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We’re pleased to announce a new member to our Manufacturer Partnership.

muffintownMuffin Town, headquartered in Chelsea, MA, has been providing premium value baked goods for over 30 years. Their SunWise SunButter and Grape Jelly Sandwich is made in a peanut and tree nut-free facility and can be found in many school cafeterias, food service establishments and retail outlets nationwide, providing a great lunch option for children in allergen-restricted classrooms and families on the go.

Click here to find out more about the company and their products. Click here to see the press release.

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We’re pleased to announce the inclusion of many new products with the addition of a new member to our Manufacturer Partnership.

Herr Foods manufactures an extensive line of savory snacks including potato chips, pretzels, popcorn and cheese curls. The family owned and operated company began 67 years ago in Lancaster, Pa., herrslogoand now employs more than 1,500 people who make 340 delicious snack products that are available worldwide. Though a small number of Herr’s products were previously listed in the Safe Snack Guide, the company has joined us as a full-fledged partner and now many more of their products are listed both in the Guide and Allergence, our interactive allergen screening service. Click here to learn more about Herr’s and their products and click here to read the press release.

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Safe Snack Guide Halloween Edition

The Halloween Edition of the Safe Snack Guide is hot off the press, waiting for you to download your copy.

As we do every year, we’ve dedicated a whole page to Halloween-themed and bulk-packaged candies and chocolates, just in time for trick-or-treat and nut-free classroom celebrations. With each listing we provide size/packaging information and indicate whether the items are individually wrapped.

Please also be advised that we have removed chocolate products from Giddy Yoyo, as the company has informed us that they have begun using raw coconut oil (considered a tree nut according to the FDA but not in Canada) as an ingredient in a few of their new varieties. Their other health foods and supplements remain top-8 allergen free, and the company plans to remove the coconut oil in later formulations. When that happens, we will re-list Giddy Yoyo chocolate products and let you know with a subsequent update.

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By now you may have read of yet another food allergy-related tragedy, the passing of Simon Katz, a 16-year old student of Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colorado. He was rushed to the hospital on Monday after inadvertently taking a bite of a s’more made with peanut butter at a school homecoming celebration after suffering anaphylactic symptoms.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital despite multiple shots of epinephrine and CPR administered by his father on the way.

This was the second report of a teen death due to anaphylaxis in a week, yet another horrific nightmare to befall a member of the allergic community. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with the Katz family.

As we generally do when anaphylaxis-related tragedies appear in the news, we seek out the only good that can come from such reports, namely learning from the experience to prevent such occurrences in the future. Here are a number of extenuating circumstances that were reported in the media:

  • Simon did not have his epinephrine auto-injectors on-hand
    He had a habit of keeping his auto-injectors in his car, but he caught a ride to school that day with his friends. By the time his friends were able to transport him home, he was vomiting and suffering severe symptoms.

    Early administration of epinephrine is paramount to the successful treatment of anaphylaxis and it should be administered as soon as symptoms present themselves, or immediately after inadvertently ingesting an allergen that has caused anaphylaxis in the past as directed by your physician. On the best day, Simon’s epinephrine was waiting in the parking lot and administration would have been delayed; on this, the worst day, his epinephrine was not available, possibly costing him his life.

  • He was taken home instead of straight to the emergency department of the closest hospital
    Simon was in the throes of a severe anaphylactic response to a known allergen, a medical emergency by any definition. While we sympathize with his friends who thought they were doing the right thing, they should have been educated to seek immediate medical attention for him.
  • He consumed an unwrapped food that did not come from home
    Simon’s father, David Katz, told reporters that s’mores were one of Simon’s favorite treats, but he mistakenly ate one that was made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It is presumed the peanut butter was the trigger of his allergic response.

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Andrea MarianoA student who had just begun her college studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, died as a result of a severe allergic reaction, the school website reports.

The family of Andrea Mariano of Thornhill, Ontario indicated the cause of her death was anaphylaxis. While they provided no details as to the likely allergen trigger, Allergic Living magazine reports that Ms Mariano was known to have a severe peanut allergy.

The Queen’s University website stated that flags on campus will be flown at half-staff and that grief counseling is available through the University’s health services. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Mariano Family and friends of Ms Mariano.

We know that many parents of young adults with food allergies are concerned as they send their children off to school. We urge you to take every opportunity to remind them to protect themselves by following some basic guidelines:

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hopefloatsTwo women who served on the boards of disaster relief organizations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy decided to continue their work to support Long Island families. Together, Theresa DePietto and Jennifer Aulino founded Hope Floats, a non-profit providing financial and logistical assistance to Long Island families affected by medical emergencies, disabilities, loss, and poverty.

At the beginning of the school year, Theresa, Jennifer and a team of volunteers assembled and distributed packets to families of the Babylon school where Theresa’s daughter Ava is a student. Each packet provided educational information about food allergies, a copy of the Safe Snack Guide, and samples of two peanut butter alternatives, SunButter and WowButter (both members of the Manufacturer Partnership.)

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Now that the kids are back readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmetickin, it’s time for the 2015 Back-to-School update of the Safe Snack Guide and Allergence! We’re pleased to announce the addition of new products from the latest member to join our Manufacturer Partnership as well as new offers.

New Partner

PhillySwirlPhillySwirl – specializes in refreshing Philadelphia-style Italian ice products that are swirled together in delicious flavor combinations. Their products featured in the Guide are all marketed free of the “Top 8” allergens including peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. Click here to learn more about their products including their store finder.

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A generally happy time of year for most parents is often fraught with anxiety for parents of children with food allergies. Will my child be safe? Will she feel an outcast at the nut-free table? Will they use his auto-injector quickly and correctly if he suffers a reaction? Will the teacher follow the details of his 504 plan?

Here’s a message to all you moms and dads who have prepared by sweating every little detail, like quizzing the allergist, coaching their children, and engaging with the school administration: Take a deep breath, relax with your favorite cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) and know that you’ve done the best for your child. You are your child’s superhero!

Be Inclusive!While no superhero is infallible, this is not the time to second guess all that you’ve done. Rest assured that there’s always time to reengage with school administration if things aren’t going the way you anticipated.

Did a child show up to your child’s nut-free classroom with a PB&J? Was there a class celebration involving a food that you didn’t approve? Did someone question your child self-carrying an auto-injector when it was agreed prior to the school year? Speak up, and be confident in the knowledge that your fellow FA parents are doing the same, everywhere.

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SSG-Update-FB-BlogIconWe’re pleased to announce the addition of many products from new and existing members of our Manufacturer Partnership as well as clarifications to text that appears on our cover page.

New Partners welcomes two manufacturers that have joined our partnership, now numbering over 50 companies. By doing so, they have committed to providing much greater disclosure regarding their processing of 11 allergens than is required by the FDA on the label.

Logo GOE 73x73Goetze’s Candy is a family owned company located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1895, Goetze’s Candy has been making sweet treats in the USA for over 120 years. The firm produces iconic Caramel Creams® and Cow Tales®, both manufactured in a facility free of peanuts and tree nuts. Click here to learn more about Goetze’s and their products.

Logo TRP 73x73Triann’s Pantry specializes in quick, easy, delicious baking mixes free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, rice and corn that are manufactured in their own dedicated facility free of these allergens. Click here to learn more about Triann’s and their products.

New Products

PAS Logo 73x73We’ve added organic, dark chocolate chips and mini-bars from the Pascha Chocolate Company. Pascha specializes in gourmet dark chocolate completely free of all 8 major allergens (and more) with no taste compromise. Click here to learn more about Pascha and their products.

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