There are many ways to support the Food Allergy community. We at 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 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.

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FARE Walk 2014

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

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 by clicking here.

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Black Cat!

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.

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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)

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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.

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CA Legislature

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.

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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 reader who was kind enough to research this issue and report back to us – we have a definitive response from B&G:

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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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As the start of the school year approaches, we receive many inquiries about the Safe Snack Guide from parents, teachers, school nurses and PTA organizations as they search for solutions to help implement nut-free classroom policies.

Here follows a collection of the most frequently asked questions complete with answers.

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Safe Snack Guide Flyer Header

It’s  time for parents, teachers, school nurses, administrators and PTA organizations to begin planning for the upcoming school year. As more and more school districts adopt policies to better manage allergens in the classroom, they need reliable tools to help simplify and streamline the process for parents and teachers alike.

The Safe Snack Guide provides the foundation for any nut-exclusion program. From snacks to peanut butter alternatives, the Guide provides an easy way to steer parents toward safer alternatives.

Click here for a full-page flyer describing the Guide and use it to begin the conversation at your child’s school.

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