Urgent! USA specific labelling

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My almost 19 year old is going on a trip down to the USA (from Canada), travelling through Washington State and Oregon.

He plans on taking most of his food with him for the four days he'll be there, but we're not sure what will get through at the border - we know no meat or citrus will get through, so won't send that.

Looking through previous posts, many of you say that you trust the big name brands. WHICH name brands specifically, please, just in case he has to buy something, which I think is likely.

He leaves on Friday morning, so I've left this late - I was hoping he would change his mind [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Aug 31, 2005

I live in Pennsylvania and am rediculously careful with what I feed my PA child. I've made numerous calls to manufacturers.

Kraft is one of the best labelers and very diligent when it comes to identifying ingredients and cross contamination. If you check out their website you will see they own many brands from Nabisco to Oscar Mayer, etc. and every brand is handled in the same safe manner. We use their products as much as possible and have never had any issues whatsoever.

I also trust General Mills, Kellogg's, Betty Crocker, Frito Lay, Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's, Philly Swirl (frozen treats), Oreida, Tyson, Weaver, Banquet. Hershey's chocolate has super labeling and are very careful as well. I use McCormicks for spices and gravies all the time as well.

Hopefully that will help you...I'm sure others will have others for you as well. Labelling has gotton SOOOO much better in the past year in the US.

On Aug 31, 2005

Thanks, Dgood [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

That give him something to go on. He is very careful, and should be OK with milk and fruit, but plans on taking most other things with him. My worry is that they won't find a motel with a microwave or fridge (he's taking frozen dinners), and isn't comfortable eating out.

I think I'll send a little one burner gas stove with him and one saucepan, in case they end up sleeping in the car and roughing it for food.

On Aug 31, 2005

Kate, If your son gets in a pinch, Burger King is safe for PA according to their web site (I eat there when there's nothing else.)

Tell your son to make sure to read the labels on Hersheys products. Regular size milk chocolate or special dark chocolate bars are ok but the larger ones are 'may contain'.

Kashi Go-Lean cereal is ok and is good with yogurt and fruit.

Hope he has a great time!

On Aug 31, 2005

McDonalds, Burger King and Jack-In-Box do not serve peanut products nor do they use peanut oil. FYI

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Originally posted by KateB: [b]My almost 19 year old is going on a trip down to the USA (from Canada), travelling through Washington State and Oregon.

He plans on taking most of his food with him for the four days he'll be there, but we're not sure what will get through at the border - we know no meat or citrus will get through, so won't send that.

Looking through previous posts, many of you say that you trust the big name brands. WHICH name brands specifically, please, just in case he has to buy something, which I think is likely.

He leaves on Friday morning, so I've left this late - I was hoping he would change his mind [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img][/b]

On Aug 31, 2005

Thank you all for your replies.

My son is anaphylactic to peanut and tree nuts, and also allergic to soy, so that makes things more difficult than peanut alone.

I will make him a list of major brand names which label well.

Any more input is welcome - one more day before he leaves!

On Aug 31, 2005

I am thinking he can do okay with fresh fruits and veggies, yogurts and cheeses and breads. I lived off of that sort if stuff in France, since it was cheap! Not sure of soy free breads that are also TN and PN free. Our dd is EA and PN, TN allergic. We use Freihoffer breads. Need to look for soy. But he should be able to bring some bread, right?

I would suggest simple whole foods. If he has the burner, like you suggested, he can brown meat or make a burger, or cook some chicken in a pan. Cereal is always easy, we trust General MIlls the most, but will buy Kelloggs.

Pizza? Anyone recommend pizza chains? That would be good. I hope he has a nice trip! becca

On Aug 31, 2005

Taco Bell, Krispy Creme, Chevys (a Mexican Eatery, Trader Joes or Whole Foods carry a lot of Organic Fruits, Veges and safe foods.

If your ds is in contact with you while he is traveling and needs specifics on safe foods at Trader Joes or Whole Foods I would be happy to give them to you.

I was hoping some of the PA Members in Wa or Oregon would come on and let you know of other safe places.

I hope he has a fun trip and stays safe.

toomanynuts

On Sep 1, 2005

Trader Joes: If I am in the store(I am in MA, though) the manager on duty will call the corporate dietician *while I shop* to try to get info on items. Great service. But, many of the items I ask about end up having PN or TN made on the same equipment(many cookies and crackers). Or they have egg, which we avoid, so I cannot rattle off safe items, but they are very helpful instore. becca

On Sep 1, 2005

Thanks for all the input. I'll make a list for my son to take with him, so that should help him.

He doesn't plan on eating out, as he isn't even comfortable doing so here, so we won't worry about food chains.

Thanks also for all the good wishes for a safe trip - needless to say I'm rather stressed about it, but do understand his wish to go. I have every confidence in his handling of his allergy, but what if?

However, I guess I can also worry about the drive down there etc., to take my mind off the allergy component [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] They also have nothing booked for staying, but I guess there's always the car!

On Sep 3, 2005

Just an update. My son made it down to Oregon OK, they found a motel with a microwave (right above the beach), and he arranged with the motel management to put his frozen dinners in their freezer.

I knew he could take care of himself, but of course couldn't help worrying [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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