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Monday, April 26, 2010

Things you find out...

So, we are slowly getting used to this "new" lifestyle. And after researching MANY brands we are becoming a bit more comfortable with the whole eating "issue".
"May Contain Traces..." is the thing you really need to watch out for. But if something mentions nothing about traces, and doesn't list it in ingredients, still CALL THE COMPANY to confirm. A person posted on our facebook page "Peanut Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness" that a family member of his was severely allergic to peanuts, and ate some fruit off a fruit tray purchased at a grocery store. The fruit had NO mention of traces (why would it, if it's fruit, right?)...but when the family member ate it, soon after she was on the floor and by the time help had arrived, it was sadly too late.
Don't let this happen to you or your loved one, lesson learned. Even if it mentions NOTHING, CALL THE COMPANY to confirm.

Some brands we've been really impressed and pleased by are...
Nestle Baby food products (snack types especially). They work with the Anaphylaxis Network to try and ensure safe foods for baby's with such allergies. Impressive!
General Mills - Super helpful and mentioned if there's ever, any chance of cross contamination it WILL indeed mention "May contain traces..."
SunnyBoy Foods (Particularly flour) - Though they don't have nuts in their factory, they aren't considered "Peanut Free"
Quaker - "Peanut Free" is listed on all "Peanut Free Items" such as granola bars.
Breton Crackers - Made in a "Peanut Free Facility"!!
Dare Real Fruit Gummies - Made in a Peanut Free Facility

Many companies out there are "Nut Free" but they don't say it on the packaging for one reason or another. So take the extra few minutes and call to find out.

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