Have you had a May Contains Reaction?

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 2:42am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

My last reaction to peanuts was when I was 4, and I'm 21 now. I read somewhere on this board that about 20% of the products that have may contains labels have trace amounts of nuts, and I used to eat a LOT of things that have suddenly been labeled may contains with no problems.

I was wondering how prevalent reactions are due to cross contamination, ie how many of you guys have had reactions to may contains things. I've read that 20% of people outgrow their childhood peanut reactions, and I'm wondering since I am not as careful as a lot of people on the board (calling manufacturers, etc.) and haven't had a reaction in 17 years, that maybe I'm one of the lucky 20% (although doubtful cause of the two reactions I've had, both were anaphlyactic). I just wanna know if I should bother getting tested for it. Not that I'd actually ever go out and eat a PB sandwich because the smell is such a turn off, but it'd be nice to count one more thing off the list of things I'm allergic to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 4:12am
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starlight, I have definitely had very severe reactions to trace amounts of sesame seeds. More recently I have also started to react to trace amounts of peanut.

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 7:17am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My son had a BIG reaction to a possibly may contain or something that had been cross contaminated. A bakery cookie he never should have eaten but grew up on, all of a sudden caused a BIG reaction.
The bakery said it may have been cross contaminated but I'm betting on may contain since the reaction was so big.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 4:38am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son started having reactions to plain M & M's after they put a warning on them. I wrote to them and complained. That was his favorite treat.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 7:10am
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Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]The bakery said it may have been cross contaminated but I'm betting on may contain since the reaction was so big.
Peg, when I think in terms of *may contain* I think in terms of a product *may contain trace amounts of peanut* not that it may actually contain a peanut. Isn't that what cross contamination is? Do you think the cookie your son ate actually contained peanut or pb?
Some labeling here (in Canada) actually uses the wording *may contain trace amounts of....* others say *produced in a facility that manufactures....*. But either way, I look at that as a product that may contain trace amounts of peanut due to cross contamination.
[i]I'm not trying to be argumentative. I usually find your posts very clear, but I'm a bit confused with this one, and I'm just wondering if we have different definitions for the same phrase.[/i]

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 7:45am
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Joined: 10/06/2001 - 09:00

I have definitely had epi requiring reactions to things that should have been labelled "may contain", ie the company is changing the labelling after my experience. I have had milder reactions to "may contain" to things I used to eat ie vienna finger cookies, ghiradelli chocolate after they had changed the labelling but before I knew to look for that (3 years ago?).

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