Testing food?

Posted on: Fri, 10/31/2003 - 8:09am
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Hi this is my second try at this hopefully this post will work. I cooked some Banquet frozen meals for my boys today and on the brownies it looked like nuts were on top ( and I thought it tasted like nuts also)but on the package it only listed wheat, soy milk and eggs. So I called and they said that there was no nuts but if I didn't feel comfortable giving it to my son then I shouldn't. My question is, is there somewhere I can sent it to have it tested? And has this ever happened to anyone else? thanks for any answers you might have. Donna

Posted on: Fri, 10/31/2003 - 10:09am
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If you are in the US, you can call the FDA and they will tell you what to do - I did it once for ice cream. Also, there is a lab affiliated with a university that does testing. FAAN can tell you how to contact them; I heard about it at a FAAN conference. I believe it is in North Dakota.
Good luck!
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 6:57am
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donnag, were you ever successful in finding where to send food to have it tested?
Thanks much!

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 7:14am
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I think this is something that is SO important. I know that here in Canada, one can send food to The Canadian Food Inspection Agency to have it tested.
I know when my son had his cross contamination two hive only reaction, I didn't even think about saving the food to have it tested. I just wanted it out of my house asap.
But after I received assurances from the company that the food was "safe", it really left me wondering.
I also think it's important, not only to perhaps resolve/clarify *mystery* reactions but also because it may bring to our attention companies that aren't labeling properly even though they say they are.
I know I asked here where one would send food if in Canada because should a reaction occur again like the one my son did have, I would like the food tested.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 8:00am
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I never had it tested but I had several friends look at it too ,and they also thought it looked like nuts. After thinking about it for a while I thought it might have been the chicken flakes on it.
I do remembering reading a post about where you could send food to have it tested in the US, however I am not clever enough to find it?? Sorry, Donna

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 8:23am
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You can send it to:
LARRP LAB
University of Nebraska
143 Food Industry Bldg.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0919
Lab phobe n. 402-472-4484

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 9:13am
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Daniela, I'm Canadian, so it doesn't make any difference to me (I'd have to deal with CFIA), but I was wondering if you knew if it cost anything to have food tested to the lab you posted about. Also, do you just phone them and say, hey, I have this food I would like tested and include a letter with the food?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 9:13am
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Chicken flakes????
Allergies or not, this does not sound like something I want my kids to eat!

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 10:09am
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Yes, you include a letter and your contact info and as far as I know it is free if you are a Food Allergy Network member otherwise it is pretty spendy..... (hundreds of dollars depending upon the allergens you want them to test for you).

Posted on: Mon, 05/30/2005 - 2:23pm
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Just checking with fellow Canadians - is the CFIA where I send food to be tested? Should I call or e-mail them first?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/31/2005 - 1:21am
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Cindy: I noticed in another thread that you sent CFIA an e-mail.
Could you post their e-mail address?
Do you have their address as well?
If so, could you post it?

Posted on: Tue, 05/31/2005 - 3:49am
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Codyman, I just Googled CFIA this morning.
Their website address is:-
[url="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml"]http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml[/url]
Then, through there, they have a "contact us" button (if you will) and I clicked on that to send the two e-mails I sent to-day.
I just checked the site quickly now and can't find an address, but it's probably there. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/31/2005 - 3:58am
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Thanks!
I thought for future reference, it would be good to have either the e-mail address or mailing address in this thread!

Posted on: Tue, 05/31/2005 - 4:03am
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Codyman, definitely! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I had sent them two e-mails this morning - one about the labeling of "vegetable oil" (re the sheanut oil concern in Coffee Crisp) and one about sending a Boca Burger in for testing.
So, if I can send the burger in for testing, I imagine they'll provide me with the address then.
And I'll also get a *proper* e-mail address back for them when they write back to me, aside from the "contact us" button.
It was only through this site, and river and katiee, that I learned that you could even send food to be tested and where to send it. I think it's important to know.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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