After learning the results of tests performed by SnackSafely.com and the subsequent admission by ContentChecked that their app ignores “may contain” and other cross-contact warnings, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has altered the Corporate Partners page on their website. The advocacy no longer displays language that could be construed as a tacit approval of ContentChecked, replacing it with a general disclaimer that “FARE does not review, test, sponsor, endorse or recommend any products or services that may appear on our website.“
SnackSafely.com continues efforts to reach users of ContentChecked who may be relying on the app to determine the allergy content of foods. In tests, ContentChecked declared a series of common food products “free from peanuts” despite clearly visible “may contain peanuts” warnings on their labels. Users relying on the app put themselves and their children at risk of adverse reactions and anaphylaxis.
The company has so far ignored calls by SnackSafely.com to remove their app from the marketplace until its deficiencies are addressed, instead continuing to advertise that “you can feel confident when you are shopping with ContentChecked.”
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It’s that time of year again! The 2014 Holiday Edition of the Safe Snack Guide has arrived just in time for your Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Celebrations! This edition features a full page dedicated to peanut, tree nut and egg-free holiday-themed goodies to help you celebrate while accommodating those with life-threatening food allergies.
By restricting foods served at your classroom celebrations and holiday parties to products listed in the Guide, you avoid introducing these allergens which can cause contact reactions in children allergic to them. This is a great way of accommodating – not excluding – children with severe allergies to these foods. (We stress that the parents must always be the final arbiters of food given to a child with food allergies!)
Allergic Living’s site features an exclusive interview with Dr Helen Brough, lead author of a British study showing an association between high levels of peanut residue in homes, genetic factors for eczema, and increased incidence of peanut allergy.
The study examined peanut residue by vacuuming the sofas in 577 UK homes with babies in the first year of life. These children were later revisited at 8 and 11 years old and tested for peanut allergy along with a mutation in their genes associated with eczema. The results showed that children with the mutation were 3 times as likely to develop peanut allergy in homes with 3 times the quantity of peanut residue found in the household dust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
We’ve made additions to the Safe Snack Guide just in time for end of school year classroom celebrations and to help with nut-free snack selections for camp.
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