Is PA Son At Risk With Smell of Peanut Oil Frying Chip Wagon?

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 9:22am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Stupid question number one million.

The chip wagon is parked what would be two houses down from me if we lived on a residential street.

If I open my windows between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. all I can smell is the aroma of the chip wagon.

I've now learned that they fry exclusively in peanut oil.

Is Jess at risk with the smell? This far away?

It's okay right now because they don't open on the week-end, but during July month he'll be outside playing in the backyard (unless I send them both to day camp as I have been threatening [img][/img] ).

Or, are we far enough away?

Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]


Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 9:36am
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Cindy, I really don't know the answer to your question. I just really feel for you. [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 9:56am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

My non-scientific take on this, is that if you can smell it, then proteins are floating.
After all, isn't that what our nose detects?

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:00am
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Anna Marie and darthcleo, thank-you. [img][/img] I guess I'll wait for a couple more responses, but what the heck should I do?
I do tend to keep my windows closed because of environmental allergies. That's at night though in the summer months (it drives my DH crazy). I have never been able to sleep with my windows open because I wake up with my eyes all puffy, etc. and just feeling rotten.
I've already had the whole nightmare about the chip wagon (which I still think did make for a funny story until I found out they were frying in peanut oil) which I posted about under Off Topic, but what the heck can I do?
I can smell it really strongly all during those hours and even though they've only been set up for a week, they've been doing a great business.
I tell you, I am absolutely beside myself. [img][/img]
Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:12am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

but isn't peanut oil potentially safe? Depending on which oil?
I know we avoid it to be 100% safe, but I vaguely remember that there are types of peanut oil with very low risk

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:20am
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Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

Maybe find out if the oil used is cold pressed, expressed or expelled...
From website: [url=""][/url]
"Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat foods containing peanut oil, unless it is cold pressed, expressed, expelled peanut oil. Avoid cold pressed, expressed, and expelled peanut oil."

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:23am
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darthcleo and dgood, thank-you. [img][/img] Would the chip wagon guy (or gal this evening) know what kind of peanut oil they were using?
Or, I guess they could check with their supplier?
I tell you, it must be a Canadian thing for one to go into such total shock over the use of peanut oil. I was totally shocked. Because it is so bloody expensive here.
Out of all of the oils, isn't peanut oil the most expensive one on the grocery shelves?
(Of course, another question [img][/img] )
Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 11:53am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Cindy, I agree your first step should be to walk over and ask to see the container for the oil. If it is the form that isn't supposed to bother pa I would think you are ok.
If its the other form, you may have a problem. But might as well find out what form it is first.
Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 1:07pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

I feel for you.
Being the ridiculous optimist I am, and trying to find the *good* in every situation, can you imagine if your good neighbor was getting the "cut" you previously described she had be "cut out of"? You know, for the hydro?
Now that you find the wagon fries in peanut oil?
Somehow, I always feel there is a reason to the way things work out. You know, another force at work. Maybe it's just me.

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 2:06pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Oh no!!! This is unbelievable! And no - it is not just a Canadian thing to be upset about it. I would be REALLY upset! Maybe it isn't a risk to Jesse, but the thought of it is horrifying. Truly. I certainly agree that you need to find out what kind of oil they are using. What a night mare. Is there [b]anything[/b] you can possibly do to get this guy out of there?!
Best of luck and many {{{hugs}}},
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 5:18pm
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Momma Bear, to clarify, as things did work out, my landlord decided not to plug the old chip wagon into the house that he is paying the hydro on (mine/his), but did give the deal back to M. who runs the ceramic store. So, she did get her deal back. She is getting her potential break with the hydro. I am not clear if the landlord is getting anything for renting him the actual land that he is parking the chip wagon on because it is my landlord's land, but no, the chip wagon is plugged into M.'s store and the landlord has effectively been cut out of the deal.
That's why he came back to me Wednesday morning and wanted to charge me for cutting my grass every week.
California Mom, I will have to check as other members have posted, to see what type of peanut oil chip wagon guy is using. If, in some way, it is not okay, especially with such a strong aroma, I honestly do not know what to do.
I imagine one of the selling features of his french fries, in particular, is that they do taste really good because they are fried in peanut oil. I don't know. I find french fries fried in whatever oil I have in the house really quite good.
The reason I say it must be a selling feature is that he doesn't have "fried in peanut oil" coming out of the mouth of the peanut at the bottom of his menu as an allergy alert. So, it must be seen by some, perhaps a lot, as a really positive thing.
And I don't know how to deal with it if it is not okay. I honestly don't.
When one sees how difficult it is to get a PA child into a school system where he/she supposedly has the *right* to attend, how can I possibly take on chip wagon guy and get him to change his oil simply because he's parked two houses away from a PA child and the aroma is surrounding our property (and, if my windows were open, actually in my home).
Call Public Health? Call City Hall? And say what? Again that alien with two heads feeling I've had in dealing with the school, especially of late.
As I say, please someone come and shoot me behind the old barn house while there's still time left! [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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