reaction to Banquet chicken patty

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2006 - 10:51pm
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Our local grocer had Banquet chicken patties on sale. I don't usually buy this product, but after reading the ingredients and looking at the allergy statement - contains wheat and soy. I bought the patties. Our DD doesn't react to either. She is, however, allergic to peanuts, almonds and sesame.

The first time she ate the patties, she complained that her lips were burning. This is not like any reaction she has ever had. Since we'd been playing in the pool all day I chalked it up to DD's lips being sensitive because of too much sun. Maybe I should have taken the lip burning more seriously, and I regret my lax attitude now. A few nights ago we had the patties again and she complained about her lips burning again and I became very alarmed this time, especially when her lips swelled to double their usual size and tiny hives formed all over her mouth, chin and cheeks.

I immediately gave her Benadryl. Within minutes the hives and swelling went down. After a shower she was fine. Thank goodness that's all it took.

I've read the box label repeatedly and the only questionable ingredient is vegetable oil. I've emailed the company but haven't gotten a response. DD hasn't ever reacted to wheat or soy, and her tests showed a 0 for both. I know things can change but, this is the only product to have caused her a problem.

We will not be buying Banquet products again. I'm just so happy that the reaction wasn't more serious.

Has anyone experienced a reaction to Banquet chicken patties?

Thanks for your help.

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2006 - 11:03pm
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i'm not sure we've ever tried those. i'd be curious to know which allergen your child was reacting to. did you all have any other portion of the meal in common both times she had the chicken patties (like buns, for example). i'm sure you are careful about bread/buns with a sesame allergy. please post the response you get (if you get one) from the company so we can find out what allergen may have contaminated the chicken.

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2006 - 11:18pm
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Both times the patties were eaten without bread. We do eat bread, but probably not as often as most folks. And yes, we're extremely careful about brands. Both times we had a salad and veggies, and both times she ate only the patty (DD eats one food at a time, I know it's weird).
I did some research on the boards and it appears Conagra doesn't label for cross-contamination from what posters were saying. I thought it was the law??? This could take someone out one day. If this is true, considering how big Conagra is, you would think they'd be more careful being such a big target for a lawsuit.
I'm going to stick to the products we know and trust.

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2006 - 12:48am
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Quote:Originally posted by meadow:
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I did some research on the boards and it appears Conagra doesn't label for cross-contamination from what posters were saying. I thought it was the law???
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Labeling for cross-contamination is not "the law". Check out this link for more info...
[url="http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/alrgqa.html#q13"]http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/alrgqa.html#q13[/url]
[i]Does FALCPA require the use of a "may contain" statement in any circumstance?
No. Advisory statements are not required by FALCPA.
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Hope your kiddo is doing ok now.
[This message has been edited by 2BusyBoys (edited August 21, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2006 - 1:38am
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Do you have any of them left to send for testing?
The reason I ask is because last year my son had two very very mild reactions (redness around the mouth) to Kraft Boca Burgers (it's posted about here).
Kraft maintained, through a month long inquiry, that there was no way that they had been cross contaminated.
I thought my guy had developed a soy allergy.
But then, I just kept thinking about it and don't think he had at all - I still think those burgers were cross-contaminated somehow and he had a PA reaction.
Long winded because I'm still kicking myself in the butt for not having had them sent to be tested.
Yes, new allergies *can* develop and I'm watchful of what ones are likely to, with him being PA only, but I just knew it was the burgers and PA. If that makes any sense. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 1:03am
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csc,
Our daughter was just tested again, so I feel confident she hasn't developed any new allergies.
We threw all the patties away the same day. So we can't send them off for testing. I wish I would have thought about that. I feel fairly confident it was a PA. Just mother's intuition.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 1:09am
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2BusyBoys,
Thanks for the link. I was under the impression cross-contaminated items were supposed to be labelled. I know a lot of brands contain that information. Too bad it's not mandatory.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 2:33pm
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Has your child been tested for annatto or black pepper? Both of these are a seed.
I have two boys (11 & 8)that are ANA to peanuts, all tree nuts and annatto. They both have had reactions to this product. My oldest son (11) says that it felt like his throat was "itchy". He is also sensitive to pepper. He can handle a little bit of pepper, but not a lot.This product has both in it.
I know how this can drive you crazy. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something else comes along.
Make sure you save your label and ask your allergist about it.
~Cindy
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Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 8:27pm
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You are absolutely right about just having these allergies under control when something else pops up.
Our DD has not been tested for those two items. She regularly consumes freshly ground pepper - in a variety of colors too. She's never had a probelm. I'm certain that it's not the pepper. She has been tested for a variety of seeds and scored a zero - thank goodness.
DD consumes annatto daily in cheddar cheese, butter, rice and yogurt. While anything is possible, I'm very doubtful it's either of these ingredients.
I have a nagging feeling it's the PA that caused the chicken patty reaction. But thank you for helping us further investigate.

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:52am
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If these are the patties I am thinking of, they are breaded. The breading is very possibly contaminated with sesame, since the crumbs are probably the remnants of bread products.

Posted on: Mon, 08/28/2006 - 2:44am
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meadow,
My DS ate the banquet chicken pieces and had a reaction also. He is allergic to eggs and peanuts.. It was definitly peanuts.. He started screaming and his mouth swelled up.. I was very upset as you were because I read the package and had never seen any warning anywhere of cross contamination.. I should have known better. Sorry you to had to go through this.

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