Scholastic makes PB scented highlighter!

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2004 - 11:30pm
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FYI everyone.. Scholastic books make a peanut butter scented highlighter. Our schools have just begun having these book fairs and we have discovered them. One of the kids in our support group broke out in hives after sitting next to a child using this highlighter! Our schools are banning the highlighters. It may help to contact Scholastic and let them know why these things are such a BAD idea!!

Lisa

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2004 - 11:39pm
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[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] You know... I am not PA nor are any of my kids, but I still cant imagine [i]wanting[/i] a highlighter that smelled like peanut butter, that just [i]sounds[/i] gross.
What ever happened to strawberry, chocolate, lemon or other sweet smells?
Oh oh.. heres another one scholastic, how about one that smells like a Cheeseburger? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 09/24/2004 - 12:35am
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Scholastic products can be reached at this number 407-829-7300 . I think the person's name is Jane Ashley.
cindy
[This message has been edited by b and c (edited September 24, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 09/24/2004 - 7:07am
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Can you post a link for the pb highlighter info. I tried a search on their website and didn't see it.
Thanks.
What will they come up with next? PB scent spray for your car? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 5:34am
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I dont' have a link.. a mom in our support group saw them at a book fair... my friend emailed scholastic. I'll let you know when we get a response.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 11:14am
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I was thinking about this more. Is Scholastic trying to get kids to sniff their highlighters?
Didn't some kids used to do this not that long ago with permanent markers? Sniffing them to get high and didn't a couple actually die from this?
What exactly are they promoting about the highlighter? That it's cool or that kids should feel free to sniff away? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Just something you might want to ask them. I cannot imagine that they want their company name promoting things kids should sniff. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 3:31am
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I am the buyer for school supplies that are sold through Scholastic Book Fairs. Someone that viewed this site called me and notified me of this topic.
I can assure you that this marker was created with absolutely no peanut product. The item is called LUNCHBOX SCENTS HIGHLIGHTER with "peanut butter, jelly & apple" scents. This formula was developed with the understanding that there would be children as customers who may have allergies to peanuts. It actually smells more like butterscotch.
I have documentation from the manufacturer's chemist available to any school that would like it available for concerned parents.

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 6:08am
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Thank you for the information. I would like to know what the actual ingredients are in the highlighter. I have called scholastic myself and have not received any response from them. Another parent in our support group has also emailed them but has not received a response. It would be nice to have scholastic respond to our concerns so we don't have to panic about these items.

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 6:21am
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Quote:Originally posted by jashley:
[b]I am the buyer for school supplies that are sold through Scholastic Book Fairs. Someone that viewed this site called me and notified me of this topic.
I can assure you that this marker was created with absolutely no peanut product. The item is called LUNCHBOX SCENTS HIGHLIGHTER with "peanut butter, jelly & apple" scents. This formula was developed with the understanding that there would be children as customers who may have allergies to peanuts. It actually smells more like butterscotch.
I have documentation from the manufacturer's chemist available to any school that would like it available for concerned parents.[/b]
I can understand the scents. I am not too sure people who do not live with this allergy can understand that a peanut allergic person will not [b]enjoy[/b] the smell of peanuts even if that smell is artificial.
To my son that smell is fear, ambulance, emergency room and enough medications to make him sick for a week, and that is IF the smell does not kill him.
I do understand an artificial smell will do no harm but why choose something reminiscent of something so dangerous to replicate?
Peggy

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 8:20am
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I think enjoying the smell is a totally different issue, though. I would definitely say that Scholastic should not make highlighters that contain a product that could potentially kill 2% (that's about the right number, correct?) of the children who use their products. However, I wouldn't say they are obligated to avoid making a product with a smell that 2% of all children will not enjoy. From an ethical standpoint, there is definitely a difference between not liking something and potentially being killed by it. But if they here from enough people who dislike the smell of PB for whatever reason, they might change the product, so it would still be worth writing.

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 11:07pm
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I heard from a woman today from scholastic who had no idea what I was talking about. In fact she was really surprised that scholastic made a pb/j scented highlighter. I told her I had no idea what the ingredients were and we just wanted to know if there was any chance that this could harm a child in any way. She told me this was her top priority today to find out exactly what was in this highlighter.
Peggy, you made an excellent point! Regardless of the actual ingredients, just seeing this highlighter will cause fear and anxiety in our kids. I am not one to over react and we have a comfort zone different from a lot of people on this board, but I know my daughter will become anxious if she even sees this highlighter. It won't matter if I tell her it doesn't contain pb, she will still be nervous about it. I plan on discussing this with the woman from scholastic when she calls me back. I think they should just remove this highlighter all together. All it will do is scare people unnecessarily.

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