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Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 1:45am
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Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 2:25am
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I wanted to mention that we've had problems in the past with things that aren't labeled at all. One notable one was Lemon Heads. My son consistently got a bad stomach-ache after eating these, so we finally called the factory and I talked to their QC director.
He said the peanut dust "hangs in the air" at the factory and that he wouldn't let a child who was PA eat candy from their factory. Yet there was no warning on their candy at all.
We have called a lot of factories over time and have grown comfortable with some manufacturers but not with others. General Mills seems to do a good job in their plants (but Kelloggs has been a problem for us with soy contamination).
I really don't think food labels have much meaning at all. I'm very glad that my son's peanut allergy appears to need more than trace amounts to be triggered and that we're only dealing with a stomach ache most of the time for these traces. Otherwise we'd just throw up our hands and give up on processed foods. Sadly, I think we have to assume that all processed foods could contain peanuts regardless of the labeling, and be prepared to handle a reaction if it happens.

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 2:50am
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We avoid both , can't be too safe.
Since after almost three years reaction and exposure free my daughter had a reaction brought on by trace, trace is an exposure to me, and a danger I am not willing to knowingly play with.
I would say at first I was more unclear about how careful to be , the more I learn the more careful I am, we won't even feed our daughter deli meats unless they are packaged , although we had in the past , it was too risky for us to continue, having heard from anaphylaxis canada speaker that it was a danger,as well that if there is a warning , of "may contain" or "in a facility" at least in Canada it means there is a genuine risk of exposure.
Be safe.

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 6:05am
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In re: to peanuts, we avoid both...
In regard to tree nuts (which my daughter has not shown an allergy in testing), we avoid may contain because we were told that people with PA have a higher risk of developing Tree Nut allergies, but we do use a few products that have the manufactured in a facility warning. I have called those companies and am satisfied with their allergen policies.

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