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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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auvi-qSanofi has established a process to refund out-of-pocket expenses resulting from their recall of Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors. Please follow these instructions reprinted from their website to ensure you receive timely and complete compensation:

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Please note that we have removed a number of products from the Safe Snack Guide and Allergence, our interactive product screening service:

  • All Ian’s Brand Products

This is not a product safety advisory: Elevation Brands – the parent company of Ian’s – has opted to withdraw from our Manufacturer Partnership. As we no longer have a relationship with the manufacturer that provides us with the timely product data we require from all partners, we are removing their products from our publications.

We hope Elevation Brands will rejoin our partnership at a later date. Until then, please direct all inquiries to the company.

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auvi-qAdditional information has been published clarifying the reason behind Sanofi’s recall of all Auvi–Q® and Allerject® epinephrine auto-injectors in the US and Canada.

While in their original press release, Sanofi stated the reason for the recall was “potential inaccurate dosage delivery”,  an article published Thursday evening by Dow Jone Business News quotes a spokeswoman for Sanofi stating the Auvi-Q devices in question “potentially delivered too little epinephrine or none at all.”

The company, which announced the recall while presenting their third-quarter results, expects the related costs to the firm will be $150 million in net income.

In regard to the availability of alternative auto-injectors, the article quotes a spokesman for CVS saying: “We don’t anticipate any widespread shortages or problems meeting demand”, and a Walgreens spokesman saying that about 95% of its stores have EpiPens in stock and are “in good position to meet any increased consumer demand.”

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Sanofi US has issued a Question and Answer segment as part of the announcement of their voluntary recall of all Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors. Here follows the Q&A:

What is the potential or theoretical risk if the recalled product is administered to patients?

The current manufacturing issues are not related to the drug epinephrine. However, the products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. If a patient experiencing a serious allergic reaction (i.e. anaphylaxis) did not receive the intended dose, there could be significant health consequences, including death because anaphylaxis is a potentially life‑threatening condition.

You say this is a voluntary recall, but did the FDA advise you to recall Auvi‑Q?

We discovered these issues as part of our routine manufacturer quality review and reported our findings to U.S. FDA. As a precautionary measure and in cooperation with the FDA, we are voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q currently in the market.

What should U.S. consumers do if they have this product?

People with an Auvi‑Q device are being asked to call 1‑866‑726‑6340, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return Auvi‑Q. They may also email They should also immediately contact their healthcare providers for prescriptions for alternate epinephrine auto‑injectors. Details about reimbursement will be available on www.Auvi‑ as soon as they are available.

Will patients have to pay for their replacement medication?

Initially, patients will need to pay for their replacement device. Sanofi US will reimburse patients for the full out‑of‑pocket cost when they receive a new epinephrine auto‑injector.

Have you alerted healthcare professionals?

Yes, we have actively been in contact with healthcare professionals.

What drug can be substituted as the replacement for Auvi‑Q?

Auvi‑Q is one of three epinephrine auto‑injectors available in the U.S. The other two are EpiPen® and Adrenaclick®.

What should a patient do if the Auvi‑Q product they have fails to work?

Please immediately call 911 or local medical emergency services for emergency medical attention. Any adverse event that may be related to the use of this product should be reported either to Sanofi US or to FDA’s MedWatch Program.

Do you expect to ultimately reintroduce this product in the U.S.? If so, when?

Our focus right now is on patient safety and resolving the issues. Once our investigation is complete and we have corrected any related issues, we will announce our future plans at a later date.

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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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marianoGlobal News has provided additional details regarding the Andrea Mariano tragedy. The teen, who was enjoying her second day of campus life as a psychology student at Queen’s University in Ontario Friday, perished as a result of an anaphylactic reaction.

Ms Mariano, who was allergic to both dairy and peanuts, consumed a smoothie that was cross-contaminated with one of her allergens. It is unclear whether the smoothie came from a campus outlet or the university dining hall, and which allergen was the cause.

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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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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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