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Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 8:59am
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In reply, some companies routinely ask their suppliers to provide allergen statements indicating their food/ingredients are allergen free. It was mentioned in a thread a while back that Kellogg's does not screen their suppliers for possible cross-contamination. Is this true? I don't know, but I feel it is a distinct possibility. My son is only allergic to peanuts, and he had nothing but milk (from a previously open container he had the day before) with a brand-new box of Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats. He ate nothing else. Unfortunately, the box is kind of small and our family of six inhaled the box with nothing left for testing.
When the hives started on his body, we were "scratching" our heads wondering what was going on? We always check the cereal label--no peanuts of course. At first we didn't think anything about peanuts, but as it got worse and worse, we knew it was definitely a reaction--most likely from cross-contamination. We didn't give the epipen at first because a peanut-allergic reaction was not foremost in our mind. Why? Because of what he ate. Just milk and a cereal he had consumed frequently many, many times before. After an hour, we gave the epipen, Benadryl, and Prelone and called the doctor. She said to come to the office right away, and if he started to have breathing problems on the way down to take him right to the emergency room. By the time we got to the doctor's office, the worst hives I have EVER seen on anybody had virtually disappeared, however the doctor detected some mild wheezing. On the way back home, some faint red splotches were redeveloping on his face, so we watched him like a hawk for a developing secondary reaction. None occurred so luck was on our side. Just more Prelone for several days.
Luckily, that has been Ryan's only reaction since being diagnosed. And it happened in our own home, in our own kitchen, not at school. How scary it was!
I just wanted to add that where we live, it's quicker to drive a child to the hospital than wait for an ambulance.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:58am
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Ryan's Mom,
Thanks for the information. All three of my son's reactions we took him in our car to the ER. I vow to call 911 from here on now because it was pretty scary and 911 here gets you to the front of the line and no waiting room.
My reason for asking was just really wanting to know what others see and then do.
My son has never had hives. Just a red face, swollen airways, nausea, extreme fear etc.
Peg

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 6:35pm
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We've never had a reaction but I won't use kellogg's either. Like someone mentioned, I've seen plenty of soy warnings, along w/ milk and wheat, but never a peanut warning. This is even after kellogg's told me to avoid certain waffles and pop tarts (both with no peanut/tree nut warnings). Also, I seem to see a lot of Kellogg's food recalls due to undeclared ingredients. For me, that raises a red flag.
Gale

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 3:19am
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I also recall that within the past year or so, Kellogs had a recall on their Cracklin Oat Bran cereal for undeclared nuts (not peanuts). If a company has had a recall because of undeclared nuts (I think there was also a Kellog's frozen waffle a couple years ago, too), than they are, for the most part, off my safe list.

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 9:44am
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Peg541,
I just wanted to add that my decision to drive was based on his health at that moment. Had he been unconscious or having a lot of trouble breathing, well I don't even think I would have been able to drive and I definitely would have called 911 and rode in the ambulance with him giving him epinephrine if the paramedics didn't have it or couldn't give it. At school I instructed the nurse to give him a shot of epinephrine when the ambulance leaves if they don't have it or won't give it. I am a little unclear on our state law. That is a very shameful thing for me to admit, isn't it.

Posted on: Wed, 03/12/2003 - 6:15am
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We usually use only General Mills cereals, but would like a Rice Krispy variety. Has anybody had problems with the Kelloggs Rice Krispies (USA)?
Thanks,
Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 03/12/2003 - 8:30am
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Andrea,
We have not tried the regular Rice Krispies but Timmy's anaphalactic reaction was to the Frosted Rice Krispies.
HTH,
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 4:17am
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This may sound a little hypocritical, but I never buy Kellogg's cereal anymore, except when I'm desperate and have to make Rice Krispy treats for school. I, too, have had a hard time finding a safe rice krispy alternative, even after posting for suggestions. So, begrudgingly I purchase the plain Kellogg's Rice Krispies. Thank goodness this happens only twice a year.
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Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 6:35am
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My gut will just not let my son try Kelloggs (USA) ever again. I have talked about my son reacting to their cereals on other posts. I too have never seen a warning in regards to peanuts.
Jaime

Posted on: Fri, 05/30/2003 - 12:25pm
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I pull this up again because I was in the grocery store today and noticed that there are lots of cereals that APPEAR safe when I read the label, especially Kelloggs. AND, i know when i call them, i will hear the same old reply: 'just read the label, if it was contaminated it would be labelled, blah, blah, blah."
My gut is to stay away from all of these Kellogg cereals. Now I need to find out about General Mills.

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