QUESTION ABOUT CROSS CONTAMINATION

Posted on: Wed, 01/16/2002 - 12:44am
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I AM HAVING A BABY SHOWER FOR A FRIEND AND THE KIDS ARE ALL INVITED. IT IS MOSTLY COLD CUT PLATTERS BUT I HAVE A QUESTION... I KNOW THAT WE NEVER BRING ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE FROM THE BAKERY BECAUSE OF OUR SON..BUT WHAT ABOUT A SITUATION LIKE THIS I USUALLY SERVE ROLLS FROM THE BAKERY WITH THE PLATTERS IF I KEEP MY SON AWAY FROM THEM IS IT STILL DANGEROUS IF OTHER PEOPLE ARE EATING THEM AROUND HIM ?? WILL HE GET A REACTION FROM SOMEONE EATING SOMETHING THAT DOESNT CONTAIN A NUT BUT HAS A CHANCE OF CROSS CONTAMINATION LIKE THE ROLLS OR SAY MAYONAISE WHICH I READ IS NO LONGER SAFE ..I REALLY APPRECIATE ANY SUGGESTIONS...THANKS..KATHY ANN

Posted on: Wed, 01/16/2002 - 3:01am
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My daughter has been in school 2 1/2 yrs. The students are not allowed to bring in anything with an actual peanut/nut or peanutbutter in it. They often eat "may contain" products, cupcakes, etc. around her. She has never had a reaction to the other kids eating this stuff. She eats her own when this happens.
You need to take into consideration your childs previous reactions and what will make you feel the most comfortable.
Laurie

Posted on: Wed, 01/16/2002 - 3:33am
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According to my allergist (Dr. Wood at Johns Hopkins, who is excellent and is also PA), airborne exposures only occur when the peanut protein is in the air, such as when people eat shelled peanuts. Simply opening a jar of peanut butter or eating cross-contaminated foods will not release the protein into the air.
I don't worry about my daughter being around cross-contaminated food, as long as she knows not to eat it. But you should only do what you feel comfortable with. Hope this helps.

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