Peanut Allergy Survey


Hello all,

My name is Danielle Varney and I am a Junior at Boston University. I am currently a student in the School of Management, enrolled in a course called Core. Basically, my team and I are assigned to come up with a new product idea and pitch a business plan to a group of investors. Our product is a Peanut Testing Device, that would be used to detect peanut traces in foods. We are looking for people to take a survey, so that we can better formulate the needs and wants of our potential customers. The survey is anonymous, and the results will only be used by my team and I. If you could participate, my team and I would greatly appreciate it. The link to the survey is located at the bottom of this message.

Thank you in advance,

Danielle Varney


On Mar 9, 2007

This is an interesting idea and I might want to use it to double-check foods.

However, I would never trust such a device because there could be peanuts in the food even if it there are no peanuts in the tiny portion that was tested.


------------------ Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Mar 9, 2007

completed and good luck!!!

On Mar 9, 2007


I have the same hesitation over the product as Momcat, but I still think it's a promising idea.

BTW, I used to work with someone with your name - I was so startled when I read your post!


On Mar 10, 2007

I filled it out. I'm not sure how safe I feel about this though. I would wait awhile until it has been out on the market.

On Mar 13, 2007

I was telling my husband that someone should invent this device

On Mar 13, 2007

I think this has already be invented.( not just for peanut allergies, but other foods) But is only in use for those with intolerance, not life threatening allergy. There are plans to try and get this gadget suitable for factory use. Lots of work is planned in this area.

I am from the UK and met these people at the allergy show in london.


On Mar 15, 2007

I would not use it at all... I dont trust anything at all but myself. If that thing showed it was safe, and then it actually wasnt, would the company be liable if the person died? Would the company pay for the hospital visit and the ambulance ride because of the reaction? I dont think so...

On Mar 15, 2007

Dee1323, I actually did the same project (but different product) in 1993 when I was a junior at BU. Core didn't exist then -- the project was done in Marketing Management but I'm sure it hasn't changed much. Good luck. I hope your product is better received by your classmates than mine was. I do, however, have some of the same reservations as previous posters. I'd be concerned with "may contains" you would need to test every centimeter of your meal to have reasonable confidence it was safe.

On Mar 15, 2007

Yeah... that was the problem I have with it... you can't tell if something has a small amout of peanut in it by this method... and it only takes a small amount to cause a reaction.

It would work for something like peanut butter in chili... but I feel more comfortable with my current level of checking with manufacturers/managers for info on ingredients and cross contamination than with something like that.

It wouldn't work at all for most foods because of the consistency of the food (ie, a salad, a sandwich, french fries, etc).

Tara P

On Mar 15, 2007

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Good luck!