List of Snacks Free of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Eggs
Below you’ll find a link to our list of commonly available snacks that is continually updated throughout the year. The list is intended as a guide for schools, organizations, sports leagues, clubs, parties, play dates and other events where snacks may be brought in in the presence of people with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and/or eggs. This list provides an effective tool for keeping the most egregious allergens out of the classroom and is referenced by many schools throughout the country.
We spend a great deal of time searching through products, checking labels and contacting manufacturers to keep this guide up to date. We think you’ll find it more useful than ever.
Based upon your feedback, we’ve recently made some important changes to the guide:
- We’ve added many products that are certified by their manufacturers as peanut, tree nut and egg free! These products are listed at the end of each category and carry our green check mark insignia;
- There are a number of new categories including Granola/Trail Mixes, Cakes/Muffins, Peanut Butter Alternatives and Chocolate – over eight pages of snack suggestions;
- Each list is now stamped with the date it was downloaded and an expiration date to ensure that you are always using a “fresh” copy.
Part of Your School’s Policy
Many schools have no policies regarding snacks in the classroom leaving children with food allergies at risk of contact reactions including anaphylaxis. Still others rely on lists that are old and outdated. We encourage schools to adopt our guide as part of their policies regarding food in the classroom.
We currently have two articles that can be used in conjunction with this guide to help drive school policy:
- Why Your Child Can’t Bring Peanut Butter to School (And What You Can Do About It) – This is a widely distributed open letter which describes the need for food bans in a non-confrontational manner. We encourage you to use it as a template for your child’s specific circumstances and ask the school to distribute it to fellow parents;
- A Mom’s Perspective: A Guide to Registering Your Food Allergic Child for Kindergarten – Even if your child is older, this article suggests many policies that should be adopted by schools to help protect food allergic children.
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Even though a great deal of time is invested researching and updating this guide, NEVER RELY SOLELY ON THIS GUIDE TO PROTECT A CHILD WITH FOOD ALLERGIES! You must continue to read food labels because manufacturers may change their ingredients and processes at any time. Note that current labeling guidelines do not require manufacturers to disclose traces of potential allergens that may be introduced as part of the manufacturing process! It is always up to the parent or guardian to make the final determination that a snack is safe for their child!
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