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Schools and Food Allergies / Re: Is Carrying an EpiPen at school a "Privilege"?
« Last post by name on Today at 07:58:26 PM »
No one here can give you legal advice.  You'd need to consult a licensed attorney in your state for that.  The lowest price point there may be a call to your state's Protection & Advocacy system Disability Rights California.  These offices have enabling statutes that allow them to represent disabled individuals.  The process may be frustrating, or not, DRC appears to be more robust than other state P&A, but you must go through intake in order to be reviewed for attorney assistance. 

Our child never signs what the district believes is an enforceable, viable contract and/or consent of a minor.  I always welcome them to choose wisely in response.   As an aside, many here will revert or cite federal laws which is never a bad starting place, but federal law and associated administrative agencies with jurisdiction for enforcement are not necessarily the response you need or are looking for.  State laws may raise the federal floor, and going forward without licensed counsel knowledgeable in applicable state laws may not be in your best long term interest.

My advice would be trying a quick Facebook inquiry to Allergy Law Project.  They won't give you legal advice but you may get some solid leads for a plan moving forward.  Mary and Laurell might also have some interest in this fact pattern or recommendations for an attorney in your state.  Won't cost anything to try.  Might want to tag FARE on social media if you either desire to or even have social media.  Be measured with what personal details you give out publicly.  In fact, I'd advocate a discreet direct email to someone at FARE with the appropriate job title but I understand most people prefer Facebook or Twitter.

In my personal opinion you would benefit from having a competent, licensed attorney in your state to guide you through this as a consultant, one who has proven experience in this nascent area of law (allergy/disability).  I'd be cautious in agreeing to full representation with a required retainer (significant money down) but a free initial consult followed by agreed hourly consult until representation seems sensible to both parties could provide good attorney oversight with the benefit of "issue spotting" for long term outcomes.

Of course you may hit the lottery with DRC P&A where they agree to take your case because it applies to a broad segment of disabled students with adverse impact, among other troubling issues I won't enumerate. 

No advice, but just chiming in ... we are in private school in NC and sign a similar paper every year.  I'm not sure they use the word "privilege" per se, but more like a "responsibility" and they make them sign off on a bunch of things such as carrying meds responsibly, not sharing food, etc.  She is in middle school, though.  I agree with you, though ... are students with other disabilities requiring medication (diabetes?) asked to sign a similar "privilege" form?
Hi everyone! This is my first post here. I have 2 peanut/tree allergic children, and my youngest (daughter) will be a senior next school year. After all the years of filling out school medication forms and jumping through school hoops, this year's packet is thicker than ever and contains new forms. One of the forms is asking my daughter to agree that self-carrying her epipen and inhaler is a privilege that can be revoked. I have a big problem signing that. We live in California and I don't think it's a privilege - I think it's a law. Additionally, they want me to allow the school nurse to consult my daughter's doctor and view her medical records. They are asking for her social security number and her chart number. I am hoping one of you can advise me on the legalities of what they can and can't require. Thanks in advance. Sorry for the long post.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: 110 Grill - Locations in MA and NH
« Last post by RiMom911 on Today at 04:11:28 PM »
We go often the to the 110 Grill in Chelmsford, MA.
They are always very responsive and accommodating.
We like the food, but there are limited options for my son, who is allergic to all of the top 8 allergens except for shellfish.
Traveling & Restaurants / Allergy Friendly Food in Quebec City
« Last post by RiMom911 on Today at 03:32:11 PM »
Hello All,

We are travelling to Quebec City with my 10 year old son who is allergic to most of the top 8 allergens. (Shellfish is OK).
I've read a lot of mixed reviews about dining out and food safety in Quebec City.
We are staying in an apartment with a kitchen, but would love to be able to go out to eat at least a few times with my son.
Can you please recommend any allergy-friendly restaurants? I would also really appreciate any brands or foods that we should look for (or avoid) at grocery stores.
Thanks so much for your help!
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: New Mexico
« Last post by DoubleAs on Yesterday at 01:36:32 PM »
Thanks! Chipotle is a favorite for sure! And Mod Pizza. But, always looking to try something new when possible, and neither are in Santa Fe.
Egg Allergy / Re: Baked egg challenge right now
« Last post by my3guys on Yesterday at 11:49:08 AM »
Thanks Space! So far so good! He’s had his cupcake dose daily without any issue!
Cup4Cup products are made on shared equipment as milk, so it won't work. (I just looked that up yesterday, actually.)

I just checked the bag I have in my cabinet and it actually contains milk powder so I will definitely not be using it.
July 13, 2018
Consumer Affairs
Gene Grabowski

The Pictsweet Company has recalled 960 cases of Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts because they may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.
The recall affects only Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Baby Brussels Sprouts identified by UPC code 0 70560 97731 9 with production codes beginning with the following five digits: 1508K and a “BEST IF USED BY MAY 30, 2020.” A photo of the package is included with this release. The following information is printed on the back panel of each package (bag) as shown below.
No other Pictsweet Farms products are impacted by this recall.
The states in which the product were distributed are as follows: Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The company initiated this recall after it was discovered that butter sauce containing milk and soy allergens were included in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk or soy allergens.
No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts with the code listed above may contact our consumer affairs line at 1-800-527-0986 from 9am to 5pm Central Daylight Time, Monday – Friday or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Megyn just scored big points with me.   That was a terrific segment, and I seriously appreciate that they did it. 
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