Safe Snack Guide

Safe Snack Guide

Huge interactive list of allergy-friendly products used by thousands of schools nationwide to help keep allergens out of the classroom and the home.

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The Safe Snack Guide is a catalog of commonly available foods that we continually update throughout the year. In addition to helping families, the Guide is intended as a resource for schools, youth sports leagues, scouting groups, clubs, parties, play dates and other events where snacks may be consumed in the presence of children with food allergies.

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Map of schools that rely on the Safe Snack GuideThis list provides an effective tool for thousands of schools seeking to implement allergen exclusion policies and is relied upon by tens of thousands of parents, teachers and school nurses nationwide.

Before you rely on a snack list or compile your own, understand that due to flaws in US labeling rules, it is impossible to tell whether a product is safe from the label alone. Because of this, we spend a great deal of time working directly with manufacturers to research the products listed in the Guide. Most are members of the Manufacturer Partnership and have committed to disclose how 11 allergens are processed during the manufacture of each product.

How the Safe Snack Guide is Organized

The Guide is grouped into categories including:

Pretzels Rice Snacks Peanut Butter Alternatives Chocolate
Popcorn Crackers Cakes/Muffins Candy
Cheese Snacks Corn Chips Granola/Trail Mixes Flours/Mixes
Potato Chips Cookies Nutrition/Cereal Bars Frozen Desserts

Entries may carry a special designation as follows:

  • Items preceded by a green eight (8) are manufactured in facilities free of the Top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish) or explicitly marketed by their respective manufacturers as such.
  • Items preceded by a green check mark () are manufactured in facilities free of the peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs or explicitly marketed by their respective manufacturers as such.
  • Items with a green triangle () are manufactured in facilities free of the peanuts and tree nuts or explicitly marketed by their respective manufacturers as such.
  • Items listed in boldface have been verified by direct participation of their respective manufacturers in the Manufacturer Partnership.
  • The remaining items bear a black bullet () and are free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs as ingredients, and to the best of our knowledge are not manufactured on lines that also process these ingredients. Note that we do not have a direct relationship with these manufacturers and often rely on periodic calls to their customer service line.
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Each copy of the Guide is stamped with 3 dates located at the top of the front page:

  • The date the content was last updated;
  • The date this copy was downloaded from our site;
  • The date this copy expires. After this date you are encouraged to download a fresh copy to ensure that you never rely on information that is out of date.

Part of Your School’s Policy to Prevent Anaphylaxis

Many schools have no policies regarding snacks in the classroom leaving children with food allergies at risk of contact reactions including anaphylaxis. Still others rely on lists that are old, outdated or assume that consulting the label alone is sufficient to ensure that a food product is safe. We encourage schools to adopt the Guide as part of their respective allergen exclusion policies.
We have a number of resources that can be used in conjunction with the Guide to help drive school policy:

  • Why Your Child Can’t Bring Peanut Butter to School (And What You Can Do About It) – This is a widely distributed open letter to parents which describes the need for allergen bans in a non-confrontational manner. We encourage you to use it as a template for your child’s specific circumstances and ask the school to distribute it to fellow parents;
  • A Moms Perspective: A Guide to Registering Your Food Allergic Child for Kindergarten – This is our complete guide to engaging your school on behalf of a child with food allergies. Even if your child is older, this article suggests many policies that should be adopted by schools to help protect children from anaphylaxis.
  • Tools for Schools – Everything a teacher, school nurse, principal or PTA organization needs to implement a successful nut-free classroom policy. Resources include website badge, emergency action plan template, nut-free school/classroom signs, etc.
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Even though a great deal of time is invested researching and keeping the Guide up to date, never rely upon it as a sole resource for protecting a child with food allergies. Always read the label before purchasing a product because manufacturers may change their ingredients and processes at any time.
Your use of the Safe Snack Guide means that you have read and understand the disclaimers and warnings on the front page and agree to the Terms of Service. It is always up to the parent or guardian to consult with the manufacturer and make the final determination that a snack is safe for their child!

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