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I am traveling to France this summer with a group of students. I am severely peanut allergic. The last time I was in France I had problems. I carried a card, in French, describing my allergy and everyone was very accomodating. However, I still got sick a couple of times, once quite seriously. Cross-contamination in the kitchen. Peanut oil seems to be used EVERYWHERE now. It is very disappointing. Has anyone traveled in France and had success? Do you know of any resturants in Paris that do not use any peanut oil? Anyone living in France that has any help to give me? I am VERY nervous about how I will eat while I am in France. It's a shame -- France is known for its wonderful cuisine, yet it seems to be riddled with peanut oil these days.

On Feb 24, 2002

Were any of your reactions to Lupine? This is allowed to be in french pasta products wothout labeling and is extremely cross reactive to PA individuals.

On Feb 24, 2002

I'm not sure what lupine is... I know that they would be a drop or two of peanut oil in the water that they boiled the pasta in. Salad dressings often had peanut oil, and fries were always cooked in peanut oil. Meat was often grilled with peanut oil. It was very difficult to eat!

On Feb 28, 2002

Marcia, I just happened upon this forum when I was looking for information about travelling to France with our 15 year old. I saw your message, and posted, or at least thought I did, a message in response. Actually, I'm hoping you can help me, since we haven't yet taken this trip, but I will be happy to share what we learn after we return. I put my full message under the "Introduce yourself" section, instead of the "reply" one, so you probably didn't know it was there. The fact that they use so much peanut in France is a bit of a shock, my anxiety about this trip has just shot way up. I'm looking forward to whatever info you can give me. Thanks

On Feb 28, 2002

Marcia, I'm trying this for the third time. I happened upon the forum when looking for info about travelling to France with our 15 year old peanut allergic son. I'm in shock. I had no idea peanut products were used so much in France. I posted one message successfully, but under the "Introduce Yourself" spot, rather than as a reply to your message. I don't see the message I posted under "reply", don't know what I did wrong. My anxiety level about this trip has gone sky high. If you wouldn't mind reading my full message and responding, I'd be grateful. I'll be happy to share what we find out if we make it through this trip. Thanks. Sharon

On Feb 28, 2002

I posted an answer to a similar question on this forum a while back. If you go back a while, you will see it is in answer to eating in Germany and France and is fairly long.

The information in that post could be helpful.

I avoid desserts like crazy as I am PA/TNA.

I am always happy to see a McDonald's, even though I avoid them here.

Anyway, do look up the previous post, and if you have any questions, you can e-mail me at [email]WoozerMom@aol.com[/email].

I have never had problems in France, and I have been there several times. I do take along tons of medications, epipens, etc., just in case, and I also take translations to explain my allergies. I also take little dictionaries so I can look up words I don't understand.

Fortunately, with the European Economic Community, most store bought foods are labeled in French, German, and English. I usually try to eat one picnic type meal a day -- fruit, sausage, cheese, etc., so I shop in the stores a lot.

I had a wonderful time every time I went and I hope you do, too. We took teenagers our first trip, as well as a nine year old, and it changed their lives forever.

WoozerMom

On Feb 28, 2002

I posted an answer to a similar question on this forum a while back. If you go back a while, you will see it is in answer to eating in Germany and France and is fairly long.

The information in that post could be helpful.

I avoid desserts like crazy as I am PA/TNA.

I am always happy to see a McDonald's, even though I avoid them here.

Anyway, do look up the previous post, and if you have any questions, you can e-mail me at [email]WoozerMom@aol.com[/email].

I have never had problems in France, and I have been there several times. I do take along tons of medications, epipens, etc., just in case, and I also take translations to explain my allergies. I also take little dictionaries so I can look up words I don't understand.

Fortunately, with the European Economic Community, most store bought foods are labeled in French, German, and English. I usually try to eat one picnic type meal a day -- fruit, sausage, cheese, etc., so I shop in the stores a lot.

I had a wonderful time every time I went and I hope you do, too. We took teenagers our first trip, as well as a nine year old, and it changed their lives forever.

WoozerMom

On Feb 28, 2002

Marcia, I sent you an email since I couldn't seem to successfully post a reply to your initial message. I'll give this another try. I've since found information about the connection between lupine and peanut allergy. Look up [url="http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy."]www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.[/url] Sharon

On Feb 28, 2002

Thanks so much to WoozerMom for the reassurance. I guess it just takes a while for one's message to show up on the board. I'm still anxious to hear more from Marcia about her experience so that we might do all we can to minimize the risks. I'm glad I came downstairs to check the message board one more time 'just in case'.

On Mar 16, 2002

hello! we are going to france twice this year. william age 6 is the allergic child in our family. we take the cards that explain the allergy and we have used them a couple of times. but have to admit that we buy and cook most of our food, and brought over a couple of williams favourite foods. do remember double check every thing , esp foods that are safe at home. we made the mistake of not checking a packet of his favourite crackers. i handed him one , caught sight of the very small warning and grabbed it out of his hand. william has never had a reaction to the bread and have to admit that the most thing he eats is french bread and thick butter. (being egg allergic rules out so many foods, I find the egg one harder to avoid than the nuts) the restaurants we tried were mainly those that served pizza's and chips ( i know a little sad !) but Pizza is considered a low risk food, but we always checked before and seem to have struck lucky with all the restaurant staff. we are going to disney , paris in a couple of weeks and hope to spend one day in the city , and I suspect that we will find things more of a problem there , as we do at home.! good luck sarah

On Jul 2, 2003

We are taking our 7 yr. old PA, milk, egg, beef, etc.(!) child w/us to S. France. Anyone have any recent info to share? are breads safe? He can't eat much but am hoping that I can trust restaur. to saute a chicken breast. Are people still finding peanut oil everywhere? Thanks!

On Jul 24, 2003

Citymom, perhaps you have already left for France... But I returned from France on the 12th. I ALWAYS ask in EVERY restaurant about "huile d'arachide." 80% of the time it is used. However, I did not have any problems. You need to assume that peanut oil is used in ALL salad dressings (in a restaurant). Ask for salads "sans sauce" (without dressing) and add your own olive oil. Every restaurant, that I visited at least, had olive oil to bring to me, with vinegar.

Beware of McDonald's. I have found that about 60% of the McDonald's (in France) use peanut oil for their fries.

Also, avoid any fried foods, such as chicken. Assume that peanut oil is the preferred oil, it usually is.

I carry 4 epi-pens with me, ask at EVERY restaurant, and have had no problems.

Bonne chance!

On May 13, 2005

Help! I'm taking a trip to France - not for another year - but I am very involved in the trip (teaching on a river barge in Burgundy) and need to know more about the foods to make sure I can do this. I've been to France but it was pre-PA so now I'm feeling very nervous.

Recently I read a posting here by a member who lives in France...now I can't find the thread. I'd love to hear from her, or anyone else who travels in France. Worse case scenario, I eat cheese, apples, baguettes & wine, BUT now that lupine flour is in everything in France, are the baguettes safe? We'll have our own chef on the barge but will spend another few weeks in Provence travelling with friends. Thanks in advance....

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