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Food Allergy Recalls / Sept 21 2018: MyoWhey Chocolate Cookie Crunch (US)
« Last post by GingerPye on September 24, 2018, 11:07:22 AM »
      Purus Labs, Inc of Plano, Texas is recalling MyoWhey Chocolate Cookie Crunch,because it may contain undeclared milk and soy. This only effects products with Lot number PL: 0100518 Exp: 04/2020. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
MyoWhey was distributed through online mail orders to AR, TX, FL, MI, VA, and OK. MyoWhey was available through retail stores in TX, CA, OK, CO, and MO. MyoWhey was also available internationally in Chile and UAE.
MyoWhey Chocolate Cookie Crunch is sold in a white plastic container with a net weight of 5 pounds or 2.26 kg. Affected products can be identified by lot number PL: 0100518 Exp: 04/2020 which is printed on the bottom of the container.
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: Sweet Loren's Place & Bake Cookie Dough
« Last post by hezzier on September 23, 2018, 09:44:39 AM »
We ended up getting together with our neighbors for dinner so we went back to the store bought all the flavors so we could do a taste test.  It was perfect since my neighbor is dairy free due to Crohn's.

The sugar cookies really spread out flat.
The chocolate and the chocolate chip ones did not spread as much.

I cooked them like the directions said, but it seems like they could have used more time.  They were really soft and fell apart while cooling, more than regular cookie.

We all liked the flavor so a win for when you want to either make a few cookies or don't have enough time to make cookies from scratch.
Reactions & Stories / Re: In Memory: Remembering those who've had fatal food reactions
« Last post by Macabre on September 23, 2018, 08:28:36 AM »

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed during a flight from Heathrow to Nice on 17 July last year.

Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha, from Fulham, London, died within hours, West London Coroner's Court will hear.

Pret a Manger said it was "deeply saddened" by the death.

Natasha's father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said in a statement: "It's a daily battle and the pain is indescribable."

Mr Ednan-Laperouse, the founder of Wow Toys company, said: "As a family now of three, my wife, son and I are still trying to adjust to life without our beloved girl.

"Everything we say and do is a reminder that she isn't with us - her empty bedroom, school uniform hanging in her wardrobe, her holiday bag packed for her holiday in Nice has never been unpacked. We can't bear to."

A spokesperson for Pret said: "We were deeply saddened to hear about Natasha's tragic death, and our heartfelt thoughts are with her family and friends."

Image caption Natasha had eaten a baguette just before boarding the flight to Nice
Natasha ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette bought from the main Pret a Manger shop in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport, said the family's solicitors, Leigh Day.

It is believed the sesame was baked into the baguette, rather than contained in seeds on its crust, said Pret.

The teenager collapsed on the British Airways flight and later died in hospital in Nice.

Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Toronto
« Last post by Ciel on September 21, 2018, 07:10:02 PM »
Yeah, that sounds about right. It can be a bit of a gamble, and also it will always be cooler closer to the lake. Walking around downtown in areas that have a lot of tall buildings get that wind corridor effect.

Iím not sure that Iíve ever pinned down exactly where you are Mary, youíre always mentioning jaunting off to this or that city that seem so far apart to me when I look at a map, so I assume that youíre triangulated somewhere in the middle. I would guess that your climate is probably similar.

This is what the weather was like for April 2018:
Main Discussion Board / Re: Food challenges
« Last post by PurpleCat on September 21, 2018, 05:16:07 PM »
Before each of my DD's food challenges, they did a blood test, not a skin prick test.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Toronto
« Last post by spacecanada on September 21, 2018, 04:50:17 PM »
Other, more local, members can chime in, but I'd say highs of around 10-14C and lows of 1-5C. 
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Spring Break trip ideas - multiple food allergies
« Last post by spacecanada on September 21, 2018, 04:46:50 PM »
Oooh, pick me, pick me!  (for travel advice, that is...)

Yes, Atlantis is fantastic about allergies, as is Disney's Vero Beach Resort and a select group of cruise ships.  The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda is also quite good with allergies.  There are a few all-inclusive resorts I could recommend, as well -- though that list is extremely limited not always by the resort's capabilities but by the standard of medical care nearby.   

The Disney ships are truly the best with school-age kids (age 3 to 17) and food allergies (though I don't know how old your kids are...) and their medical facilities are also the best equipped for kids.  And yes, they can handle anaphylaxis and have full life support and med-evac capabilities with the US or local Coast Guard when necessary.  You could pick a cruise that docks in port most days, so you know that hospitals are easily accessible -- though in some ports they would actually transport you back to the ship because its medical facilities are better than some local hospitals (in smaller, more remote areas, that is.)  A Transatlantic cruise may not be a good idea for your first cruise, in that regard, but many Caribbean or European itineraries would be nice.

There's also a restaurant chain in several beach communities that is excellent with food allergies: Lulu's:

Clearwater, Florida is another nice option, with plenty to do -- though you'd probably want to rent a villa and cook your own food, so that may not be ideal unless you split the stay at Disney or a cruise (a 2-hour drive away), where the chefs will cater to everyone. 

Hmmm... so many options... but you'll want to book now as Spring Break is prime vacation time and many places book solid up to a year in advance - seriously.  I just looked up one popular destination for Spring Break dates here and they only have large suites left, at a ridiculously high rate.
Main Discussion Board / Re: Food challenges
« Last post by spacecanada on September 21, 2018, 04:28:32 PM »
I've always heard that SPT can stay positive for several years after an allergy is outgrown, so maybe that's why no SPT prior to challenge?
I heave heard or read something about this as well.  Some allergists will do a SPT, some will not. The SPT isn't a definitive test anyway, and other factors are considered to offer a challenge, like lowering blood counts. 

I had a food challenge earlier this year.   The allergist started with a really small dose of my allergen, barely a speck, watched and waited, and then increased the dose every 20-30 minutes or so over the course of three hours until I ate a pinky finger-size piece of potato in one dose (it was a test for potato, in case that isn't obvious.)  My challenge wasn't a full pass, as I had multiple minor symptoms, but it was worthwhile.  I was scared, but I brought a teddy bear (yes, I'm an adult - and yes, I still need my teddy), plenty of books, my husband, and many other distractions to keep my mind occupied. 

Between doses you are carefully monitored and every little symptom is recorded and attended to.  This way, they can spot a reaction in it's earliest stages, treat it quickly, and monitor to see if it progresses.  Most 'fails' only end in minor reactions, though some people do experience anaphylaxis.  Ask your allergist for what symptoms to watch for and what treatment they will provide for each -- it may help you understand what to expect if things go poorly, and when to alert the nurse or allergist if they don't notice first.  (We had at least one member here have an allergist that wasn't so attentive and missed a severe reaction happening.)  Hopefully that's not the case, everything goes well, and your child passes -- the best outcome! 
Main Discussion Board / Re: Food challenges
« Last post by rebekahc on September 21, 2018, 02:51:06 PM »
I've always heard that SPT can stay positive for several years after an allergy is outgrown, so maybe that's why no SPT prior to challenge?
Main Discussion Board / Re: Food challenges
« Last post by joshsmom on September 21, 2018, 01:20:44 PM »
They wonít do his sesame☹️ His SPT has always been negative but his IGE is 1.9
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