The New Jersey stock epinephrine bill designated S801/A304 was passed unanimously by the state senate yesterday with a vote of 37-0, and unanimously reaffirmed by the state assembly with a vote of 68-0. The bill now goes on to Governor Chris Christie for his signature and passage into law.

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After learning the results of tests performed by SnackSafely.com and the subsequent admission by ContentChecked that their app ignores “may contain” and other cross-contact warnings, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has altered the Corporate Partners page on their website. The advocacy no longer displays language that could be construed as a tacit approval of ContentChecked, replacing it with a general disclaimer that “FARE does not review, test, sponsor, endorse or recommend any products or services that may appear on our website.

SnackSafely.com continues efforts to reach users of ContentChecked who may be relying on the app to determine the allergy content of foods. In tests, ContentChecked declared a series of common food products “free from peanuts” despite clearly visible “may contain peanuts” warnings on their labels. Users relying on the app put themselves and their children at risk of adverse reactions and anaphylaxis.

The company has so far ignored calls by SnackSafely.com to remove their app from the marketplace until its deficiencies are addressed, instead continuing to advertise that “you can feel confident when you are shopping with ContentChecked.”

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autoinjectorA study of 102 patients enrolled from adult and pediatric clinics showed that only 16% used their epinephrine auto-injectors correctly. Of the remaining 84%, more than half missed 3 or more steps for proper administration.

The most common errors included:

  • Failure to hold the unit in place for at least 10 seconds after triggering
  • Failure to place the needle end of the device on the thigh, and
  • Failure to depress the device forcefully enough to activate the injection.

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ContentChecked® and Wazinit™ Failed to Warn of Possible Peanut Content in our Tests Despite Clear Warnings on Product Labels

“We call on ContentChecked and
Wazinit to either fix their respective
apps so that they provide reliable
results that add to – rather than
detract from – the safety of people
with food allergies, or remove them
from the marketplace.”

We’ve received many inquiries regarding a class of apps that purport to help you avoid common allergens in food products. They work largely the same way: You scan a product’s barcode using your smartphone and the app renders advice whether the product is safe from the allergens specified in your profile.

We decided to take the two apps that we received the most inquiries about and put them through their paces by testing them at a local supermarket. What we found was shocking.

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New Jersey is one of only six states that still has not passed school stock epinephrine legislation, though such legislation has passed the assembly and is pending in the senate.

With the holidays upon us, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has issued the following call to action:

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Click the image to download a full-page flyer to share with your child’s teachers, school nurse and principal!

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It’s that time of year again! The 2014 Holiday Edition of the Safe Snack Guide has arrived just in time for your Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Celebrations! This edition features a full page dedicated to peanut, tree nut and egg-free holiday-themed goodies to help you celebrate while accommodating those with life-threatening food allergies.

By restricting foods served at your classroom celebrations and holiday parties to products listed in the Guide, you avoid introducing these allergens which can cause contact reactions in children allergic to them. This is a great way of accommodating – not excluding – children with severe allergies to these foods. (We stress that the parents must always be the final arbiters of food given to a child with food allergies!)

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We’re pleased to announce four additions to the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership.

In joining us, these companies have committed to provide you with far greater transparency into their manufacturing processes via our Allergence service than is available anywhere else. They are:

  • Happy Family Brands – A leading premium organic baby and toddler food company founded in 2006 by moms with the goal of changing how little ones in the country are fed.
  • Giddy Yoyo – The company offers hand-made organic wild heirloom vegan raw dark chocolate bars and nutrient dense ethically & super selectively sourced superfoods.
  • INBalance Health Corp – Dedicated to providing healthy snack bar alternatives, like the INBar, that are allergen free and suitable for diabetics and everyone else.
  • YumEarth – Founded by two dads, YumEarth is dedicated to making delicious treats with all-natural ingredients, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, and no major allergens, such as gluten, tree nuts and dairy.

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If you have a young child with food allergies, then you must know – or get to know – Kyle Dine. Kyle’s ability to convey a message of empowerment through song and entertainment is legendary within the food allergy and celiac communities.

Now Kyle wants to take that message to schools nationwide with a series of videos targeted at specific grade levels. But to do so, he needs your help to raise the requisite funds.

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Allergic Living’s site features an exclusive interview with Dr Helen Brough, lead author of a British study showing an association between high levels of peanut residue in homes, genetic factors for eczema, and increased incidence of peanut allergy.

The study examined peanut residue by vacuuming the sofas in 577 UK homes with babies in the first year of life. These children were later revisited at 8 and 11 years old and tested for peanut allergy along with a mutation in their genes associated with eczema. The results showed that children with the mutation were 3 times as likely to develop peanut allergy in homes with 3 times the quantity of peanut residue found in the household dust.

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