Food Allergy Recall Roundup – March, 18, 2016

RECALL ROUNDUP

Feel like you are getting inundated with all the food allergy recalls coming out?  It seems like my Facebook, Twitter and email is always getting filled up with announcements regarding recalls.  There are so many it can be pretty overwhelming!

So, to help you sort through the confusion, I will be posting all of the food allergy recalls for you all in one place.

Right here, on Fridays, I will post a list of the recalls from the past week with links to the official recall listing so you can easily access the information you need quickly and easily!  Of course, I will continue to share recalls on Facebook and Twitter as they come out because you need to know these things right away.

This Week’s Recalls

Northern Tier Bakery LLC Issues Voluntary Recall Due to Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Tuna Salad Wedge Sandwich

Be sure to click thru and get all the information for any recalls that might affect you!

Helping Your Kid Thrive!

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P.S. Have more questions or comments about recalls?  Feel free to ask me in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!

 

New Food Allergy Resolutions for A New Year

New Year: New Food Allergy Resolutions

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Welcome to 2016! Time to Tackle a New Year With Some New Food Allergy Resolutions!

It’s the beginning of a whole new year.  For me, it always feels like I get to have a fresh start.  Yes, I will still be running around trying to keep up with the demands of preparing milk and soy free food, managing my husband’s busy travel schedule, taking the girls to and from the dance studio, getting my workouts in, and, yes, I am still unpacking from our move last summer.  But, for some reason, January brings a reset in my mind that is settling, even motivating.  So, I am working on some new food allergy resolutions in 2016!

Every year I like to take some time to look back at both my successes and my failures to close out the year.  For us, 2015 had some big changes!  We finally found our home in Texas.  I launched 2 new eBooks.  The girls finished up their first year at a new dance studio and on a competitive dance team and are now well into their second year.  I still have boxes scattered in different areas of our house and many big projects to tackle from moving…

After looking back, I get to look forward…where do I want to be next year? in 2 years? 5 years? What do we as a family want life to look like both now and in the future?  I have many goals this year, but here are the ones that relate to our food allergy/intolerance journey.

Goal #1: Read more current research on food allergies.

In order to do my part of managing my girls food sensitivities, I need to understand everything that I can about the reason behind them.  This will also help me to better serve you as I learn new things about the development of new treatments and, hopefully, even cures!

Try out 1 new milk and soy free recipe each month.

Life has been busy lately.  I haven’t been making the time to find new dishes to prepare and, frankly, we are getting bored with our food!  It’s time to introduce some new dishes to our rotation.  I’d love to do it more than once a month, and maybe I will, but 12 new recipes in 1 year seems doable to me so that’s where I set my goal.

Find a new doctor for our family.

After moving to a new state last year, we looked for a doctor we thought would be near where we were buying a house so that we could get our prescriptions set up.  Unfortunately, our new house is on the other side of the city and it takes longer than I want to drive when I am sick to get there.  So, we are looking for a new family doctor who understands our various conditions and can manage the majority of our family’s needs.

What are your new food allergy resolutions?

Maybe you need to find a new doctor, or decide which vaccinations are safe for your child.  I’d love to discuss it with you!  Leave a comment below and let me know what you are working toward this year.  Or chat with me on Facebook or Twitter!

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P.S. If you are brand new to this whole food allergy and intolerance world, be sure to check out my FREE eBook Your Kid CAN Eat This! It’s a 7 day meal plan with recipes and shopping list that is free of the 8 most common allergens.

 

Food Allergy Recall Roundup – January 15, 2016

RECALL ROUNDUP

Feel like you are getting inundated with all of the food allergy recalls coming out?  It seems like my Facebook, Twitter and email is always getting filled up with announcements regarding this food allergy recall or another.  There are so many it can be pretty overwhelming!

So, to help you sort through the confusion, I will be posting all of the food allergy recalls for you all in one place.

Right here, on Fridays, I will post a list of the recalls from the past week with links to the official recall listing so you can easily access the information you need quickly and easily!  Of course, I will continue to share recalls on Facebook and Twitter as they come out because you need to know these things right away.

This Week’s Recalls

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Good Earth Egg Company Voluntarily Recalls Shell Eggs Because Of Possible Health Risk

 

Good Earth Egg Company, LLC of Bonne Terre, Missouri has announced a voluntary recall of its shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

 

Kermit, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy and Anchovies in Various Barbecue Sauce

Kermit, Inc. of DeLand, Florida is recalling products co-packed for Peddlin’ Rooster, P.O. Box 1743, DeLand, Florida 32721, because of an undeclared allergen on the label. The undeclared allergen is soy and anchovies as a ingredient in Reduced Sodium Worcestershire Sauce and Organic Ketchup that is used in making of several products.

 

Be sure to click thru and get all the information for any food allergy recall that might affect you!

Helping Your Kid Thrive!

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P.S. Have more questions or comments about recalls?  Feel free to ask me in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Do you know how to S. A. V. E. a life?

Here is a short, but very important message from the doctors at Mercy Children’s Hospital:

Do you know how to S. A. V. E.  the life of a food allergic child?

SSupport Other Kids! – Never share food with friends with food allergies.

A – Ask An Adult! – Ask an adult for help if a friend feels sick.

V – Vow To Wash! – Promise to wash your hands after you eat.

E – Earn the Title! -Earn the title “Food Allergy Action Hero” by learning all you can about food allergies!

And, if you have been prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector…ALWAY CARRY IT WITH YOU!

Anaphylaxis: Do You Know How to Recognize and Treat It?

What is Anaphylaxis?

Most people experience mild allergy symptoms like a runny nose or itchy eyes.  But, some people experience a much more severe reaction known as anaphylaxis.  This means that exposure to a common item, such as food, latex, or a medication can send them into a state of shock or even kill them.  Do you know how to recognize the signs of anaphylaxis?  It could save a life.

Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

The symptoms of anaphylaxis occur quickly and worsen rapidly.  According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hives or swelling
  • Tightness of the throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Cardiac arrest

If you experience these symptoms

If you experience these symptoms, you should use your epinephrine auto injector and call 911.  If you have experienced these symptoms in the past, be sure to talk with your doctor about whether you should be carrying epinephrine.

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An Australian Take On Food Allergies

Do your friends and extended family understand you when you try to communicate your kids needs?  If not, this video from Australian Food Allergy Awareness Week may help them!

I can relate to so many of these as a parent of 2 children with food allergies…and my children do not have a severe anaphylactic reaction!  It’s hard to let them go places where they might be exposed.  It’s important to balance safety with living a full life.

Your Kid CAN Eat This!…Really!

Have you recently been told that your child has a food allergy or intolerance?

I have been there.  Both of my daughters have a food intolerance to both milk and soy.  I remember those first days after finally figuring things out.  I had spent the last 9 months holding a screaming, puking, baby trying to soothe and comfort her.  I tried and tried to get her to eat something.  But, everything she ate…well, I think you get the picture.  Now, we finally had an answer.  I headed to the grocery store to buy food so that I could come home and feed her….

I quite literally stood on the brink of tears in the local grocery store because I could not buy anything that would not make her sick!

I felt that desperation all over again about a year ago when we moved to a new state.  I had to figure out new grocery stores.  And, while I felt a little better because we have been doing this for almost 7 years now, I still felt that panicked feeling my first trip to the grocery store.

This time, I had a secret weapon!

Several years ago, I created a simplified menu that my kids love to eat.  I kept it stored on my computer hard drive and used it when we traveled, or when it was just a really crazy week and I didn’t have as much time to spend in the kitchen.  It made a very stressful time just a bit easier for our whole family as we transitioned to a new living situation because we ate our favorite meals.

All I did was print out the shopping list and head to the store.

I came home knowing that I had everything we needed to prepare our food for the whole week – and it was all allergen-free!  And, everything was available at the new grocery store.  Sure, we ate the same meals for several weeks in a row, but nobody minded.  It was comforting to eat what was familiar with so much change going on all around us.  And, now that we are settled in, I am back to including more variety in our meals.

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Today, I am giving away this exact meal plan, complete with recipes and shopping list to you!  Visit my Your Kid CAN Eat This page to get your copy today!

Milk-free Soy-free Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

 

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Milk-free soy-free chocolate pudding pie…It almost sounds too good to be true!  But, it’s not!  I love it when I can introduce my girls to a classic dish that has been off limits to them because of their food allergies.  Earlier this year it was S’mores, now I can let them have their very first chocolate pudding pie thanks to Sarah at Don’t Feed My Monkeys.  She has recreated the classic!  It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it out for myself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the holidays with your family and their allergies

 

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Even though we have been doing this for 7 years already, it still helps to hear from other Moms who have been there and done that before me when it comes to managing our food allergies.  Daniella at Smart Allergy Friendly Education wrote this post sharing all about the struggles of enjoying the holidays with food allergies and even braces.  It is full of great ideas to help you navigate the Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Appetizer Idea

 

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With all the food restrictions and special accommodations of preparing a big feast without making those will food allergens feeling singled out, it’s nice to have an idea that is just plain fun – even if you don’t have food allergies.

At our house we tend to eat a snack style lunch because we like to have our feast around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.  So, I will be serving crackers and cold cuts and a veggie platter.  This idea from Super Healthy Kids looks like a fun and easy way to get a little extra festive with our eating.  I bet the girls could even do it themselves!