Visiting US and Canada from UK with allergic kids

Posted on: Sat, 01/19/2008 - 5:11am
jharris's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Hi I wonder if anyone can give me advice. my family and i are planning a trip to canada (toronto and niagra) and us (new york and connecticut) this summer. i was lucky enough to work in connecticut about 14 years ago and i'm desperate to show my kids what wonderful countries us and canada are.

my son is allergic to peanuts, kiwi and fish and my daughter to fish. we are going to try as far as possible to stay in self-catering places. i would love some info on safe bread products, cookies and candies and ice cream and any info on chain restaurants which are particularly allergy friendly.

any help and advice would be gratefully received. i'm so excited to be visiting again but also nervous about the kids

many thanks

Posted on: Sat, 01/19/2008 - 9:14am
happycat's picture
Joined: 08/31/2004 - 09:00

I live in Canada, and can let you know what we consider safe from a peanut allergy viewpoint. We're not dealing with any other allergies than that, so I'm not sure on the fish and kiwi.
For sandwich bread/bagels/english muffins we have had good luck with dempsters.
Dare makes good peanut free cookies, candies and crackers (they will state peanut free either on the front, or under the ingredient listing on the stuff thats peanut free). Some of their chewy candies are flavoured with juice, so I'm not sure if they are appropriate for the kiwi allergy. For chocolate, Coffee Crisp, KitKat, Smarties and Aero are good but be aware they make peanut butter versions of these so check the labels (or buy the mini versions in the bags marked peanut free). There are also peanut free mars bars out there too.
Chapman's is the only peanut free ice cream I know of. Buy the kind that says peanut/nut free on the front as they do sell some premium varieties that contain nuts as well.
Anyway hope this helps.

Posted on: Sun, 01/27/2008 - 1:58am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

My son is PN, tree nut and kiwi allergic. We live in NY state.
I can tell you that by far the kiwi is the easiest to handle. We stay away from fruit salads in restaurants, juice boxes and many yogurts. We also avoid sliced fruit that you can pick up in supermarkets. Many offer kiwi as one of the sliced fruits you can get and I worry about cross-contamination.
As far as chains go, we love Ninety Nine restaurants. They are VERY allergy friendly. We have luck there consistently. I know that Ninety Nines are in NY and Connecticut. Visit [url=""][/url]
Best of luck to you. I think you will find Canada to be very allergy friendly from what I've heard.

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2008 - 6:41am
tim's picture
Joined: 08/16/1999 - 09:00

You may wish to contact your airline and request a peanut free airplane trip. United, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines have done this for me. Although I felt a bit guilty having the whole plane miss their sate (peanut spicy sauce with chicken skewers) I was able to breath comfortably.
In my opinion, Canada is a global leader in food allergy awareness. It's common to see warning about peanuts every day.
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Posted on: Tue, 02/12/2008 - 7:22am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

went to about five states over 3 1/2 weeks last summer .
our son is peanut/ all bean/ kiwi /yeast extract and other environmental allergies.
had a fab time, would say same rule apply as in the UK.
However have found UK has more treat re candy choices available.

Posted on: Fri, 02/22/2008 - 1:56am
jharris's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for your help everyone - I will print out advice and take with me.

Posted on: Sat, 02/23/2008 - 2:10pm
I Care's picture
Joined: 10/13/2002 - 09:00

For a chain restaurant, see if Swiss Chalet [url=""][/url]
is okay for fish allergies. I can't remember any fish items on the menu. The ice cream there is not PA safe and most of the desserts have PA allergy alerts as well, but I'm fairly sure you could eat there okay, with fish allergies involved. Again, please check their website.

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