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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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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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Pretzel!

We are pleased to announce that Brothers-All-Natural, makers of an extensive line of healthy dried fruit snacks, have joined our Manufacturer Partnership Program and their products have been added to the Safe Snack Guide.

Brothers-All-Natural fruit snacks are made from 100% real fruit with absolutely no additives or preservatives of any kind. With a variety of products that include freeze-dried Fruit Crisps, Fruit Clusters, and Fruit & Oats cereal, there are many healthy snack options for all ages and diets; including fun, Disney packaging for the kids. All of their Fruit Crisps and Fruit Clusters are  gluten-free, peanut/tree nut free, soy free, dairy free, non GMO, vegan, and OU Kosher certified.

Please note that we have also removed all varieties Nabisco Classics snacks from the Guide as the line has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Pretzel!Please note that we have removed a number of products from the Safe Snack Guide:

  • Ritz Crackers – all varieties.

We received a report that two sleeves of the Peanut Butter variety of Ritz Crackerfuls were packaged in a box of the Classic Cheddar variety. Though the individual sleeves were clearly labeled as containing the Peanut Butter variety, this could have  led to unthinkable consequences had the error not been discovered by an observant parent before the treat was given to a child.

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