listing of peanut/nut free foods

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/1999 - 2:04pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

Frequently asked question>>

Is there a listing of peanut/nut free foods that can be given to parents
as suggested foods to send with their child to school for lunches.

>>End of question.

This is [email]Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email]

I would like to see the many reasons discussed why such a list is hard to create, I would also like to see discussed the different lists which all of us come up with which we individually use for our own use.

To explain further, an example might be>>

why is such a list is difficult to make:
because manufacturers change their ingredients and manufacturing processes often, so a list would have to be updated constantly, therefore making it almost impossible to create a safe current list for the peanut allergic.
(I did not get into fruits etc. but you can)

However, as many of us do now, we find products which we feel comfortable with and those are something we would put on our own personal lists (many of us use edited versions of our own personal lists to give to other parents at our own schools), but we would not feel comfortable sharing our list with someone else for them to pass out. One reason may be because we fear there could be a change which the person might not know about or a mistake on your part for which you would feel responsible if you had told them.

It would be great of course to have companies addressing peanut allergies well enough so that we could feel safe and put together a list with their products on it, knowing (from the company's commitment) that the company would only use separate manufacturing facilities etc. and would not add peanuts to their line of products in the future either. (probably not realistic except for companies catering to the peanut allergic)

This would be great, but maybe not as great as having BETTER MANDATORY LABELING so when you (or even someone else who is not as experienced) looked at a product in the store you would know if it were safe or not. There are many thoughts about all of the above which I have not included, I am hoping it sparks discussion on this subject so we all might learn more than we know now (from each others experience and statements etc.). If you know anyone with a food allergy or anyone who wants to help bring about better labeling please have them contact PeanutAllergy.Com. We need your and their help if we are to get this through! We also need stories (especially ones with hard evidence ) about reactions because of inadequate ingredients labels.

Stay Safe


Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2000 - 5:25am
Lidia's picture
Joined: 04/25/1999 - 09:00

pChris,br /
I can't believe you started this thread almost a year ago! I was just asked for a "safe list " from my school. I immediately answered, I would be uncomfortable doing that because of the changing ingredients and manufacturing practices by food companies. I am tempted to send in a list. It would probably be :br /
Fruits, vegetables, Plain Rice Crispy Treats. Oreos, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups, pudding, yogurt, cheese, graham crackers, /
For Candy: Hershey's plain chocolate Kisses, Hershey 1.5 oz plain chocolate bar, Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, Smarties, Various Lollipops./p
pWHAT DOES EVERYONE ELSE THINK??To send a list or Not?/p

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2000 - 7:02am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pMy PA daughter's preschool supplies all snacks and lunches, so I printed out a copy of Chris' post above, for them to read. I explained that it basically meant they had to keep reading ingredient lists, even on products they buy all the time. So far, so good, but they bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip muffins for Tuesday snack, and I suggested they change the day they serve that snack, rather than force the other kids to go without (she only attends Tues. and Thurs.). I also offered to supply them with Vermont Nutfree Chips, so Cayley doesn't have to miss out also. /p
pThe preschool and I are both comfortable with no safe snack list, because this requires them to read labels all the time./p

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2001 - 8:10am
Guin's picture
Joined: 01/12/2001 - 09:00

pI'm one of those who asked for help compliling a list. The reason I did so is for a base in which to start form. Can you imagine (although I'm sure you all can recall) standing in the "treat section" for hours reading the backs of boxes while staff ask you if they can help you with something. By having a base or foundation from which to start it will make it easier for me for those times when I'm in a rush. Now, I know that Nestle Products are generally safe so if a PA child wants a chocolate bar I can grab on of those and double check the label rather then read ten different labels before finding one that's okay. Does that make sense? It's not that a list provided would be the snack food bible......just a starting point. Thank for everyones help today./p

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