Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a consumer update entitled “Finding Food Allergens Where They Shouldn’t Be“, a must read if you have food allergies or care for someone who does. (Click here to see the publication.)
The update warns that “undeclared allergens” – allergens that are not listed on the label as an ingredient but should be – are the leading cause of food recalls initiated by the FDA.
We’ve had many requests over the years to accommodate additional allergens in the Safe Snack Guide – like milk, gluten and sesame – but realized that doing so would severely limit the products we could include.
Instead, we created an interactive service called Allergence. Allergence draws upon the data provided via our platform by the responsible companies that have joined our Manufacturer Partnership. These companies are committed to the allergic community and have opted to provide you with much more information than is available on the label.
SnackSafely.com is now previewing Allergence, which promises full transparency into how 11 allergens are processed during the manufacture of each product.
There are many ways to support the Food Allergy community. We at SnackSafely.com see it as our mission to support companies that take special care in producing quality products that are safe for those with specific allergies and sensitivities.
And there are many ways to show that support. The obvious way is to purchase their products and recommend them to others. Another is to help build the company from the ground up.
Don’t Go Nuts – a member of the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership with a number of products listed in the Safe Snack Guide – is providing an opportunity to do just that: help build the company through a crowdfunding effort that is just beginning.
It’s that time of year again: The leaves are turning, your teal pumpkin is out on the porch being stalked by a hungry squirrel, and you’re having your annual panic attack because you know mini Snickers bars will soon be everywhere.
What better time to make your donation to FARE by sponsoring a team in one of their walkathons? And what better team to support than your friends at SnackSafely.com?
We’re based in Jersey (exit 168) and will be walking in the Ridgewood FARE Walk this Sunday, October 26. If you’re not from around these parts, please consider sponsoring us with a donation in the name of our daughter (the inspiration for SnackSafely.com) by clicking here.
It’s here! The 2014 Halloween Edition of the Safe Snack Guide is hot off the digital press, waiting for you to download your copy.
In addition to the usual goodies, there’s a whole page dedicated to Halloween treats, just in time for trick-or-treat and nut-free classroom celebrations. Again this year, we’re providing size/packaging information and indicating whether the items are individually wrapped.
Please note that we have removed two product lines from the Safe Snack Guide due to changes in manufacture:
- Sensible Portions (Garden Veggie Straws, Garden Veggie Chips)
- Garden of Eatin’ Tortilla Chips (all varieties)
Please note that we have removed a product from the Safe Snack Guide due to changes in manufacture/ labeling/ disclosure:
- White Rose Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream Cups
This product is now confirmed as being manufactured in a line that also processes tree nuts.
Congratulations to the people of California with the signing of SB 1266 into law by Governor Brown!
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Bob Huff, makes the stocking of epinephrine mandatory for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools as well as the training of personnel to administer the drug in cases of suspected anaphylaxis.
The children of California will be much safer once this law takes effect throughout the state, as epinephrine will be readily available for use in cases of severe allergic reactions regardless of whether the child has been diagnosed with a food allergy and has been prescribed an auto-injector.
We received a number of inquiries regarding the relabeling of Pirate’s Booty, a line of salty/savory snacks which used to carry a “Made in a peanut/tree nut free facility” declaration but no longer does.
The Pirate’s line is owned by B&G Foods, which manufactures many other well known brands including Ortega Taco Shells, Cream of Wheat, and Mrs Dash spices.
Thanks to Kate Reamer – a SnackSafely.com reader who was kind enough to research this issue and report back to us – we have a definitive response from B&G:
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has announced that it is providing over $700,000 to help fund promising research that may lead to a fast, effective treatment for food allergies.
Fred Finkelman, MD, an immunologist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have developed a monoclonal antibody that targets and deactivates mast cells, which play a key role in allergic reactions. As FARE describes:
Special receptors on the surface of mast cells allow them to bind to IgE, the “bad” antibody responsible for food allergy. When a person with food allergy eats the wrong food, the IgE-primed mast cells attack the allergen, releasing chemicals that cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction. The monoclonal antibody removes both the IgE and IgE receptors on mast cells, making them harmless.
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