Peanut Allergy Survey

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 7:50am
dee1323's picture
Joined: 03/09/2007 - 09:00

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


Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 8:37am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 8:42am
Alyssasmom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2005 - 09:00

completed and good luck!!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 8:57am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

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!

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:49pm
pdarki's picture
Joined: 02/17/2007 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 5:21am
JennB's picture
Joined: 01/31/2007 - 09:00

I was telling my husband that someone should invent this device

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 6:05am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 5:16pm
markwelch's picture
Joined: 01/07/2006 - 09:00

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...

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 10:27pm
njm's picture
Joined: 03/16/2003 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 2:56am
VariegatedRB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2005 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 7:35am
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

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Good luck!


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