Living with peanut allergy in Canada

Posted on: Thu, 02/04/1999 - 6:26am
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Hi: I live in B.C. and would like to know if others in Canada feel that living with P.A. in Canada is any different that living with it in other Countries? For example, with food
labelling, general awareness, tolerance (or
lack of) in schools. Look forward to hearing
from you! Colleen

Posted on: Thu, 02/04/1999 - 3:03pm
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<p>Hi Colleen<br />
I live in MB. Food labelling is a noticable difference,as in Canada, all ingrediants are to be labeled.ie vegatable oil(canola,and or soy) ect. I believe that as far as schools are concerned it depends on if the school has had to deal with it.<br />
We moved from Labrador to MB,nov.98. The school board in LB has deemed that all schools in LB be peanut/nut free due to the # of childern with this allergy.<br />
Here where we are now, I have had to approach the school ,to assist in implimentation of a policy/care plan for our 4yr old who will be attending in sept.<br />
Check to see if the paramedics are able to administer epinepherine in the event of anaphylaxsis. Some areas are not<br />
stay safe</p>
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Posted on: Sun, 02/07/1999 - 3:43pm
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<p>Hi CB:</p>
<p>Thanks for your reply!<br />
Will your child be starting kindergarten in the fall? Our son will be, and we know we probably will have a lot to face with that!</p>
<p>As for labelling in Canada, I find it to be very good as well. I have heard mention on this website about "Hydrolyzed plant protein" and have found it on quite a few labels recently. Funny, I guess I had read it before but didn't make the connection that that could include peanut. Have you ever investigated that? Also, something I have never heard of before is "peanut flour". So far I have never come across this on a label. I wonder if it is just not ever used in Canada? I have only heard about it on this website. So far I must admit that I have never seen any peanut product listed on a label in Canada in anything unusual. As far a s I know, Potato chips aren't cooked in peanut oil in Canada either. Now I may be totally wrong on this, its just I have never come across any. Please correct me if you know otherwise.<br />
Take care!</p>
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Colleen</p>

Posted on: Sun, 02/07/1999 - 3:54pm
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<p>Colleen,</p>
<p>There are lots of brands of chips & snax in Canada that are cooked in or contain peanut products. I treat anything that doesn't specify what kind of oil used as suspect. Pea (and peanut) flour are used in a lot of prepared goods, sometimes as a thickener, so even if it doesn't look like it might have flour (of any sort), it could. READ the labels, and don't assume that because the package is Canadian that the contents were made in Canada.</p>

Posted on: Sun, 02/07/1999 - 4:18pm
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<p>Hi Liz:</p>
<p>Nice to hear from you! </p>
<p>I honestly have never found any junk food that I have bought, to be cooked in peanut oil. I have heard people say that it can be, but I have looked and looked and not found any. Do you live in Canada? If so, which province? I live in BC and maybe its different although I think that the labelling laws are on a National level.<br />
I do READ labels all the time, and I don't assume anything. If peanut flour is used as a thickening agent, would it not be listed as an ingredient? You say that if the type of oil is not specified you are suspicious: I don't quite understand what you mean. I always find that it states what kind of oil it contains.</p>
<p>This is such a confusing allergy sometimes!!<br />
Thanks for answering all my questions!</p>
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Colleen</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 3:24am
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<p>Colleen,</p>
<p>Any kettle cooked brand of potato chips (Miss Vickies, Thundercrunch) is likely cooked in peanut oil.</p>
<p>The very large bags of Nalleys chips are not always specific either. I think a lot depends on exactly which plant where is supplying them from week to week.</p>
<p>Peanut flour doesn't seem to be too common yet in Canada, but I have seen pea flour used in bread (can't remember which brand, since I do all of my own baking now), and I believe the nut free Chex party mix uses it as a 'flavour'. Anything that says that it is high protein (where you might not expect that the main ingredient is particularly high in protein) bears a closer look.</p>
<p>Along with HVP, watch for TVP (textured...), same difficulty in identifying the source applies.</p>
<p>Also, I think that when an ingredient quantity drops below a certain percentage, or if it is used as 'spice', then the manufacturer doesn't have to be more specific. Ie.; garam masala frequently contains peanuts as a flavouring agent, but all you see on the label is 'spices & preservatives'.</p>
<p>I live in BC too, and have had no end of difficulty avoiding accidental exposeure to supposedly non-peanut snacks and foods </p>
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Posted on: Mon, 02/08/1999 - 6:23am
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<p>Hi Liz and Colleen<br />
The only potatoe chips that we allow our daughter to eat are Lay's and pringles. She has other food allergies,also which limits her more.<br />
Our daughter will be attending school in the fall. We made the school aware in Nov.'98.<br />
The are no policies in manitoba. Only guide lines. A care plan is being implemented, and I have been having discussions with the school. Do not wait until Sept. to info the school Colleen. Tell them now, so they can start educating other parents with news letters. An emergency plan must also be put in place.<br />
Carol</p>
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