Pretzel!Please note that we are removing the listings for products from three ice cream manufacturers from the Safe Snack Guide:

  • Breyers – removed due to changes in manufacture/labeling/disclosure.

    Unilever, manufacturers of Breyers brand, employ the following process during a run:

    1. Plain flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate, are made in the first batches;
    2. Nuts and other add-ins are added to the same equipment in later batches;
    3. All equipment is washed down between runs, and the process repeats.

    As the firm employs no testing between runs to ensure that allergen residue has been removed, we are removing it from the Guide.

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Jack Irvine

A year and a half ago, Jack Irvine, a 15 year old with a severe tree nut allergy attending a go-karting camp in Melbourne, Australia, bit into an unwrapped cookie containing macadamia nuts. He died six days later due to complications of anaphylaxis.

During inquest proceedings currently underway, it was disclosed that the family filed standard forms notifying the camp administration of the boy’s allergies. Due to a staff shortage the day of the incident, the camp ordered lunch from a sandwich chain which presumably supplied the cookies.

Fiona Ellis, the counsel for the Victorian Karting Association, issued a formal apology to the family. “The Victorian Karting Association expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Jack Irvine,” Ellis told the Victorian Coroners Court.

Ellis went on to explain that the camp’s administrators did not have proper processes in place for dealing with allergic reactions or adequate first aid plans.

As we approach the season when families traditionally enroll their children for summer camp activities, we at SnackSafely.com would like to highlight some of the special considerations arising from this tragedy:

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Manufacturers Join SnackSafely.com in Drive for Greater Transparency in Food Allergen Disclosures

Tootsie Roll Industries, Enjoy Life Foods among 20 manufacturers to join program’s launch

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2014

PR QuoteThe publisher of the Safe Snack Guide, a snack list used by thousands of schools, camps, youth sports leagues, and scouting groups nationwide to help implement nut-free policies, is now working directly with food manufacturers to provide greater transparency regarding the potential for allergens in their products.

Manufacturers participating in the SnackSafely.com program access a proprietary portal to submit information about their products, including processing information for 11 allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish (the “top 8”) as well as sesame, mustard, and gluten.

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Please note that we have updated the contents of the Safe Snack Guide.

We’re pleased to announce that we have added many products by three companies that have joined our SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership Program:

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Chantel Giacalone

Chantel Giacalone, a 27 year old actress and model with a severe peanut allergy from West Bloomfield, MI, was visiting a friend in Las Vegas a year ago. On February 20, 2013, she unknowingly bit into a pretzel that contained peanut butter and suffered full-blown anaphylaxis.

“She went into cardiac arrest twice – four and a half minutes both times,” said Maria Lamia, Chantel’s aunt.

Chantel was placed on life support in a hospital in Las Vegas. Thousands of dollars were raised to have her airlifted to a hospital in Michigan, where she was finally released in November.

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Ready for the Big Game? Just a quick reminder that it’s easy to accommodate your guests with special dietary considerations even if they root for the opposing team! The Safe Snack Guide has hundreds of ideas ranging from everyday pretzels and potato chips to all-natural, organic, non-GMO options… all peanut and tree nut-free, most egg-free!

And don’t forget to check the Coupons Page for money saving opportunities!

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The results of a 3 year study of the effectiveness of Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) for desensitization of peanut allergy in children was published today in the medical journal The Lancet.

The study, co-sponsored by the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, followed 85 children aged 7-16 with confirmed peanut allergy from January 2010 through March 2013.

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conversationheartsWe have been inundated with requests for peanut/tree nut free conversation hearts, those little candy hearts with messages printed on them like “Be Mine” and “Love You” traditionally sold for Valentine’s Day. We have also had many inquiries why we do not include them in the Valentine’s Day section of the current Safe Snack Guide.

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Super typhoon Haiyan: survivors walk past a ship that lies on top of damaged homes

Once again, Heather Selwa is taking action on behalf of an important humanitarian effort. The Founder and CEO of Peanut Free Planet and Dr Lucy Gibney, Founder of Lucy’s Cookies are partnering with Montero Medical Missions, a non-profit international medical effort bringing relief supplies to the people of the Philippines. The effort, which includes food and hospital supplies, supports those most affected by Super-Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the country in November. The Philippines Secretary of Health, Dr. Enrique Ona, will direct the supplies where they are most needed.

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GMOThe Vermont Senate Agriculture Committee is considering a bill passed by the House last May that would protect the public “by enabling consumers to avoid the potential risks associated with genetically engineered food.” The bill would require all foods containing ingredients that were genetically modified (GM) to be labeled as such if offered for retail sale in Vermont.

Currently, federal labeling regulations do not require manufacturers to disclose whether their ingredients have been genetically modified. Furthermore, testimony by Dr Robert Merker, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Officer, indicated that the FDA does not have the statutory authority to require such labeling.

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