Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 3:09am
jimmysgirl's picture
Joined: 11/10/2003 - 09:00

Hi Guys!im from the UK and have noticed that a lot of people are having problems finding foods to suit their allergies.I have a PA and tna and have found the best supermarket ever.To those of you in the UK contact Sainsburys who offer a nut free list!This list is a massive book that you can take shopping with you and its full of amazing foods such as ice cream, snacks and dips, mayonaise, and full healthy meals.I used to shop at ASDA and found that they never updated their list and were not very helpful but the second sainsburys change an ingredient the labelling changes too.

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 4:06am
KateB's picture
Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

I live in Canada, but whenever we visit our UK family we only shop at Sainsbury's and occasionally Marks and Spencer's. I agree, they are exceptionaly good at their labelling in comparison to other UK grocery stores.
[This message has been edited by KateB (edited February 19, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 6:53pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I agree sainsbury's are good at allergy labeling.
However , most supermarkets do provide free listings , but as you still HAVE to check the label on the product before you buy, so I dont bother with them.
They were handy when I was new to a particular allergy but cross ref listings for more than 3 allergies etc is dificult!
They are more useful at easter/christmas etc rather than weekly shop.
Any way , the books pretty huge these days, its difficult lugging it around while pushing a trolley and watching four kids!
Supermarkets in the UK seem to have grasped the fact that food intolernent people need for instance gluten free foods, and also provide food for diabetic's.
But have lumped IgE allergic people with them!
I cant buy anything from these sections as they all have nut trace warningns!
Again I find sainsburys more than frustrating because they were the first supermarket to bring out the 'blue parrot' range of organic 'junk ' food for children.
Most of these products are unsafe for my allergic child.
Everything that would appeal to my child, that I would like to buy as a treat from this range is unsafe.
Now other supermarkets have followed suit, and their food ranges are equally useless.
But , then again, what seems to be promoted as healthy for kids, as in organic and colour free etc, is not always what it seems.
Foods high in fat and salt and sugar.
Supermarkets have good labels here, but its understanding the small print thats the problem!
I stopped going to sainsburys when I discovered that they change their prices according to the area in which they had a supermarket.
As I live in whats a wealthy area, the prices are higher.
As I have four kids, one income, big mortgage I ignore the four supermarkets in my town and travel to ASDA.
There labels are good, and is a reasonable price.
I have to balance a budget and the requirements of my family, the allergens I must avoid buying, the low salt ,low fat diet that hubby must follow, high fat food for underweight child, low fat for other three with tendancy to become overweight!
I have spent ages looking for a combined low fat, low salt spread for hubby, they dont exsist!)
I have spent time contacting most of the supermarkets over the years, and found that ASDA is as good as everyone else.
Labeling in this country is good, still could be improved, but this is going to take some work with package manufactuers to get clearer labeling!
I met the mother of a milk allergic child, (milk being one of the worst allergies I used to think as milk is in everything/)
But found myself jealous when I discovered that this mother could go to a health food shop and BUY something her child could eat!!!
Such luxury!
oh, sorry to have waffled on!

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 7:20pm
jimmysgirl's picture
Joined: 11/10/2003 - 09:00

Oh ..that sounds really difficult to do a weekly shop in your house!!it must be really stressful.In our house there is only me and my partner and he can eat anything!!!lucky devil.I tend to stick to basics when I cook a meal such as shepherds pie, bacon sandwiches, pasta and salad and I just rotate this around in the week.That way you stick with what you know.I carry an epipen with me but I am only a level 1 on pa/tna and I have my first allergy appointment next week.Its weird cause as a child I would eat ice cream with chopped nuts on on just spit the nuts out and not have any reaction.touch wood I never will.
Another place UK allergy people will find helpful is Boots as they also provide a nut free list on their products including make up.NO.7 make up is safe to use.Hope this helps!

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 12:02am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

is their make up seed and nut free?
my mum seems to be reacting to make up, even clinque ( which she spend over

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 12:12am
jimmysgirl's picture
Joined: 11/10/2003 - 09:00

well iwas advised by clinique that they cannot guarantee their products are nut free which i think is crap considering they claim to be allergy tested.But Boots did say that you are welcome to contact themanytime regarding any queries.i dont use lipstick but blusher and foundation etc is fine with me!I also use nivea soft moisteriser and thats nut free although some nivea has nut listings.hope this helps!

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 12:24am
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

I've found that I seem to be reacting to Clinique moisturiser lately, it makes me really itchy. Very annoying given the price and, as jimmysgirl said, given the fact that they are allergy tested.
I've switched back to simple, or more recently, E45 (which is definitely NOT recommended for anyone with naturally oily skin!!).

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