought we were safe and smart and careful....soooooo stupid were we!
DD grabbed a cookie off the plate where the sign had fallen because most of the cookies were gone. Now, we thought we were only PA, but compltely avoid TN, of course. Macadamia nut cookie. DD made it through ok, but it was a scary and eye-opening experience.
Just my thoughts...
Patty

Posted on: Tue, 08/29/2006 - 10:09pm
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it was thoughtful of the person to label it as containing peanuts, which shows growing awareness of FA. BUT, it still shows that people don't understand cross contamination, contact problems.
It was great for an informal gathering where you don't know everyone attending, but I've had this happen when people know about the FA and can't live without their nuts so they think it's okay to put up a crappy sign and to tell me to tell DS not to eat that.
It would just be so nice if people would eat their nuts at home!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:49pm
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That is nice. My child's godmother just gave her husband a birthday party. We did not go because it was potluck. It was uncomfortable because she did want to ask people to bring food but she did not want to ask them to not bring dishes with nuts. Their circle of friends includes musicians and my son loves the music. She did finally offer, but in a strained way that told me it was not what she wanted to do. Oh well. I don't tell people how to do their parties -- nor do I want then to compromise for us. But , we just could not go.
Nice to know their are ways to manage potluck.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:54pm
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...you know...my whole adult life when I bring food (to share) to potlucks and parties...I always have a little sign I stick in it "No nuts/peanuts in this dish/dessert"
More often than not, it brings up to people someone might be allergic and I always get a few questions or hear others asking, "who's allergic? wow, never thought of it..."
Adrienne
------------------
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 3:28pm
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Adele were you worried about cross contamination since there was a peanut dish in the pot luck?
I can forsee all sorts of problems with people double dipping a serving utensil in that and then into the mac and cheese!
Glad you did fine and glad that woman was smart to label.
Peg

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 11:38pm
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I usually only eat what I take to a potluck....unless there's something that I KNOW is safe...though half the fire department, including paramedics, were at the potluck - and we were right across the road from the fire station!
Good idea about the peanut-free label. I'm going to start doing that!
Edited to add: Oops, forgot to answer Peggy's question....
Peg, I didn't even THINK about cross contamination from the peanut dish! There weren't many servings spoons so they were being shared.
But I wouldn't dare eat anything that needed a serving spoon anyway. I took cold cuts & cheese and a friend brought homemade rice crispy treats. She has a PA grandson and said they're safe for him....and she gave me the ingredients. I not only ate more than my share, I brought the leftovers home! Yummy!
I look at anything with multiple ingredients as 'suspicious'.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited August 28, 2006).]

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