PrintThe FARE Walk for Food Allergy is a series of family-friendly events that take place in communities nationwide to help fund FARE’s mission: foster food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research. Walkers and teams join in personal fundraising efforts in their communities and each walk celebrates the generous support given to those living with food allergies.

Here follows a schedule of the remaining events for 2015. Click on a location to find out more and register your team. (Or join Team SnackSafely.com at the Ridgewood, NJ walk on October 25th!)

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allerjectSanofi-aventis Canada Inc has recalled two lots of its 0.15mg/0.15mL (child sized) Allerject auto-injectors due to a manufacturing defect that may prevent the device from working properly. Note that Allerject is the Canadian equivalent of the Auvi-Q sold in the US.

The defect, which affects the needle portion of the auto-injector, may prevent epinephrine from being delivered during an emergency posing a serious health risk to a child being treated for an anaphylactic reaction.

If you purchased an Allerject 0.15mg/0.15mL auto-injector in Canada on or after June 1, check to see if the lot numbers match 2857508 or 2857505. If so, make sure to follow the instructions in this press release issued by the company earlier today.

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SSG-UpdateWe’re pleased to announce the addition of new products from a long-time member of our Manufacturer Partnership Program.

ENJ Mixes

The new, much anticipated Enjoy Life Baking Mixes announced by the company in March have finally hit store shelves and are now listed in the Safe Snack Guide and Allergence screening service.

Click the following links to see details of each variety including how they are manufactured with regard to the 11 allergens we track: All Purpose Flour Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Pancake + Waffle Mix, Pizza Crust Mix.

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homawoodrumWe often receive questions regarding sesame labeling. Sesame is not considered an allergen under current FALCPA regulations and so is often hidden as “natural flavoring” on the ingredient label.

Considering how lax US label disclosures of the FDA’s “Top 8″ allergens can be, those with sesame allergies have a much harder time finding foods that are safe for their dietary restrictions. And if feedback from our blog is any indication, the incidence of sesame allergy is skyrocketing.

Lobbying congress to modernize food labeling regulations is a long, involved process. Homa Woodrum, attorney, blogger, co-founder of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference,  and mom to a daughter with numerous food allergies, wrote about her recent excursion to Washington DC as part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s campaign to require manufacturers to label for sesame as they do for the Top-8 allergens.

Her posting provides a wonderful day-in-the-life recount of an advocate fighting the good fight for changes to benefit the allergic community. If you ever wondered how the process works or considered joining the efforts currently underway to promote a more comprehensive allergen labeling regime, Homa’s article is well worth the read.

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OTCDillon Mueller’s story is a horrific tragedy. The 18 year-old Wisconsinite perished in 2014 from an anaphylactic reaction caused by a bee sting despite never having been diagnosed with an allergy. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and encourage you to read about Dillon on the website his parents, Angel and George Mueller, established to memorialize him.

Because he was never diagnosed with an allergy, Dillon was never prescribed epinephrine, so there was no auto-injector on-hand to administer the only drug that might have saved his life.

In an effort to foster much needed change, the Muellers have started a petition urging the FDA to designate epinephrine an “Over the Counter” (OTC) drug, i.e. one that is readily available without a prescription. The premise of the petition is that more people would carry epinephrine if it was available without a prescription, and more people carrying would imply a greater chance of epinephrine being available when a victim suffering anaphylaxis isn’t carrying his own.

While we appreciate the Muellers’ efforts to help prevent others from suffering the same fate as Dillon’s, we believe this effort is misguided.

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Lynda-Mitchell

Our congratulations to Lynda Mitchell, founder of Kids with Food Allergies (KFA), for 10 wonderful years of service to the food allergy community!

KFA is a web-based patient education and support organization serving families raising children with food allergies and anaphylaxis, hosting the nation’s largest online community of such families, currently 45,000 members strong. Its website and social media outreach help more than one million visitors annually.

Lynda was inspired to found KFA by her son’s own health struggles. Through the KFA, she has dedicated herself to educating families and caregivers about how they can keep their children safe and healthy.

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SSG-Update
Please note that we have removed the following products from the Safe Snack Guide based on an official response from Pepperidge Farm:

  • Goldfish Grahams – all varieties

Also note that this advisory only affects the Graham varieties, which are manufactured on lines that may be shared with cookies that contain nuts. We are maintaining their Cracker varieties (which comprise the majority of the Goldfish line) which have been verified by the firm to be manufactured on dedicated lines which do not process peanuts or tree nuts.

For more information, please see the response from Pepperidge Farm by clicking here.

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Goldfish_LogoEach month, we receive hundreds of inquiries from readers of our Safe Snack Guide, a resource relied upon by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide to help keep peanuts and tree nuts out of the classroom and the home. We do our best to respond in a timely fashion, but take special notice when we spot a trend.

Lately, we’ve received dozens of inquiries with concerns regarding Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish line. As the firm is not a member of our Manufacturer Partnership, we reached out to them as you might… starting with the “Contact-Us” page on their website.  We made clear that we would not be satisfied with a canned response from their customer service department and instead requested an official reply from firm management.

Eventually, we reached Brian Blanchard, Vice President of US Snacks for Pepperidge Farm who put us in touch with Ellen Passero, Manager Quality and Consumer Affairs for the firm.

We asked two specific questions: Which Goldfish varieties are reliably manufactured on dedicated lines that are free of peanuts and tree nuts, and which are manufactured in facilities free of the same.

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Pretzel!We’re pleased to announce the addition of new products from a long-time member of our Manufacturer Partnership Program. These products now appear in the Safe Snack Guide and Allergence, our product screening service.

F003066CC5Lucy’s is dedicated to the best practices in allergen safety. They carefully exclude wheat/gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts from their products and plant. And, best of all, their treats taste great! They offer a wide range of flavors and several pack sizes for lunches and travel. (Click to learn more about Lucy’s and their products.)

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Hear Eleanor Garrow, CEO of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) discuss the possible causes of food allergy and the difference between allergies and intolerances:

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