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When my son was diagnosed PA we were told by the Consultant at the Hospital that he could eat chocolate etc when the label said it may contain traces of nuts if we actually knew there we no nuts in the chocolate - e.g. Mars Bars - what is anyone elses view about this?

On Feb 6, 2002

Many on this board say not to, me included. But I know some people would, especially if the initial reaction was not severe. In our attempts to give our kids the best possible chance of outgrowing this allergy, we do everything we can to avoid accidental reactions. This means that sometimes we seem overly cautious and paranoid. But I figure that it's worth it if they get to outgrow it. And if they don't, at least they haven't had reactions that could worsen the severity of their allergy. This is why I stay away from "may contain..." and the other labels.

Nicole

On Feb 6, 2002

No! Don't let your child eat any-thing that says "May Contain Nuts" especially Chocolate. Chocolate is a really big No No because a lot of chocolate is made with nuts/peanuts. So that chance of cross-contamination is very likely. Stay away from chocolate unless it's made in a Nut/Free facility. Remember, even if your child is just Peanut allergic and not allergic to other nuts, that cross-contamination is likely. Don't take the chance. P.S....I can't believe your consultant said that. He or She sounds like an idiot!

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On Feb 6, 2002

We went through a couple of years where we were pretty much oblivious to the seriousness of our two little girls' peanut allergy. We gave them plain m & m's, little debbie snack cakes, crunch bars, etc.. etc..etc.. We have since learned that we should not have been doing this. Fortunately for us we did not have any serious reactions during that period of time. However, since then we have had several reactions from cross contamination from vanilla ice cream labelled as safe and other products that are not supposed to actually contain peanuts. We have found that given the number of problems we've had with accidental consumption of "may contain" items and improperly labeled foods this year and last year, that we were extremely lucky during the years that we didn't understand not to feed the girls "may contain" products. We are much more careful now, just in case. Why not? It's not that hard. It has taken a few adjustments from the girls who miss crunch bars at the movie theatre and such but they aren't suffering. We have found alternate choices for them. I am not strict about letting my kids be around other kids/people who are eating "may contain" items since I feel the risk is minimal there. I could be wrong in this assumption but I figure they are at high risk sitting next to a child having a reese's peanut butter cup, for example, and at low risk sitting next to a kid eating plain m & m's. I would be curious to hear other parents' opinions about this. I may need to do some further altering of our rules and routine. If anyone has any comments about "may contain" products being in the classroom, being eaten by siblings, etc.. please give me your advice. Thanks Joey

On Feb 6, 2002

Hi and welcome to the site! I see from another post that you are from England, I'm from Ireland and I'm the PA one.

I wouldn't eat anything that says "may contain", it's not worth the risk. I've had this allergy all my life (I'm 23 now) and I've given up many things because the may contain only appeared on most packages roughly 6/7 years ago. Examples are Rolo, Lion bar, Double Decker, Boost. I had eaten these things previously mostly with no problem, but even before the warning appeared, I'd sometimes feel ill when eating them (although I never had an anaphalactic reaction).

Manufacturing policies change, and now there are peanut Lion bars, so I assume the ordinary ones are manufactured on the same machinary and therefore could be contaminated.

Like Smack, I can't believe the consultant said that to you - he's obviously not very well educated on manufacturing processes (at least [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]).

All that said, it is a personal decision, and very muched based on your "comfort zone". Mine excludes may contain chocolate, but there plenty of safe chocolate bars out there, its just a matter of getting used to them (and I know them all by heart at this stage!!).

Gwen

On Feb 6, 2002

Joeybeth,

When I consider a "risk" factor, I'm with you. We'll never be able to eliminate a risk, but sitting next to actual peanut products is (what I consider to be) high risk. "May contain traces" is a risk, although a low one in my book. I, too, would be scared about my son sitting next to a child eating a Reese's, but minimally nervous about sitting next to a child eating a KitKat (manufactured in...) or a Milky Way (which I think says, "may contain traces...) or plain M&M's which say that too.

On Feb 6, 2002

I used to allow my 2 PA children to eat "may contains" before I knew the seriousness of it. My 6 year old son who started out with a "1" on the scratch test has slowly gone to a "4+" over the last 5 years. Had I known then what I know now I would have been just as careful as I am now. My 5 year old daughter is a "1" and I try to be as careful of her as I am her brother who is anaphalactic so that she doesn't progress to the same point that he has. I feel terribly guilty that I allowed him to eat the "may contains" and feel that if I hadn't that his allergy would not be as severe now. So... of course my advice is to stay as far away as possible from them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Valerie

On Feb 6, 2002

Just wondering what is the background on this "hospital consultant"? Is he or she a social worker, a nutritionist, a nurse? At the very least, this person should have told you to speak with your doctor about this. Mars is made on the same equipment as Snickers, which has very obvious peanuts. I don`t give my daughter any may contains, but I think Mars has a much higher chance of cross contamination than some of the other may contains. Not that I would give any of them. I think the person unless they are an M.D. or an allergy nurse should not even be giving out this advice.

On Feb 6, 2002

Because you are from the UK, I am going to recommend that you check out this web site. It is a UK organization: [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk"]http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk[/url]

Information from that site about UK labelling laws states:

"Because of the 25 per cent exemption rule applying to compound ingredients, the presence of small amounts of peanut (or indeed other allergens) may sometimes be undeclared in pre-packaged foods."

This worries me, on your behalf, for two reasons--(1)not every ingredient in packaged foods in your country has to be included on the label so you will have to personally contact each food manufacturer about each product and do it again every 6 months or so to check for changes. (2)when they are labelled as may contain there probably is a strong indication that the product could be cross-contaminated.

I would also go back to the consultant that told you that consuming those items would be ok and ask detailed questions about the reason for that recommendation and whether or not that advice is condoned by the Anaphylaxis Campaign. That person needs educating before harm comes to a future patient.

Also check out this wonderful Canadian site: [url="http://www.aaia.ca"]www.aaia.ca[/url] but remember that Canada's labelling laws are much better than those in the UK.

Take care. Kathryn from Canada

On Feb 6, 2002

I thought of a cute "picture story" to help my children and some of their friends understand why mine were not allowed to have some sandwhich cookies that I was not comfortable with. We were on a farm. I had been in the barn where horse manure was. The kids were all playing out in the yard. I asked them if they wanted to make a "train" by grabbing the waist of the person in front of them. I was at the front of the line. I asked them if they followed DIRECTLY in my steps and I had a lot of manure on my shoes... would they want to step just where I had been. They all squeeled "NO!" laughed and ran in different directions. I explained that is what happens when safe cookies go right down the line after peanut butter cookies. The good cookies get "poop" (peanut butter) on them, just like their shoes would pick up any manure mine had on them. They very quickly understood the idea that way. For my comfort zone: No way. I feel like that is playing Russian Roulette. You may be ok 5 out of 6 times....but one time, you might not be. Best wishes. (Hope my story isn't too gross. It was a great picture for the kids to see.)

On Feb 6, 2002

Someone mentioned above that Rolos are a "may contain." Is this true everywhere? Our rolos (we are in Missouri, I'm not sure where they are manufactured) have no "may contain" or other similar warning on them. I have been giving them to my PA children thinking they are safe. Please advise me if anyone knows if I should not be allowing rolos. Thanks, Joey

On Feb 6, 2002

Last week I bit into a brownie with a "may contain traces of nuts" warning. IT SURE DID...there was 1/6 of a walnut inside. Fine for me (I am not allergic) but it increased my resolve for no "may contain" foods for my son.

On Feb 6, 2002

The Rolos in Canada are made by Nestle UK (I think) and they have the "may contain peanuts" on the label.

In the USA, Rolos are not made by Nestle. They are made by Hershey, so maybe that is why there is no warning in the USA (different company).

To be certain you could contact Hershey USA but from what I have seen, the Rolos should be safe as Hershey seems to label responsibly (at least in Canada they do).

On Feb 6, 2002

Thank you Erik. I will check with Hershey. My kids are grateful to that company. Hershey is one of the main reasons they have a selection of candy/chocolate to choose from in spite of their peanut allergy. Thanks for the info so quick! Joey

On Feb 7, 2002

I avoid all "May Contain" product labels for my son, just because I'd rather not take the risk. I figure if the manufacturor is concerned enough to put that on the label, the risk is real. I also tend to look for manufacturors products that I trust when trying to find peanut-free products. Like Hershey, for example: I have been informed by several sources that their single-size plain Hershey bars are made on a dedicated line. I've also noticed that Hershey is very good about labeling their products (e.g., I picked up a package of plain Hershey Nuggets, and they had a "may contain Almonds" warning on it). So if one of their products does NOT have a "may contain" warning, I feel pretty comfortable that it's peanut-free.

On Feb 7, 2002

Shawn and others: Regarding the hersheys with almonds; what do you do? My girls are allergic to peanuts (not treenuts) but I don't buy the hersheys with almonds under the assumption that I don't really know where the almonds came from. (since many nuts come from places that process all kinds of nuts) Do you think this is overkill or do you all avoid chocolates and other foods that contain nuts even though they may not be the "nuts" you or your child are allergic to? My kids would probably really like the hersheys with almonds but I'm not sure whether to allow them to have them or not. Thanks, Joey

On Feb 7, 2002

My allergist advises avoiding all nuts because of two things. First there is the possiblity of cross contamination and second there is a high risk of mistaken nut-identity. If you have the rule NO NUTS, it covers the bases and reduces the risk.

On Feb 7, 2002

Joey-We used to allow ours to have things with almonds, walnuts, pecans. (Our pediatrician told us it was "fine". THIS from someone who didn't want us to have epi-pens in the beginning!!!) The more I have read and thought about it, we do not allow them to eat them anymore. My question is, how were the nuts processed? Who was the manufacturer that removed them from the shell and how have they been handled? I have been reading posts regarding the manufacturers of chocolate chips even.... (?????) It is so hard to find a balance. I am going to start getting our chocolate chips from the Vermont Nut free site. I read the post by Valerie about her child testing as a 1+ but now is at 4+. She thinks it is because they have eaten "may contain" items. That is a definite wake up call for me on processed ice creams! I read other peoples fears and think "I am not going to go that far"....and then I read the post yesterday about how much worse that childs allergy is. You will have to find your own comfort zone. We have found several good safe candy bars that have no nuts. (For me, it is easier to be safe, than sorry.)

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On Feb 7, 2002

Twins'mom-I am a twins' mom too! I LOVE your story and the poop analogy!!! Thank you!

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On Feb 7, 2002

I am the mother of twins too. Unfortunately I lost my first set at 23 1/2 weeks (my boys) and also lost one baby from my second set of twins (much earlier than the first set). Even though I have only one survivor, I consider myself the mother of twins and it's my greatest ever accomplishment. Twins are so wonderful. I cry every time I see them. I am very blessed to have three little girls but I think you all are so lucky to get to raise twins. Hope you all don't mind me joining "the club", so to speak. : ) Joey

On Feb 8, 2002

Joeybeth,

How old is your surviving twin? I think it's important for you to say that your girl or boy is a surviving twin. Some surviving twin may feel something missing, and that explains why. Anyway, if there is indeed a twin club your in!

P.S---where I'm from, twins are normal and singletons are almost getting extinct. Probably due to the higher chance of having twins after age 35? (More and More women are having children later)

On Feb 8, 2002

chase recently turned three. oddly, she has been asking for a baby lately. when i asked what kind of baby she said, "i want two. a boy and a girl." i thought that was strange considering most three year olds would probably just ask mommy and daddy for a baby brother or a baby sister. we are done having kids though. i don't think my heart could take any more losses. plus, if it turned out to be a single pregnancy, rather than twins again, i would be disappointed and feel guilty about that. i will definitely let her know she is a twin. that's something wonderful. i would want to know if it were me. my brothers are identical twins. one of them died last year at the age of 33 in a very sad situation (drug overdose). my heart breaks for my brother who is "alone" now. i'm sure it is harder for him than even for the rest of us. twins (and other multiples) hold such a fascination for me - they are so special. Joey

On Feb 11, 2002

I'm sure everyone will think I'm crazy!! I am PA/TNA, FISH A, have a daughter who is PA/TNA,DAIRY A,and EGG A. I ignore the may contain statements!! At times I think I'm crazy, but honestly, there wouldn't be much left to eat. I'm always prepared for reactions with Epipens and Benadryl. Any thoughts??? jillsmom

On Feb 12, 2002

jillsmom (and everyone else),

Here are the results of a "may contain" study:

18.2% (4 of 22) "may contain peanut" contained traces of peanut

12.5% (2 of 16) "manufactured on shared equipment" contained traces of peanut

12.5% (1 of 8) "manufactured in a facility that also processes peanut" contained traces of peanut

20.8% (5 of 24) where peanut was listed at the end of the ingredients list contained peanut

Peanut present was measured at concentrations from 1 to 2500 parts per million.

This info is also found: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000123.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000123.html[/url]

Hope this helps someone make a better informed decision.

Tammy

On Feb 12, 2002

You know, I'm really curious as to how others interpret this study. My son always gets a stomach ache when he eats Lemonheads candy, so yesterday I called the factory to see if there was anything to this. Sure enough, the guy on the phone said they manufacturer all kinds of peanut products in the same plant and he would be surprised if there was NOT peanut contamination in the candy. (Nice spokesman for the company!) No warning on the label of course.

Anyway, this explains my son's stomach aches...but at the same time makes me wonder just where you draw the line. Is a stomach ache a big deal? He's obviously been exposed hundreds of times since he eats this candy all the time. He knows it gives him a stomach ache, but he doesn't have a lot of candy he can eat (he's allergic to milk too) and he's willing to put up with it.

I'm sure this post will just stir the pot, but I guess I don't see this as a huge risk. Would you take the candy away? If a child's threshold is high (as my son's apparently is) and reaction levels don't change, are trace amounts really that big a deal? I know he's not going to outgrow his PA so is there a point to strict avoidance when the risk seems so small and the candy is so important to him?

On Feb 12, 2002

It is my understanding that reactions CAN change - what may cause only a stomach ache today may cause anaphylaxis tomorrow, for example.

As long as there are other safe things for my child to eat, we'll stick with those. I think every exposure is one too many, regardless of how he reacts.

If you and your child are willing to take a risk, and willing to deal with the 'reaction', then that's your decision, of course - your comfort zone. To each his own.

BTW, there is no 'tone' in my post. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Take care, Tammy

On Feb 12, 2002

A couple things (and no, I didn't hear any "tone" in your post!)...

My point was that there are probably a dozen more things in our house that contain trace amounts of peanuts that we don't know about. Yes, of course, reactions can change but how likely is this to occur in real life? Doesn't the study really say that our kids are exposed to trace amounts all the time and we just aren't aware of it?

I think it's vitally important to keep our children's spirits healthy as well as their bodies. I think we probably will avoid the candy but it's going to be a real psychological hit for him. I'd like to know before I take it away that I'm not just overreacting to a negligable risk.

On Feb 12, 2002

By the way, this post made me wonder why there's no supervision of peanut contamination. I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to talk a chromatography lab into doing food analysis pro bono and posting the results to the web in exchange for sponsorship. Obviously any given batch would have different levels of peanut contamination, but ongoing oversight of large manufacturers would turn up contamination problems...

Anyone have any relatives or friends with an industrial chromatography reference lab?

On Feb 12, 2002

Hey, since I was wondering, I fired off an email to the FARRP to see what they thought. Here's my email and their reply:

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Dear Dr. Hefle:

I am the mom of a child with severe food allergies... During a discussion with other parents of FA children, the question was raised as to whether a testing lab would be willing to do pro bono testing of

random samples of manufactured foods to a) demonstrate the problems with current food contamination and b) give parents such as myself a snapshot of which companies/which products run the greatest risk of allergenic contaminants.

I ran across your company during a web search and it seemed a natural fit for this type of work... Is there any chance this would be something your group could take on? I would be happy to facilitate a conversation with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network to see if there are opportunities to raise the visibility of your organization through their contacts and publications.

Please let me know your thoughts. Parents like myself are very frustrated with the constant "low level" reactions our children are having and the incredibly poor state of contaminant labelling! A little more pressure on manufacturers and a little more information for parents would be a godsend.

(my name/address)

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Her reply:

Dear Elizabeth,

I am sorry, but my lab simply cannot take on this kind of work - we are very time strapped with our current projects... being the only non-clinical academic program working on food allergies, we are in over our heads with work to do...

It is really important that you tell FDA and FAAN about all of these reactions, no matter how "low level"...

I completely understand your concerns - FDA has new initatives to do a lot of inspections and other things for undeclared food allergens - I think that they are making the food supply safer for the food-allergic consumer, but of course there is always room for improvement....

Sorry I cannot assist you at this time,

Best regards,

sue (other contact information)

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Just thought you'd all be interested. Wonder how we could ramp up the FDA program?

On Feb 12, 2002

Hi! I'm really appreciating the stats and input re "may contains". I am actually going to start at least making a mental note of the warnings on the products we now use, and see how much more it would limit us, and as well try to make better choices where possible. As well...booandbrimom...I think, if it were me I'd try to eliminate a food causing even what may seem a mild reaction. And I can relate to the limited candy choices!!

thanks everyone! jillsmom

On Feb 13, 2002

booandbrimom,

I applaud your enthusiasm. I'm sorry you ended up with a "we can't help" answer, but you tried. Thank you! I know we are all anxiously awaiting the day when labeling is accurate, not to mention when something like HU901 (I think that's right) comes out to help our kids. Until then, we all do what we can.

Would you mind clarifying one statement for me? When you said - "Yes, of course, reactions can change, but how likely is this to occur in real life?" - what did you mean?

On Feb 13, 2002

Thanks Lam - shame it didn't work (seemed like a good idea). I still have some chromatography contacts so I'm not giving up!

My comment about reactions is that yes, some people's baseline reactions do become more severe and yes, some people's reactions can suddenly go from mild to severe. However, my understanding is that most people's reactions (given the same baseline stresses on the immune system, amount of allergen, etc.) remain the same.

In other words, if my kid has not reacted anaphylactically up until now to the Lemon Heads, it's probably not terribly likely that he would in the future. I agree that no one candy is worth taking the risk, but all of these "may contain" start to really pick away at his quality of life. Remember that I have a son with milk allergies too so there are already only a handful of candies he can eat and virtually no packaged cookies or other baked goods at all. The kid feels really singled out at school because even his "goody jar" doesn't have much in it.

My point was that we're probably all taking risks we don't know about every day. Are the ones that we suddenly DO know about somehow more dangerous today than they were yesterday?

Ah well...another post to add to my reputation as a careless mom. I feel like I should start adding a disclaimer to all my posts that say "the ideas expressed herewithin are the thoughts of the poster presented for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as advice..." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Feb 13, 2002

boobriamom,

Interesting stuff that you did. Thanks on all of our behalfs. When it becomes mandatory for foods to be labelled then if investigations were done on foods that were not labelled and found to contain a contaminant, then we would have power to do something.

You sound like you have an inquisitive mind, I like that!

Tammy, That's really helpful info that you gave, it's still a little like playing russian roulette isn't it?

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On Feb 14, 2002

booandbrimom,

I hope you didn't get the idea from my posts that I think you're a careless mom - I do not. I seem to remember another thread or two (at least) where I adamantly agreed with you! I think you've got your feet on the ground and your head firmly attached to your shoulders.

I can understand the difficulties in finding treats that are safe, of course. I don't know if these are safe for your child, but really the only candies my boys eat are Smarties (US sweettart-like), Skittles, and DumDum lollipops. Not a whole lot to choose from there, but they don't seem to mind. Just a suggestion. (Again, I don't know about the safety of these with your child's other allergies.)

As for reactions changing, my son's have. His first reaction to PB was vomiting. His second reaction to PB (same amount) was vomiting, wheezing and hoarseness. He also was not contact reactive at first, but is now. And I'm not ruling out that one of these days he'll end up airborne reactive. (If this doesn't fall under what you meant, then ignore my rambling.)

Again, I don't think you are careless at all. We all do what works for us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Take care, Tammy

On Feb 14, 2002

Thanks Tammy...just a little sensitive I guess because I tend to be farther down the "risk" continuum than some on this board. And yes Smack, I agree that it's like Russian Roulette! And I for one am thoroughly sick of it. I whipped off a note to our local congressman when I read on a site that there's been a petition before the FDA for YEARS that they've essentially ignored.

Anyway, thanks for the Smarties and DumDum suggestions - those two are in our "safe" box but my son is tired of them. We also have Airheads and a few other hard candies. Skittles for some crazy reason caused a problem for my son - although he had just finished a gymnastics class so we werent' sure if it was asthma or a food reaction. He got the itchy throat and mouth though before the asthma attack, and that's generally a pretty clear sign... Anyway, I called the Skittles people and they swear up and down that there's no risk of peanut contamination, so we chalked it up to "mystery" and just don't give him Skittles anymore. The allergist said that reactions to food colorings are pretty rare and he's never had trouble with any other candy, so who knows? Russian roulette indeed. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Feb 14, 2002

Oh and Lam, to follow up on your comment about changing allergy symptoms... My son's symptoms have changed greatly over the years. He used to get full body hives and swelling - now that's pretty rare. Instead, we get the itchy throat, closing airway and asthma attack (he's seven now). He generally gets a stomach ache now but doesn't vomit profusely like he used to unless he actually eats something with an allergen and isn't just reacting to a trace amount.

However, my comment about the *severity* of the allergy still stands. Apparently, mast cell sensitization sites change as children get older (the allergic "march"), but the severity of the reaction does tend to remain the same. However, respiratory reactions are more dangerous than cutaneous, so even though the number of mast cells involved may be level, you obviously have to take a respiratory reaction more seriously.

My son's reactions (and as I've posted before, there have unfortunately been many) do tend to remain about the same level of severity for the amount of allergen ingested. If it's a trace amount, thank heavens the reaction is generally mild. If it's an actual ingestion of something (and we've only had a couple of these since determining his allergens), it tends to be the same level of severity - serious but no life support required to day, thank God!

Again, I'm not saying that I would take chances...but I'm comforted by the fact that when we have these trace exposures the reactions tend to be mild and the same.

On Feb 14, 2002

booandbrimom,

Sorry the Skittles didn't work out - I love those, myself! Hee-hee!

Thanks for further explaining what you meant - now I'm "on the same page"!

Take care, Tammy

On Nov 28, 2002

Bumping up

On Nov 30, 2002

This is a topic that I too have been very curious about. I have Oral Allergy Syndrome, which is what I believe has caused my Tree nut Allergy. And since peanuts are also on that list, it doesn't surprise me that I have started to react to them too.

When I was tested for T Nuts, the allergist told me not to worry about may contains, and even though I was having more a gastro intestinal reaction to peanuts, he felt that it was an intolerance, not a true allergy. He actually told me that I could eat peanuts.

Well. I avoided peanut butter anyhow since the reactions I had were so unpleasant, but I DID eat the occasional chocolate bar or treat that contained peanuts, since I had no reaction to that. Then I had a few really weird co-incidences. I had a Caramilk bar and had the same reaction like I do if I eat tree nuts. A few weeks later, I had a butterfinger like bar and instantly had a headache and was short of breath. And then....I had a bite of my son's O Henry bar and had those GI symptoms for three days. My reactions have definately gotten much more severe then they were before. That tiny bite of an O Henry bar did to me what an entire peanut butter sandwhich would've done only two months ago. So as a result, I am going to see the allergist next week. Hopefully THIS time he'll test me for peanut. I'm a little nervous...I really don't WANT to be allergic to peanut when I read all that you go through.

On Mar 28, 2004

Hang on, Hang on! We were told by THE BEST Uk alligest what all the warnings mean!

May contain nuts , There mite B any type of nuts in this product.

May contain TRACES of nuts-possiblity there could B PEANUT cross-contanimation (NOTE: TREENUT allergic people DO NOT have to avoid products with this warning! if there is risk of cross contination with TREENUTS it is the LAW they haave to put either: -May contain traces of TREENUT -May contain traces of ______(fill in the blank with any treenut!) -May contain traces of OTHER NUTS unfortantly the top UK alliegest died from brain cancer a few years ago. Hope this helps!

On Mar 28, 2004

oh, and to add for UK members, mars bar shares the same line as snicker bars! sarah

On Mar 29, 2004

Just wanted to say that I have been hearing about alot of kids with allergies to food dye. My daugther is one. She is allergic to yellow dye. Her cheeks got red and swollen after she ate a waffle with it in there. Her dr said it is common for younger kids(she is 17 months) to have this and that they usually out grow it. My friend has a son who could not even wear a red shirt without breaking out. There is also a kid in my sons school who is allergic to red dye. They sent a note home to the kids who come to the school for after school programs that they are no longer allowed to bring any snacks in. He goes to a catholic school and after they are dismissed the public school kids come and learn about religon. Anyway, the school did not want any food brought in because of the risk to the regular students( residue on desks etc)

Just to add I do not let me kids eat may contains.

On Mar 29, 2004

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Originally posted by Lam: [b]jillsmom (and everyone else),

>>Hope this helps someone make a better informed decision.

Tammy[/b]

Should I take offense to this statement? Maybe its just shy mr. sensitive pony taile guy moment... But I make some very ahrd decisions in our daughters nutrition.

I weigh the pros and cons of anything she puts into her mouth. That being said, I making a very wellinformed decision in giving her ANYTHING with a 'may contains..' line on it...

If she was JUST allergic to peanuts (all nuts) maybe I would feel differently. Maybe it playing russian roullette, but if I have a snack to give her thats run on the same lines, and we have not had a problem with it, at that point, Ill still give it to her...

Given a limited diet, its tougher to find substitutes that are acceptable to us, and tasty enough...

I dont need someone to 'inform' me of what my choices are. I'm an adult. I am taking care of my child day in and day out...

Jason Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts Sara 2-13-98 NKA (avoiding nuts) Meghan 2-28-03 Outgrown Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Stopped Zantac - RAST neg. - PASSED Yo-Baby MILK challenge [url="http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin"]http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin[/url] (new pix added 3-29)

On Mar 6, 2006

re-raising

On Mar 6, 2006

Nestle Rolo is now safe (Canada) - the may contain peanuts warning was removed more than a year ago as the facility went nut-free

(this product is manufactured by Nestle in the UK)

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