We are pleased to announce a number of new additions to the Safe Snack Guide.
We have added a new category entitled ‘Frozen Entrees / Appetizers / Sides / Desserts‘ which will provide many new options to busy families that must also cope with food allergies.
SnackSafely.com’s Manufacturer Partnership Program was highlighted in an article by Food Navigator-USA, a publication that caters to decision makers in food and beverage development in North America. The article, entitled “SnackSafely.com closing the allergen contamination knowledge gap” details our program to partner directly with manufacturers to have them disclose information regarding the processing of 11 allergens during the manufacture of their products.
As of this writing, over 21 manufacturers have joined the program with more to be announced later this week. Joining the program is free to manufacturers, who agree to provide manufacturing data via our proprietary portal. In return, all their qualifying products earn a listing in the Safe Snack Guide, our list of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs relied upon by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide.
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:
- Plain flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate, are made in the first batches;
- Nuts and other add-ins are added to the same equipment in later batches;
- 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.
Please note that we have updated the contents of the Safe Snack Guide.
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!
We 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.
We sense love in the air, so it must be time for the 2014 Valentine’s Day Edition of the Safe Snack Guide! But before we go into specifics, first a reminder that with this issue we are introducing a change to the foods we list in the Guide.
Change to Treatment of Eggs
As we announced in a previous posting, with this issue we will be introducing a number of products that contain or are manufactured in facilities that also process eggs. This change will allow us to introduce many new products both with and without eggs.
We wanted to let you know of a fundamental change coming to the Safe Snack Guide, our 8 page guide of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs relied upon by hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide.
A current article in US News and World Report’s Eat+Run health and wellness section provides a valuable primer on how to plan a party when children with food allergies or dietary restrictions will be in attendance.
In “Planning an Allergy-Friendly Birthday Party”, author Tamara Duker Freuman describes her own experience planning a birthday party for her son and the strategies she developed to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all the children involved, including one with tree nut allergy and another following a vegan diet. She references SnackSafely.com and the Safe Snack Guide as go-to resources for finding appropriate treats for such occasions.
Are you a parent of a child with severe allergies? Make these New Year’s resolutions and be sure to share with family and friends!
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