\"Safe\" Snack and Lunch List for School

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The following information was obtained from a document entitled Anaphylaxis, A Resource Document for Schools. It was produced and distributed by Nutrition Services, North York Public Health Department, Telephone #416-395-7669

Peanut Butter-Less Lunches Are you finding it challenging to make lunches and snacks for your children without the famous peanut butter sandwich? Well, say goodbye to the old stand-by and hello to easy-to-make peanut-free lunches.

If you are concerned that your child will not be getting enough protein at lunch without peanut butter, you'll be happy to know that they're probably getting more than enough protein each day already. Most people can easily meet their daily protein requirements by choosing foods from the four food groups of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. While protein is primarily found in Meat & Alternates and Milk Products, smaller amounts are also in the Grain Products and Vegetables and Fruit groups.

The following foods have approximately the same amount of protein as 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (1 serving of Meat & Alternatives):

1 oz. meat 1 oz. cheddar cheese 1 cup yogurt 1 cup Raisin Bran (Post) 1 cup milk

In fact, one slice of cheese pizza has almost two times the protein as 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

School Lunch Ideas - Easy, Nutritious and Peanut Butter-less!

The lunch meal should contain at least one food from each of the four food groups of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Mix and Match to plan a balanced lunch:

Grain Products: bread - whole wheat, rye, cracked wheat, oatmeal pumpernickel bagels, rolls, buns English muffin leftover pasta like macaroni & cheese or spaghetti muffins pita bread crackers

Vegetables & Fruit: fresh fruit canned fruit in own juices fruit juice vegetable sticks (with dip) vegetable juice

Milk Products: 2%, 1% skim milk yogurt cheese cottage cheese milk-based custard or pudding milk-based cream soup quark cheese cheese slices

Meat & Alternatives: hard boiled egg chick peas refried beans leftover chicken leg cold meatloaf cold cuts hot chili con carne hot vegetarian chili hot beef stew leftover pizza hot baked beans hot lentil soup

Example Peanut Butter-less Menus

Monday sliced meat, cheese and lettuce in a pita, carrot sticks, orange slices, milk

Tuesday cold hard boiled egg, celery stuffed with soft cheese, raisin bran muffin, milk pudding, fruit juice

Wednesday crackers with cheese cubes (or cheese slices) & sliced cold cuts, cucumber slices, canned fruit (in juice), milk

Thursday leftover pizza slice, green pepper rings, yogurt, fruit juice

Friday leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables & dip, fresh fruit, milk

Plus...peanut butter-less snacks!

plain yogurt mixed with fruit milk puddings fruit cups (canned in juice) any fresh fruit celery sticks stuffed with soft cheese cheese and crackers whole grain cereal whole grain muffin half bagel with cheese juice boxes - vegetable or fruit popcorn for older children vegetables with dip sliced meat wrapped around cheese sticks hard boiled egg mini pitas stuff with cheese - try cream, Swiss, Gouda mini bagels with cream cheese and cucumber slices

Don't forget to pack food safely: - use a wide-mouth thermos to keep milk cold and foods, like chili and pasta, hot. - to keep food cold, use frozen juice boxes or frozen bread for sandwiches (they will thaw by lunchtime) or use an insulated lunch bag. Sandwiches that are made the night before will stay colder better than those made in the morning.

AVOIDING PEANUTS IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER GROUP SETTINGS

Why has my child's school asked me to avoid sending peanut products? Whether it is your child or another child in the same school, daycare or camp that has a peanut allergy, everyone's co-operation may be necessary to help make that environment as peanut-free as possible. Peanut allergies are usually severe and can be fatal. In fact, even a tiny amount of exposure to peanut particles or residue through the eyes, nose or mouth can cause a peanut allergy sufferer to experience strong reactions. Without medical treatment, the person can die within minutes.

Can't the allergic child just avoid peanuts? Because of the nature of peanut allergies, having the allergic child simply avoid peanut products is not enough. Peanuts tend to leave residue on things like utensils, containers and table tops. Even unintentionally sniffing peanuts or touching something with peanut residue can prove fatal to the allergic child.

Are peanuts the same as nuts? No. Peanuts are "ground" nuts and thus are not really nuts but a member of the legume family. Although it would be unusual for someone to be allergic to other legumes, it is possible, especially to soy. All other nuts are "tree" nuts, e.g. walnuts, cashews, almonds, etc. Allergies to tree nuts are unusually severe as well. It is rare, although possible, for someone to be allergic to both nuts and peanuts. On the other hand, most people who are allergic to one tree nut are also allergic to other tree nuts and sometimes to seeds as well.

How can peanuts be avoided? Avoiding peanuts means not sending any foods from home for snacks and lunches that contain peanut products. If peanut butter is one of your child's favourite foods, you may feel some despair about what else to provide. Here are some tips for reading labels on food packages to determine if peanuts are present and some alternative ideas for peanut-free snacks and lunches. Parents of peanut-allergic children: please share with other parents your ideas and any brand names of specific products to use or avoid.

Reading Labels:

When buying pre-packaged, prepared foods, read the labels carefully. Check the list of ingredients. Recheck each time you buy a product to ensure the list of ingredients has not changed. Avoid any products that do not carry a complete list of ingredients. For example, bulk foods and goods from on-site bakeries do not have ingredient lists because these foods are not pre-packaged.

Ingredients containing/made from peanuts: peanuts peanut butter mixed nuts peanut sauce peanut oil peanut meal peanut flour ground nuts mandalona nuts* * peanuts that have been de-coloured and de-flavoured, then artificially flavoured with a nut flavouring and finally moulded or cut to resemble a nut

Ingredients that may contain peanuts: vegetable oil vegetable shortening vegetable/plant protein vegetable/almond paste

In addition, you need to check to see if any foods contain peanuts. Although this is not a comprehensive list, here are some foods you should check before using: candy, baked goods, Chinese foods, macaroons, potato chips, fried snack foods, fried foods, cake icings, chocolate bars, margarine, canned fish packed in oil, canned sardines, packed olives, salad dressings, chili con carne, ice cream, granola bars

Please note that many of these foods may not contain peanuts, but you first need to check each ingredient list carefully, especially for types of vegetable oils. Regulations in Canada now require Canadian manufacturers to list peanut oil if it is part of the vegetable oil or product. Fortunately, peanut oil is not often used, because it is quite expensive. For any home-prepared foods, check the ingredient list for each product being used. Be wary of non-Canadian products, as they are not subject to the same labelling requirements. For example, imported chocolate bars may not list peanuts, even when they are present.

Peanut-Free Snack Ideas

Choose from Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Here are some ideas, but remember that you need to check the labels of any pre-packaged or prepared foods and any ingredients that you use in home-prepared foods.

* yogurt * milk * fresh fruit * cheese and crackers * unsweetened cereal * yogurt mixed with fruit * milk pudding * canned fruit packed in juice * cheese-stuffed celery sticks * homemade muffin * raw vegetables with yogurt dip * half bagel with cream cheese * plain popcorn * mini pita stuffed with tuna salad * juice * hard-cooked egg * slice of meat * half salami sandwich

Peanut-Free Lunch Ideas

A nutritious lunch should contain three or four food groups from Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating: Grain Products, Vegetables & Fruit (preferably some of each) and Milk Products and/or Meat & Alternatives. Mix and match the following ideas, remembering to read the labels of pre-packaged foods or ingredients you use in home-prepared foods:

Grain Products: breads bagels rolls/buns English muffins pita bread breadsticks crackers melba toast rice noodle soup

Milk Products: 2%, 1% or skim milk (white or chocolate) yogurt cheese cottage cheese milk pudding

Vegetables & Fruit: fresh fruit canned fruit in juice fruit juices vegetable or tomato juice raw vegetable pieces vegetable-based salads, e.g., tossed salad coleslaw, potato salad leftover cooked vegetables vegetable-based soups, e.g., tomato, broccoli, mixed vegetable fruit salads

Meat & Alternatives: hard-cooked egg leftover chicken leg cold meats, e.g., roast beef, ham, turkey salami, pastrami water-packed tuna or salmon beans or lentils leftover meatloaf

Combination Foods: beef stew pizza homemade chili grain and vegetable salads, e.g., tabouli soups, e.g., chicken noodle, minestrone pasta with sauce macaroni and cheese vegetables with yogurt dip sub/sandwich, e.g., meat and cheese sub chicken salad on light rye bread

Example Peanut-Free Lunch Menu

Monday: egg sandwich on pumpernickel bread, celery sticks, banana, 1% milk

Tuesday: tomato soup, melba toast, cheddar cheese, red & green pepper strips, orange juice

Wednesday: Greek salad, half whole wheat bagel, slice of cantaloupe, 1% milk

Thursday: left over pizza, carrot sticks, chopped mango in vanilla yogurt, apple juice

Friday: tuna salad in a pita, cucumber slices, orange sections, 2% chocolate milk

Tips for Safe, Successful Lunches and Snacks:

Before preparing food, make sure that all cutting boards, food preparation utensils, counter tops and containers are clean. For items that are to be served hot, rinse out a wide mouth thermos with boiling water. Add piping hot food and close tightly. A small freezer pack will help keep cold lunch and snack items safe.

Be kind to the environment - make lunches as litterless as possible. A lunch bag/box and reusable containers and utensils are ideal. Also, a surprise now and then, like a sticker or a special note, will add interest and enjoyment for your child. Have your child involved in planning and preparing snacks and lunches, in order to increase the likelihood of the foods being eaten!

For More Information

This information does not replace any advice given by a physician and does not provide all of the necessary information to deal with peanut allergies. Parents and caregivers need to develop a plan for preventing and treating allergic reactions while the allergic child is in the group setting.

Further information on food allergies can be obtained from: * The Allergy and Asthma Information Association, 30 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite #750, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3E7 Telephone: (905) 712-AAIA (2242) * The Ontario Allergy Society, 2 Demaris Avenue, Downsview, Ontario M3N 1M1 Telephone: (416) 633-2215

Peanut Guide for Snacks/Lunches in Our Classroom

It is important to continue to be vigilant when a child has a peanut allergy. The following is a list of suitable and unsuitable snacks or lunch items.

DO * Kellogg's NutriGrain Cereal Bars * Kellogg's Rice Krispie Squares (original flavour only) * Christie Fig Newtons * Christie Chips Ahoy and Chewy Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies * Christie Barnumm's Animal Crackers * Christie Teddy Grahams * Christie Oreo cookies (large ones only; snack packs may contain peanuts) * Peek Frean's Family Digestives and Fruit Cremes * Betty Crocker Dunkaroos * General Mills Graham Treats, Crispy Graham Squares and Chewy Marshmallow * Nestle Smarties, KitKat, Aero and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars * Kraft Jello pudding snacks * Kraft Magic Moments pudding snacks * Delmonte Rich 'n' Creamy pudding cups * Any Kraft products without an allergy alert including cheese and cracker snack packs * Dad's Oatmeal cookies - all flavours (this is new - please check the labelling because some of the older bags may still have the peanut warning) * Quaker Rice Cakes - all flavours (again, read labels!) * Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

DON'T * any products that do not have a list of ingredients * baked goods from home * any granola or breakfast/cereal bar * Sunkist Fruit snacks * Betty Crocker Soda-licious * Breton Crackers * Any Laura Secord products * All ice cream except Chapman's in the square box * items containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein may contain peanuts

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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[This message has been edited by Alternative to Mainstream (edited October 01, 2002).]

On Aug 16, 2001

I'm simply re-raising this thread for anyone who may like to provide this list (or a variation thereof) to their child's school. This list is sent home to each of the children in my son's "peanut free" classroom.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 22, 2001

I'm re-raising this thread in the hopes that kelly'smom might see it and it might be of some use to her.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 24, 2001

In addition to the 'safe foods list', I also give my phone # and encouraged any parent to call me if they have a question on any particular food. This worked out quite well last year when my daughter was in Kindergarten.

On Sep 24, 2001

I'm simply re-raising this one in the hopes that cuddlebugmom may see it.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Dec 6, 2001

I'm re-raising this one in case wdiznynut would like to look at it and see if it does help with the Christmas party *issue* even if Laken wouldn't be attending. Personally, I'd be ramming the list down the teacher's throat! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Dec 9, 2001

HA HA! Thanks Cindy, I will copy it off for the school...your comment about cramming it down their throat reminded me of my sister. Laken was doing her homework the night she found out about the "no christmas party because of Laken" comment was made and there was a sentence on the paper that said "Peanut butter is very good" and my sister said she should cram the paper down the teachers throat and tell her Laken can't do it because it has *peanut butter* on it.

On Oct 1, 2002

Simply re-raising with some new items Cayley's Mom has added to the list (I had to edit my original post to include her research [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Nov 25, 2002

Simply re-raising as I had to provide it to Jesse's school to-day. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Jan 20, 2003

Simply re-raising in the hopes that it might help annshel. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 5, 2003

Simply re-raising for marina_twinmom. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 4, 2003

re-raising

On Apr 29, 2003

Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 29, 2003

Cayley's Mom very kindly up-dated the original list posted in October month. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Again, this list is Canadian specific.

On the "safe" list of products I can also add Nestle's Mirage chocolate bar and Mr. Christie's Chocolate Creme Oreo cookies.

I must admit that a LOT of the "safe" products listed above, I have never looked at because my kids simply haven't been interested.

Also, in reading through just the general list of what to provide your child to eat (at school), not manufacturer specific, please remember to check all labels of things such as breads, bagels, pitas for "may contain" warnings (even if they may be rare).

Yes, definitely read all of the labels before purchasing anything above that has been designated as "safe". But, since Cayley's Mom did the research in October month, I'm fairly clear that nothing has really changed.

It would be *nice* to get some more safe additions to the list. I'm thinking Chapman's Popsicles right now (but I have to find the specific kind, just bought them this week-end, not the first time either).

Mr. Christie's Triscuits Mr. Christie's Ritz Crackers (regular size) Mr. Christie's Vegetable Thins

Are those all incorporated in the original list above? If not, I'll come back in and do so at a later time.

If anyone would like to place additions in this thread (or the other one running which is exactly the same), I would be pleased to edit my post and credit the person so that we have a comprehensive list all in one post. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 6, 2003

Simply re-raising for Ginger. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 9, 2003

Here are some US specific changes that I've added Safe: Hershey

On Aug 9, 2003

[b]*** always check labels for allergy alerts as manufacturing conditions may change at any time ***[/b]

Other products in the USA that do not have a peanut/nut allergy warning:

Hershey Rolo Hershey Kit Kat Bites (note: all other Hershey Kit Kats are NOT SAFE except the Bites) Hershey Krackel Hershey Chuckles (jelly candy) Nestle After Eight chocolate wafer mints Junior Mints Hershey Milk Duds Hershey's Cadbury Dairy Milk Lifesaver jelly fruit slices Lifesaver jellybeans Nestle Wonka Nerds Nestle Wonka Sweettarts Ce De Candy Smarties Hershey Sixlets Trebor Allan Sour PAtch Kids Trebor Allan Swedish fish Trebor Allan Fuzzy Peach Nestle Coffee Crisp (hard to find in USA) York Peppermint Patties

[b]*** always check labels for allergy alerts as manufacturing conditions may change at any time ***[/b]

[This message has been edited by erik (edited August 10, 2003).]

On Aug 21, 2003

Simply re-raising for ssmd. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 28, 2003

Simply re-raising because I have to up-date and then copy it for Jesse's school later tonight. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Sep 2, 2003

Updating the last part of the list (brand name section) - any others to add?

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Peanut Guide for Snacks/Lunches in Our (Canadian) Classroom

It is important to continue to be vigilant when a child has a peanut allergy. The following is a list of suitable and unsuitable snacks or lunch items. Since the manufacturer may change lines and production procedures, please use this as a guideline but always check the label to make sure the item is still safe.

DO * Kellogg's NutriGrain Cereal Bars * Kellogg's Rice Krispie Squares (original flavour only) * Christie Fig Newtons * Christie Chips Ahoy and Chewy Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies * Christie Barnumm's Animal Crackers * Christie Teddy Grahams * Christie Oreo cookies (large ones only; snack packs may contain peanuts) * Peek Frean's Family Digestives and Fruit Cremes * Betty Crocker Dunkaroos * General Mills Graham Treats, Crispy Graham Squares and Chewy Marshmallow * Nestle Regular Smarties and Sundae Smarties (check label on Seasonal Smarties

On Sep 2, 2003

Hi Cayley's Mom

I added:

Wagon Wheels Viva Puffs

to the Questionable area, since some old stock still has the warning on it.

I added to the safe area:

Touche brand nut-free cakes and cookies Branson's nut free cookies Hot Rods

I recently noticed that they may contain warning is no longer on the Breton's crackers - can we add them to the list? I haven't been able to call yet.

take care

deb

On Sep 2, 2003

Hi Deb

Thanks for the update. My box of Breton's has a may contain warning - it's the big size box we bought at Costco - so maybe it should be in the DON'T section for a little while longer until all the packaging catches up?

Carolyn

On Sep 2, 2003

HI Carolyn

Yes, I have always had Breton's explicitly on my don't list..... I will be interested to see what Dare says, though. I hope it is one thing that has changed for the better!!

deb

On Sep 3, 2003

I have also added Kellogg's Speical K bars to my list (and my daughter loves them!)

take care

deb

On Oct 23, 2003

Simply re-raising with this highlighted:-

The following information was obtained from a document entitled Anaphylaxis, A Resource Document for Schools. It was produced and distributed by Nutrition Services, North York Public Health Department, Telephone #416-395-7669

So, someone felt it was okay for this to be a resource document for schools and it was distributed by a Public Health Department in Ontario.

Last year, Cayley's Mom did add some things to it which she asked me to re-edit my first list to include and certainly new additions could be made.

There is certainly what would be considered by a lot of us (or most of us) a lot of *junk* food on this list, but it is the stuff that manages to find it's way into lunch bags everywhere.

For me, I would have to add the "safe" Viau (?) Wagon Wheels and Marshmallow Cookies (can't remember their name right now) distributed by Dare Canada that hopefully are replacing Jo Louis (by Vachon, unsafe) in lunch boxes this year.

And there are also the new Kellogg's Nutrigrain Granola Minis.

This list certainly could be added to in Canada rather than having products taken off it because they have suddenly become unsafe.

Usual warning - check all labels on products before purchasing and if need be, call the manufacturer.

Jello Pudding Cups also.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 23, 2003

My apologies. I didn't see that Cayley's Mom and Deb O had been working on this list fairly recently. I simply re-raised it to compliment discussion in Main Discussion. Looks like Cayley's Mom can look after editing the Brand Name items now rather than asking me to re-edit the original list. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 29, 2003

raising for michelle

On Nov 8, 2003

Missed reading all the updates!! Glad to see Dunkaroos were on the list. I just bought some for the first time for my children to replace all the bad candy they received from Hallowe'en.

My children were very excited to eat Dunkaroos.

On Jan 15, 2004

Simply re-raising to help April.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 15, 2004

Thank you for your help! I will present the list to the school and suggest to them that it is handed out to the parents. You have all been a wonderful help. God bless you indeed.

On Feb 4, 2004

Simply re-raising for kkeene. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] With the caution that things may have changed since the list was originally posted so please read labels and also that it is Canadian specific.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On May 5, 2004

Is this list still good?

On Jul 31, 2004

As far as I know, this list is still good. It is what we distribute in our school as well. There has to be a warning *Manufacturers may change ingredients or equipment at any time, so always read ingredient labels*!

I included Smarties Bars on my list of unsafe, because so many people know that Smarties are safe. But the BARS aren't!

If anyone knows of anything that has become "unsafe" please let the rest of us know!

On Aug 1, 2004

I am so glad this was raised!!

I spent about an hour last week looking for this thread. We need to add all of the Dare products from the new peanut - free plant...

deb

On Aug 1, 2004

Deb - great to see you post! I just bought some of the Dare Strawbery Creme cookies - with great labelling and the kids love them!!!

DD and DS are off to Zoo Day Camp next week, so I've been searching for things for lunches and snacks! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 2, 2004

I just quickly skimmed through this thread and saw some items of concern.

**I saw Sixlets at the store recently and they now have a "may contain" warning on them.

**When I called Hostess about 3-4 months ago, the lady I spoke with said that they do not label consistently for cross-contamination. She listed some items that are produced in a peanut-free plant, but I didn't feel comfortable with those - you never know when they may change processing procedures and those would no longer be safe (and not have any warning on them). She did read off a list of safe "codes" to look for, but I'm not playing that game.

This information may be under a different thread, but I wanted to update this one in an attempt to keep everyone safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 5, 2004

We have a very simple rule for our school - my son does NOT eat anything that does not come from home. I do not ever leave label reading to anyone else. It has taken a huge amount of time to research what foods are okay versus not okay and that is a task that never finishes.

I make all of his lunches and snacks. And the teacher keeps Hostess Cup Cakes in the closet for birthday parties. I was told by Hostess that they do consistently label when a product is made in a plant with peanuts. Maybe from the post above I will look into this matter again.

My son eats a LOT healthier as the result - we always look at it in a positive manner.

[This message has been edited by JudyDoherty (edited August 05, 2004).]

On Aug 7, 2004

Hi Judy,

That is our rule as well. The safe snack list is for parents of my son's classmates. His classroom (the K-3 wing actually) does not allow peanuts or nuts at all so this is to help them find alternatives to pack for their children.

I should find out about the Hostess cupcakes as well... those would be closer to the cupcakes his classmates bring than safe cookies. I wonder if ds would like them!

On Aug 21, 2004

Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 26, 2004

Some recent updates to this list (US Only):

I checked a box of Twinkies in May & they had a peanut allergy warning on them.

I have called Entemanns & they cannot guarantee the safety of ANY of their products.

Girl Scout Cookies are made by several different companies. Most GS cookies are not safe, but the Thin Mints produced for the NYC girl scouts are. Do some research if you are interested in buying them.

I have given my daughter Chips Ahoy with no problems & the co., said they were ok. I would be interested in hearing they are not.

Elle

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Originally posted by Driving Me Nutty: [b]Here are some US specific changes that I've added Safe:

Hostess

On Aug 26, 2004

Elle, I just called Nabisco today, and was told that Chips Ahoy were safe, that if there was any chance of any allergen they would be labeled as such. My son has eaten them for years and we've never has a problem.

Re: Entenmanns, I posted about the phone calls I made to them recently in the manufacturers thread - they have added nut warnings to almost all of their packaging, and I was told by their rep they were not safe.

On Aug 26, 2004

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Originally posted by mcmom: [b]Re: Entenmanns, I posted about the phone calls I made to them recently in the manufacturers thread - they have added nut warnings to almost all of their packaging, and I was told by their rep they were not safe.[/b]

I do eat some Entenmanns products as I am only allergic to peanuts (not tree nuts), and some of their products only have 'may contain' warnings for tree nuts [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 26, 2004

The Kellogg's Nutrigrain Granola Mini Bites will no longer be safe in September. They are adding almond flour!

On Aug 26, 2004

erik, thanks for pointing that out. Yes, the warnings are (as far as I have seen) tree nut related. You're lucky you can still eat them! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My ds will be missing the cookies (I will too!).

After I called Entenmanns last week, I sent them an email telling them how disappointed I was that I could no longer buy their products for my family. One of their reps called me and left me a message this afternoon saying she wanted to talk to me re my email. I'll be interested to see what she has to say when I call her back.

On Sep 2, 2004

I am just making up my new list for the school (one for peanuts/nuts only, one for peanuts/nuts and egg). I am heading out at lunch to check the local stores and will post my updated list when I get back (Canada Specific).

take care

deb

On Sep 2, 2004

Thanks Ded that will be great. As I am in Canada alot with my son.

I will work on a USA one the same way Peanut free & peanut & Egg Free

& I will post my findings as well I will be calling all manufacturers, so please give me a bit to get a responce.

Kathy

On Sep 2, 2004

Does anyone know for sure about the Dad's cookies (Canada specific)? I have this on our safe list, but have never bought them. The public health nurse told me today that there is a peanut warning on the package. Can anyone clarify?

Thanks.

On Sep 3, 2004

Hi

I believe only the Dad's oatmeal chocolate chip are safe - nothing else.

So here is my "list" - add any corrections you feel are needed!

deb

[b]NOTE this list is CANADA specific[/b]

[b]Safe, Peanut and Tree Nut Free Snack Suggestions NOTES - Nutrigrain large bars are safe, but the nutri-grain mini bites Chocolatey Chip and mixed berry flavours will contain almond flour as of September 2, 2004

- Tim Horton

On Sep 3, 2004

I have been preparing a list to have at home for my daughter. The list that our school sent home for everybody only has a few items on it. I know at the very beginning I said it was unreasonable to ask parents of nonPA children to check all lables, but ironically, now that I am aware, I do just that [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

But..... knowing how confusing some lables are to you, imagine how they can be to us.

I bought a package of snack bags of cheezits. I see that the allergy warning specifies Milk & Wheat, but in the ingredients I see soybean and/or cottonseed oil. safe or unsafe?

Lisa

On Sep 3, 2004

HI Lisa

Soy and peanut are related legumes and avoiding soy or not is a comfort issue. In our case, my daughter has never experienced any problems with soy and it is not something that we avoid. Other families may choose to avoid soy even though there is no history of an allergic reaction "just in case".

In my personal opinion, the risk of another child who is allergic to peanuts only having a reaction because your non-allergic child is eating something with soybean oil in it would not be an issue for me. Of course, this would change if the other child were actually allergic to soy.

Good luck with the labels - you do get pretty good at it after a while!

take care

deb

On Sep 3, 2004

Deb O., thank-you SO much! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I can now use your list to provide it to the kids' new school. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into this both years, Deb.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 4, 2004

Deb O., I wanted to thank you again. The kids' new school had asked for an "unsafe" snack list which I find impossible to do. Your up-dating of this list has made it so that I just have to copy it and e-mail it to the principal over this week-end. I really appreciate it.

The entire document itself I find quite helpful and always wish the school would send the whole thing home, but also recognize that parents (all of us) are overwhelmed with paperwork at the beginning of the school year. It's just that it is such a comprehensive piece of work and also because of the lunch tips it does give people (I don't think my children would know what to do if I packed them something different each day). I would LOVE to pack the different lunch ideas that this list has.

At any rate, thank-you again because I do have to get this e-mailed over this week-end and I really appreciate the time and effort you put into it, both last year and this.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 4, 2004

Nestle Rolo is also safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 4, 2004

I would add brackets beside Nestle Smarties that (Nestle Smarties Bars are not safe).

Great list, thank you!

On Sep 4, 2004

I am also curious about whether anyone knows about Skittles and Starbursts? My son has eaten these safely for years, but I won't put them on the safe list if their safety is questionable. Has anyone phoned? (If not, I may do just that next week!)

On Sep 4, 2004

I found an answer to my own question at [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000221.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000221.html[/url]

I hope I linked that correctly!

On Sep 4, 2004

Quote:

Originally posted by smartalyk: [b]I would add brackets beside Nestle Smarties that (Nestle Smarties Bars are not safe).[/b]

If this is done, another note to add would be that "Kit Kat Chunky [b]Caramel[/b]" is not safe.

And also that Nestle Smarties "seasonal products" (ie: Easter eggs, Xmas tree shakers) are usually not safe as well

On Sep 5, 2004

Thanks for the comments. To be honest, this is the first year I added even any candy to the list and decided it would be too much effort to go through it all - the only time candy is really sent to my school is around halloween anyways!

I started to look at my cadbury/allen list, with the seasonal products that are safe and just didn't want to make the effort to add them! But, of course, there are many other candy items missing from my list like the skittles and starburst. Maybe next year I will add more of them.....

take care and thanks for reviewing the list!

deb

BTW - I have noticed that Chips Ahoy cookies, which used to have a warning here in Canada no longer do. Does anyone know if Christie has started to make them in the Toronto plant? I hate phoning them because I will just get the standard "if there is a risk it will be labelled" junk!

thanks

deb

On Sep 5, 2004

Hi Deb,

Thanks so much for the list! The only reason I asked about Skittles and Starburst is because they are my son's favourites [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] His teacher already specifically asked me about a list of candies and such to send in a newesletter for Halloween!

On Sep 7, 2004

Deb O., just copied this to take to my meeting tomorrow (if my horrid toothache subsides and I'm able to do a presentation at all [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ).

The one thing I know I have to research are the Lunchables and LunchMates, quite popular little items, some "safe", some not.

I'll see if I can get to it and add it to the list.

Many thanks again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 7, 2004

HI Cindy

Thanks for mentioning them. Just checked on the web and lunchmates are by Schneiders (which has merged with maple leaf) and now have either a kitkat or an aero bar in them and some have sweet tarts. The only drinks are chubby's, which are just pop except for the hot dogs which have a Hershey chocolate shake which I don't know if that is safe or not. So it looks like most of the lunch mates would be safe.

Here is what Schneider's says about food allergies:

Do you have nut-free products? We are pleased to say that most Schneiders' production facilities are nut free. If present, nuts of any kind are clearly labelled on the package.

Products made in facilities which are not nut-free carry a warning that trace amounts might be found. The warning appears in the ingredient list as, "traces of nuts may be present."

Lunchables, on the other hand, are by Oscar Meyer (kraft) and have wonderful things like butterfinger chocolate bars in them.....

take care

deb

Edited to remove the junk I didn't realize I had copied!!

[This message has been edited by DebO (edited September 07, 2004).]

On Sep 8, 2004

I have finished my list which I plan on giving to Jessica's teacher tomorrow. School starts next week. (Be sure to read all the labels/contact the manufacturers yourselves)

THIS IS US SPECIFIC

Safe Snacks (Please be aware that the food brands mentioned are safe as of this writing. Because companies may change ingredients or packaging/ processing methods, all food must be in original packaging so I can verify ingredients have not changed.)

Fruits/Veggies/Cheese/ raisons Cheese sticks (e.g. String Cheese)

Frio-Lay (chips, pretzels, etc.) Herrs Brand (chips, pretzels, etc.) Utz Brand (chips, pretzels, etc.)

Tootsie Roll/Charms candies Just Born candies (makes Marshmallow Peeps) Hershey

On Sep 8, 2004

Deb O., wow, I didn't expect you to check out the Lunchmates and Lunchables. Is it that obvious how disorganized I am?

I know that last year I saw a container for one of them in the recycle bin in Jesse's classroom and it was the one with the Butterfinger bar in it. I looked at Jesse's teacher and I asked if that had been eaten in the classroom. Of course, she couldn't answer me (well, she could), but she said that she couldn't be 100% sure that the Butterfinger had been brought into the peanut free classroom.

The rare occasions where I have purchased them (obviously the safe ones), I haven't taken anything out of the kit. Isn't that one of the reasons people buy them? You just throw them in your child's lunch box with such ease (with no regard to nutrition?).

Now, I haven't checked out the lunchroom at the new school yet, so I'm not sure how popular they are here, but I know they were terribly popular last year and seemed to be even more so on field trips.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 23, 2004

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On Oct 6, 2004

Are Cheeze Its and Cheese Nips unsafe? I've never seen an allergy warning or nuts in the ingredients. I've been buying them for my pa 2 yr old. Have you called the manufacturer? Thanks!

On Oct 7, 2004

Julie - my pa daughter eats Cheez-It's all the time (regular and lowfat). Not a problem with ingredients there. However, the Cheese Nips are a different story. Nabisco just came out with "100 Calorie Packs". There are 3 or 4 different varieties - Chips Ahoy, Oreo, which are fine. But the 100-calorie packs Cheese Nips lists peanut oil as the last ingredient. Another post here said the lowfat Cheese Nips (which are NOT the same product as the "100 Calorie Packs") also contains peanut oil. I'm going shopping tomorrow, so I'll check if Cheeze Nips has a low-fat version and what the ingredients are. I'd just stick with Cheez-It's.

On Nov 13, 2004

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On Dec 14, 2004

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On Dec 17, 2004

I am new to this site and noticed your list. I just wanted to thank you for it. I noticed one thing i wanted to make a comment about, I noticed you safe snacks as a bagel and cream cheese. I was wondering, I used to work for cream cheese manufacting plant and know their flavor cream cheese and some plain,ie soft straw, pineapple, and Honey Nut. I know that they do produce these on the same production line could this be a case where there could be contamination. I am not sure if they put warning lables on these products or not. Just thought it might be something good to mention

On Dec 28, 2004

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On Mar 14, 2005

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On Apr 10, 2005

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On Apr 27, 2005

raising for seanmn

On May 27, 2005

Only replying to the skittles question.

Here in Canada, they are safe as well as Starburst. My kids love them and I have to say, they are pretty good.

Jenna

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On Jun 3, 2005

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On Aug 7, 2005

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On Sep 9, 2005

Simply re-raising with a method to my madness.

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On Sep 23, 2005

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On Oct 29, 2005

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On Nov 19, 2005

Linking:-

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006884.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006884.html[/url]

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------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Dec 9, 2005

Is there an updated list for this? (US specific)

On Dec 9, 2005

Looks like the last American up-date was by ElleMo in September 2004.

When does the new labeling law start to be adhered to in America? January?

I would almost wait, if I was American, to see if anything changed come January 1st - very clearly changed, as far as labeling and then, I would go through the list and see what things I felt the need to check on and up-date it then.

Otherwise, if you were going to use it for anyone other than yourself, you might end up handing out one list now and another one in a month which would be extremely confusing.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Dec 20, 2005

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On Feb 5, 2006

Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

With a caution that this list has not been up-dated (American wise) since the new labeling law took effect January 1, 2006.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On May 1, 2006

Simply re-raising for Codyman. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Also, a thought - but the new PA safe varieties of the Quaker Chewy Bars *should* go on the list.

I have too much paperwork and too many appointments this week to do it - but will try to get to it.

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------------------ If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

On Jul 22, 2006

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------------------ If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

On Jul 24, 2006

WOW, I didnt know Kit Kat's were not safe..my pn/tn dd enjoys them. Guess I will have to take them off her menu.

------------------ Helen Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6) Mom to Theodore (age 3)

On Aug 14, 2006

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------------------ If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

On Aug 14, 2006

I'll be heading out to the stores the next few days and will have an updated Canadian list for the new school year soon.

deb

On Aug 19, 2006

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------------------ If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

On Sep 3, 2006

Does anyone have an updated Canadian list for the schools?

I do know that Quaker granola bars peanut free varieties should be added. Also, Mars bar in Canada is now safe. Is there anything that should be removed?

Thanks in advance!!

On Feb 6, 2007

Simply re-raising to compliment the thread under Main Discussion.

Hope it helps. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 24, 2007

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On Aug 24, 2007

URGENT SAFETY REMINDER AGAIN!!

(For us, for newbies, for anybody who might access these lists)

When you are making your own list of "acceptable" items (for yourself, or school, or whomever) PLEASE be sure you are straight & clear on US vs. Canadian items, since some items are safe from Canada, but NOT safe from US source.

Also, please consider that you should ALWAYS CONFIRM SAFETY with label reading and/or manufacturer contact.

------------------ ~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth, Mother to 2: DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes? (PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999) Member here since 2000

On Aug 29, 2007

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On Sep 8, 2007

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------------------ There but for the Grace of God, go I.

On Sep 10, 2007

Quote:

I checked a box of Twinkies in May & they had a peanut allergy warning on them.

Hostess has many bakeries around the US. The facility in St. Louis, MO does not bake with any peanuts or peanut products. Hostess in St. Louis is within our comfort zone (although he

On Sep 10, 2007

I have a 'safe-list' US-specific, if anyone wants a copy, request with your email. I update it yearly, as well as a candy list. I include Nabisco on the list, but my DD doesn't eat Nabisco (the safe list is for items other children can safely bring in for their own consumption).

Let me know if you want it. I don't think I can post it here and keep the ease of the format.

On Sep 10, 2007

PinkPoodle - I would appreciate a copy of your safe list - my email address is [email]diginthedirt17@yahoo.com[/email].

Thanks so much!

------------------ Meg

4.5 DD allergic to peanuts/all tree nuts 1.5 DS allergic to milk/soy

On Sep 11, 2007

Yes, please e-mail this to me as well! I am so happy this thread was bumped up. I am currently trying to put together as much material as possible for my child's school, and this would be a great addition.

[email]janbiv2@optonline.net[/email]

Thanks!!

On Sep 11, 2007

Oh, and thank you to "Alternative to Mainstream" for bumping this thread up!!!

Janis

On Sep 11, 2007

I would love a copy of your list as well.

Thanks!

[This message has been edited by PennMom (edited September 11, 2007).]

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