Main contains at same table as PN allergic child

Posted on: Sun, 12/30/2007 - 1:38pm
nutty-mom's picture
Joined: 02/19/2004 - 09:00

Is it okay/safe to have other children eating items labeled "may contain or manufactured on shared equipment" foods at the same table as my PN child? My son's school is peanut-free. No children bring peanuts to lunch, and may contains are not used in group snacks, but the question has come up if they are okay for individual lunches. Obviously my child won't be etaing them, but the risk of there being any peanut protein in a non-peanut "may contain" item and then getting to my child seems really, really miniscule.

How do others handle this?

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2007 - 1:00am
joyojoy's picture
Joined: 12/15/2007 - 08:00

True confession time: we sometimes buy M&Ms semi-sweet baking chips, and my daughter also loves Luna S'More Bars, in spite of their "may contain" warnings. My daughter is 15 now, and has never had an adverse reaction to any "may contain" foods. I think you are relatively safe in the presence of such foods, especially if you are going to great lengths to avoid any contact with them. Teaching your child at a young age to avoid contact with other kids' foods is one of your best defenses. By the age of 4, my daughter was very good at policing her own food.
You're so lucky to be in a school that is sensitive enough to be peanut-free! My daughter had a couple episodes in daycare from other kids eating peanut butter and getting it in her food. Then there was the time that one of the daycare ladies gave her sunflower seeds roasted in peanut oil. Needless to say, we stopped using that daycare.

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2007 - 2:18am
maphiemom's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

The may contains, at school and around me don't bother me for the most part, the risk is very low, our school has treat Friday's where they sell cupcakes from a bakery that also has nuts but not peanuts, so the cupcakes are may contain, my daughter does not eat them and having 300 kids eating them has never caused a problem, I just make peanut nut free version for those that need them, the world is full of nuts , if we are fortunate to have school free of actual peanuts , nuts and pb and j on a daily basis , that is great by me , the rest of the world is surely full of trace and contains, so may contain is well within my comfort range, in school when the kids eat not SAFE treats we have a safe snack box for her , she doesn't mind having her oreos, in those situations.

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2007 - 6:12am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I am with you. My DS attends a peanut free school. There is NO peanuts butter served in the cafe. and children cannot bring any peanut or peanut products to school for lunch. We have had occassions that they have had a birthday party in the class and someone made regualr supcakes or cup cakes from a bakery that say "may contain" My son is NOT allowed to eat them He bring his own safe cup cake to have with the other kids.. The chances are slim that the cupcake would have a trace of it. and aws long as he doesn't ingest it, he would be fine. The world is not peanut free so he has more of a chance of coming in contact with peanuts at the mall or the park. so I am ok witht hat I am VERY lucky to have a school system that makes acco,odations for him and others that are peanut allergic so I think I should compromise.

Posted on: Mon, 12/31/2007 - 6:34am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

It is within my comfort zone for other to eat may contains around my son. He does not eat these foods however.

Posted on: Tue, 01/01/2008 - 5:39am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

for what it is worth, it is also within our comfort zone to have our dd around "may contains". We even have a spot in our fridge for "may contains". My dd has her own special stash of "safe snacks". Her threeschool classroom is also pn and nut free, but the kids have had "may contains" there. They have used M&M's and such in crafts and my dd has used her own safe stuff. So far it has worked out well with the pn and tn's. Eggs is a different story. She is allergic on contact so I don't even want her to be around cupcakes and such with a bunch of three year olds. No doubt of smearing and such. So far we have done well with that too at school.

Posted on: Tue, 01/01/2008 - 11:30pm
hopechapel's picture
Joined: 12/11/2005 - 09:00

Since "may contains" is an optional labelling, not required by law, I cannot see making a rule that a "may contain" is not allowed at a PN-free table. Truly -- to ferret out some "may contains -- for example - tahini -- you'd have to go back to the grain elevators of the Sudan and see if peanuts were on the grain elevators.
EXample: Krinos tahini - no PN in the plant but the manf. could not guarantee that the sesame seeds were not on grain elevators with peanut at the harvest in the Sudan.
Joyva Tahini - this company manufactures ground peanuts and sells it in bulk.
Neither company labels for "may contains"
I would go with Krinos -- but really, I avoid "may contains" but I am aware that I cannot research the origin of every food my child eats let alone expect other parents to do that.

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