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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by spacecanada on May 18, 2018, 03:03:46 PM »
Here are some additional links:

Allergic Living: Labelling in America
https://www.allergicliving.com/2014/01/06/may-contains-on-food-labels-what-you-need-to-know/

Allergic Living: Labelling in Canada
https://www.allergicliving.com/2014/01/06/may-contains-on-canadian-food-labels/

Newly Diagnosed: Understanding Labels
http://www.allergysupportcentre.ca/understanding-labels.html

Some people are simply in denial or don't understand the severity of food allergies - even people with allergies.  I often find it easier to educate people without allergies, than those with them, oddly enough.  Good luck trying to get some messaging across in a positive manner.  I would also suggest mentioning an anaphylaxis emergency plan and creating a list of questions to ask their allergist.  That may be a good place to start - deferring questions to an allergist.  (If the allergist understands the real-world challenges of living with food allergies, that is.)
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by SilverLining on May 18, 2018, 09:27:49 AM »
Good luck. I hope something gets through to her.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by Former Member1 on May 18, 2018, 09:22:25 AM »

Number 16 on this page.

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Does FALCPA require food manufacturers to label their products with advisory statements, such as "may contain [allergen]" or "processed in a facility that also processes [allergen]?"

No. FALCPA does not address the use of advisory labeling, including statements describing the potential presence of unintentional ingredients in food products resulting from the food manufacturing process. FALCPA does require FDA to submit a report to Congress, a part of which assesses the use of, and consumer preferences about, advisory labeling. In earlier guidance, FDA advised that advisory labeling such as "may contain [allergen]" should not be used as a substitute for adherence to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). In addition, any advisory statement such as "may contain [allergen]" must be truthful and not misleading.

However, I suspect your friend will interpret that differently than what it actually says.

I think this will help.  Thank you.  (It is making me delete your link in my reply, but I saw your link.)
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by Former Member1 on May 18, 2018, 09:19:54 AM »
Here's a link to FARE's information about avoiding cross-contact especially when dining out.  It might be helpful to her.


I agree with SC that cross-contact between peanuts/tree nuts and tree nuts/other tree nuts really depends on the manufacturer.  Perhaps you could call several or go to their websites to find both safe and unsafe ones to show her.

Thanks.  This is very helpful.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by Former Member1 on May 18, 2018, 09:17:24 AM »
In all fairness, peanuts are not tree nuts and many people with tree nut allergies can successfully eat peanuts. The trick here is to finding peanut products that have no cross contact with or traces of tree nuts. Many major brand peanut butters (Kraft is the only one I can think of) are free from tree nuts.

I am on my phone now but will try to find a link about labelling laws later. Are you in Canada or America - or elsewhere?

I am in the U.S.  Yes, the issue is cross contact.  She is not allergic to peanuts, but insists that if there is no warning about cross contact with almonds or macadamia then the peanuts are processed free of cross contact.
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Food Allergy Recalls / May 17 2018: ALDI stores Priano Rosso Pesto Sauce (US)
« Last post by GingerPye on May 18, 2018, 08:36:47 AM »
May 17, 2018
Contact
Consumers
ALDI US
 1-800-325-7894
Consumers
BLM US
 920-698-2561
Announcement

BLM Prod.-u. Vertriebsges. mbH & Co. KG, is voluntarily recalling Priano Rosso Pesto Sauce as it may contain undeclared milk and egg.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
In cooperation with ALDI, the affected product has been removed from its stores. ALDI is the only retailer with this product. The affected product was packaged in a 6.70 oz. glass jar with a multicolored printed paper label and a twist-off metal lid. The UPC code is 041498147631. The best-by date and lot codes affected are;
Lot Code
Best-By-Date
LA 016
07-16-2019, 07-01-2019
LA 017
07-17-2019, 07-01-2019, 09-17-2019
LA 052
08-21-2019
LA 053
08-22-2019
LA 085
09-26-2019
LAB 312
05-08-2019
LAB 324
05-20-2019
LAB 325
05-21-2019
The best-by-date and lot code are marked by ink on the back label.
The product was available for purchase in the following states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.
The product was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles areas through the company's partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
To date, no illnesses related to this product have been reported. No other ALDI or BLM products are affected by this recall.
If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local ALDI store for a full refund.
Customers who have questions about this recall may contact ALDI customer service via aldi.us/customer-service or 1-800-325-7894, Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.
The product recall was initiated after it was discovered in a label review that the product containing egg and milk was delivered with a label not explicitly indicating the presence of those ingredients. BLM sincerely regrets any inconvenience and concern this voluntary recall may cause.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by SilverLining on May 17, 2018, 04:31:26 PM »
https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/allergens/ucm059116.htm

Number 16 on this page.

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Does FALCPA require food manufacturers to label their products with advisory statements, such as "may contain [allergen]" or "processed in a facility that also processes [allergen]?"

No. FALCPA does not address the use of advisory labeling, including statements describing the potential presence of unintentional ingredients in food products resulting from the food manufacturing process. FALCPA does require FDA to submit a report to Congress, a part of which assesses the use of, and consumer preferences about, advisory labeling. In earlier guidance, FDA advised that advisory labeling such as "may contain [allergen]" should not be used as a substitute for adherence to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). In addition, any advisory statement such as "may contain [allergen]" must be truthful and not misleading.

However, I suspect your friend will interpret that differently than what it actually says.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by rebekahc on May 17, 2018, 04:12:26 PM »
Here's a link to FARE's information about avoiding cross-contact especially when dining out.  It might be helpful to her.

https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/living-well-everyday/avoiding-cross-contact

I agree with SC that cross-contact between peanuts/tree nuts and tree nuts/other tree nuts really depends on the manufacturer.  Perhaps you could call several or go to their websites to find both safe and unsafe ones to show her.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by spacecanada on May 17, 2018, 03:40:09 PM »
In all fairness, peanuts are not tree nuts and many people with tree nut allergies can successfully eat peanuts. The trick here is to finding peanut products that have no cross contact with or traces of tree nuts. Many major brand peanut butters (Kraft is the only one I can think of) are free from tree nuts.

I am on my phone now but will try to find a link about labelling laws later. Are you in Canada or America - or elsewhere?
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Need help for MFA friend
« Last post by Former Member1 on May 17, 2018, 01:36:46 PM »
Thank you.  I went to the FDA website and I cannot find anything about what is not required, only what is required.  She really is convinced that companies are required to list shared equipment.  Do you have any other ideas where I can find something saying they are not?  I went to the FARE website before I posted, but there really was not anything useful there.  I have noticed that they don`t really give advice.  It is pretty standard if someone is TNA that the allergist advises them to avoid all tree nuts and also peanuts.  I don`t think she is going to believe me until I find an article or a link. The fact that she has had numerous severe reactions does not seem to be convincing her.  She described throat closing and her eyes getting so swollen that her vision was blurring, yet she continues to eat peanuts because she is not allergic to them.  I almost feel like she needs an intervention of some sort.  It reminds me of posts that were on here years ago when the child was TNA/PNA and the relatives would not give up their nuts at Thanksgiving dinner.

For some reason it won`t let me post under the  user name I used yesterday, but I am the one who posted the OP.
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