Peanut Products in School

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My daughter just started Kindergarten today and I decided to join her for lunch to check out the cafeteria and make sure everyone was aware of her Peanut Allergy.

I was shocked and dismayed to find out that three quarters of the food and snacks they serve contain peanuts or are products manufactured on the same equipment as peanut products.

I am going to send her lunch but I am nervous she may try to purchase and eat a snack with peanuts.

The school is offering products manufactured by a company called "Little Debbie" and every single item has peanuts or traces in it. Plus there is no individual labeling on the cookies and snacks with ingredient lists. I had to literally pick up the box and look underneath to see what each item contained.

Isn't there a law protecting consumers from not having any ingredients labeled on their product, especially in a school lunchroom?

On Aug 31, 2001

No you really have me worried. I just sent my two identical twins who are both PA to kindergarten. The school was not to empathetic about the allergy.

Renee Waring

On Aug 31, 2001

Map,

You would be surprised how much food in a school cafeteria is not labeled. Many US schools get good deals on food from the USDA -the majority of these foods are not labeled at all.

My school also has Little Debbies and yes none of their snacks are individually labeled. It drives me wack-o. I do not allow my daughter to eat in the luncharea when they serve nut containing foods-she eats in the classrroom with a friend. It works out on average for a month she eats in her room 6-8 times. Of course that doesn't take into account what people bring from home.

My daughter knows she is never permitted to eat anything that is not brought from our home or if I personally have not told her it was ok.

Linda

On Sep 4, 2001

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Originally posted by Renee Waring: [b]No you really have me worried. I just sent my two identical twins who are both PA to kindergarten. The school was not to empathetic about the allergy.

Renee Waring[/b]

I recently met with the school nutritionist who tried to accomodate my daughters allergy but they would not get rid of Little Debbbie's snack foods. I know she is protected to some degree but cannot get much results by myself. I know there are other children at her school with this allergy but administration cannot give me their names because of confidentiality. My daughter goes to Trace Crossings in Alabama. Try to speak with nutritionist about problem if you can. I know the children are protected under section 504 of the Civil Rights amendment but I am not sure to what degree.

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