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If you have a young child with food allergies, then you must know – or get to know – Kyle Dine. Kyle’s ability to convey a message of empowerment through song and entertainment is legendary within the food allergy and celiac communities.

Now Kyle wants to take that message to schools nationwide with a series of videos targeted at specific grade levels. But to do so, he needs your help to raise the requisite funds.

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Pretzel!

We are pleased to announce that Nots! Snacks, makers of a line of vegan sunflower seed snacks, has joined our Manufacturer Partnership.

Nots! Sustenance Snacks are made in a facility that is free of gluten as well as the top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish) and come in a variety of flavors.

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FDA Logo

Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a consumer update entitled “Finding Food Allergens Where They Shouldn’t Be“, a must read if you have food allergies or care for someone who does. (Click here to see the publication.)

The update warns that “undeclared allergens” – allergens that are not listed on the label as an ingredient but should be – are the leading cause of food recalls initiated by the FDA.

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allergen-profile

We’ve had many requests over the years to accommodate additional allergens in the Safe Snack Guide – like milk, gluten and sesame – but realized that doing so would severely limit the products we could include.

Instead, we created an interactive service called Allergence. Allergence draws upon the data provided via our platform by the responsible companies that have joined our Manufacturer Partnership. These companies are committed to the allergic community and have opted to provide you with much more information than is available on the label.

SnackSafely.com is now previewing Allergence, which promises full transparency into how 11 allergens are processed during the manufacture of each product.

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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 SnackSafely.com?

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 SnackSafely.com) 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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Pretzel!

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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Pretzel!

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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schoolbus

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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