PEANUT CHIP

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 11:03pm
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pHello,/p
p I am new to this forum, but have had PN/TN allergies for years. I was searching the wire today and found this article, unfortunately the link to the article was not working. I just wanted to warn everyone, and maybe we can stop this before it is accepted by the general public. I will continue to search the services for the full article, but if anyone else comes across it please post it./p
p"Georgia Researcher Touts Peanut Chip/p
pATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Its called a chip, looks like a cracker, and tastes like something completely unexpected: a peanut..../p
pFor the full text of this story, click here. To edit your profile, go to keyword NewsProfiles. For all of today's news, go to keyword News. "/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 11:13pm
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Georgia Researcher Touts Peanut Chip
By MITCH STACY
Associated Press Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 11:16pm
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After reading the article, I am also wondering if anyone has any information on animal feed, and the possibility that peanut proteins could still be in the flesh of the animal when we eat it.
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Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 11:31pm
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Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 1:09am
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What exactly are you trying to stop? The manufacturing of this product or its advertisement? It seems like a healthy altenrative for those who want to eat peanuts but don't want the fat. I certainly wouldn't buy them but I don't have a problem with other people buying them.
Most of the animals that people eat consumme peanuts and peanut by products in their feed. I don't know if anyone has reacted to animal flesh (ugh) but am certainly glad, especially with all this mad cow disease stuff, that my family and I don't eat animal flesh.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 2:07am
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WARNING THIS BECOMES A MAJOR VENT FROM AN UPSET MOM!!! I personally came in here to post about this after reading it in my morning paper. The reason I would want to stop it is beacause it is going to look (the way I interpret it) just like potato chips. I would worry about my son accidently eating something that should be safe. Why do people who enjoy peanuts need a chip made out of them when there are peanuts. I understand that they would be low fat but give me a break! It justs sounds like to me they are trying to make more money from an already high producing product.
They say it will be made into a flour and mixed with soybean flour, so how soon would this flour take to make it into products like bread, tortillas, cereals to give people low fat alternatives. I can see manufactureers using this product and not properly labeling what it is. Well I hope nobody takes offense with this. These are just my views on the subject and this is one very mad [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] mom at the moment.
Christyn

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 3:19am
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WARNING THIS IS A MAJOR VENT FROM ANOTHER UPSET MOM!!!
Newbie - Thank you very much for the info. I saw a VERY brief news spot on this and my heart sunk.
I have copied pieces of the article below -
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"Its called a chip, looks like a cracker, and tastes like something completely unexpected: a peanut." .... The chip starts with what is basically [b]peanut waste[/b], the pellets that are a byproduct of peanut-oil extraction. Full of [b]protein[/b] but minus 80 percent of the fat, they typically are mixed with other food waste and fed to livestock.
"[b]"The pellets are ground into a fine powder"[/b]"
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I am sure this "powder/dust is going to be another problem in cross contamination - PEANUT POWDER/DUST in more of the manufacturer's factories.
THE FOLLOWING QUESTION was asked in this thread:
"What exactly are you trying to stop? The manufacturing of this product or its advertisement?"
My answer is: I am trying to stop the manufacture of this product. Stopping this takes care of the advertisement.
I guess I don't mind if they advertise, if it's not manufactured - [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Now OF COURSE THIS IS JUST MY OPINION - Thats why I posted it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 3:46am
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I, too, am upset that there will be another peanut product out there. What concerns me in particular about this product is what other people have already stated - that it will either look like a cracker or potato chip and can thereby be easily confused by a young child. I understand that we are supposed to monitor our child's food consumption and know what they are putting in their mouths at all times. I guess it just bothers me that there is something else out there now to worry about.
Yarnwoman, as far as peanut flour, it's already out there. It was recently added to Peek Frean cookies that had previously been made successfully without peanut flour. I was so angry that Nabisco felt the need to change to peanut flour. Why?
We are not going to stop the manufacture or advertisement of this product. The only thing we can do is ensure that we let our children know what the packaging looks like and what the actual product looks like in comparison to crackers and chips. I have regularly pointed out peanut products when advertised on the television to my son so he would be able to identify them by their wrappings. We can at least do that.
Angry, yes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Can you stop it? Unfortunately and ultimately, no.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 5:03am
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well, HERE IS MY VENT THEN!!!
I think reactions like this are why people tend to think of us PA parents as hysterical extremists who are made the butt of jokes on television sitcoms and talk shows~! People are just not going to stop eating peanuts and peanut products, and as long as MOST of the U.S. can and does eat a lot of peanut products, they are going to find new ways to market them.
Yes, if a particular company manufactures them that also manufactures other peanut free products doesn't take the proper safety precautions, that is an issue.
I dont' think banning peanuts andpeanut products or calling for a morotorium on them is a very realistic idea, I actually think its detrimental to PA individuals as we are no longer taken seriously.
Demands for safer manufacturing, better labeling, safer habitats (like in airplanes and schools)more research into vaccines, etc. are what we should be trying to push, not demanding that peanut products should be banned because we or our children cannot eat them.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 7:47am
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Well ladies wether this qualifies me as hysterical or not here is something I did today. I found the University of Georgia's web site and sent and email to the man who has invented this peanut cracker. I told him about my concerns and wanted to know why he really felt we needed another cracker out there on the market. I will keep you posted if he returns an email. Anyway if you want to contact him you can go to the University of Georgia web site at [url="http://www.uga.com"]www.uga.com[/url] it has a place to search for UGA people, simply type in the mans name which is Yao-wen Huang and it will give you his email, snail mail and phone number.
christyn

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 10:25am
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Yarnwoman,
Thanks for the info - you saved me some time. I was going to see if I could find a contact for the "Chip Man". I will let you know if I get a response from him.
In response to the statement:
"I think reactions like this are why people tend to think of us PA parents as hysterical extremists who are made the butt of jokes on television sitcoms and talk shows~! "
What can I say? Sometimes publicity is positive and sometimes it's negative - at least the word is getting out there! We can't choose how others will react to our different attempts to save the lives of children.
I hope we can agree that it is O.K. for some of the worried parents to pursue this new concern AND it's O.K. for those parents that are not overly concerned about this issue to Not pursue it.
Is it Possible for us to support each other about the dangers of the peanut allergy - even if we disagree on this issue? I really believe we can. If you find that this is not an issue for you, that's fine.
As for me... I am going to contact the "Chip man". [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sue in Sunny Arizona

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