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Navigating Food Allergies in Medical, Elder Care, and Correctional Facilities: Disability Laws and Your Rights

Laurel Francoeur
Mary Vargas

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. Ė 2:00 p.m. ET

Summary: Food allergy management poses unique challenges for patients receiving hospital care, residents of nursing homes or assisted living communities, and individuals who are incarcerated. Injury or illness can make it difficult for hospital patients and care facility residents to communicate about their food allergies, and imprisonment also limits communications and choices. Medical, elder care, and prison facilities must make modifications to create and maintain a safe environment for individuals under their care. In the final webinar of our five-part series on food allergy patient rights, we will discuss the rights of patients, seniors and prisoners with food allergies and learn what the law requires of these often large and complex institutions to ensure safe food allergy management practices.

Registration is FREE, and all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar.
Food Allergy Recalls / Wel Pac Shrimp Soup Stock
« Last post by GoingNuts on November 30, 2021, 05:36:19 AM »
JFC International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Fish (Bonito, Sardine, Tuna) in Wel Pac Shrimp Soup Stock

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company's announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

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Company Announcement Date:
November 22, 2021
FDA Publish Date:
November 23, 2021
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Undeclared fish allergen (bonito, sardine, tuna)
Company Name:
JFC International, Inc.
Brand Name:
Product Description:
Shrimp Powdered Soup Stock
Company Announcement
JFC International Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling a Wel-Pac Shrimp Dashi No Moto soup stock because it was found to contain undeclared fish (Bonito, Sardine, Tuna).     Individuals who have allergies to fish (Bonito, Sardine, Tuna) run the risk of a serious life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.  No incidents have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

The products were distributed to retail stores in the state of Hawaii.

JFC International Inc. is recalling the following product:




Lot Code

Wel-Pac Shrimp Dashi No Moto   1.75 OZ   0 11152 83660 7   All Lots
The Wel-Pac Shrimp Dashi No Moto comes in a carton box marked with an exterior blue border and yellow circle imprinted with shrimp artwork.

The recall was initiated after JFC was notified of an undeclared allergen by the manufacturer.  JFC immediately responded to this issue and has already taken action to cease sales and distribution of the affected product. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact JFC International Inc. at 800-633-1004, Monday Ė Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PST, or by e-mail at

Company Contact Information
JFC International Inc
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Re: Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by spacecanada on November 29, 2021, 09:14:55 PM »
In addition to the above, reaction history is more important than test results. A good allergist will consider this and, if needed, offer a supervised food challenge to further investigate. I've had several of my allergens test negative and then I very clearly failed the food challenge. The allergist could then clearly diagnose an allergy. This may be what is required for a combination food allergy. I've heard of combination allergies before, but I don't know much about it.

And yes, get two EpiPens (or Allerjects/Auvi-Q, Jext pens, Emerade... whatever... some sort of epinephrine autoinjector) as the current recommendations are to have two always available in case one pen misfires or if a second dose is needed.
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Re: Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by GoingNuts on November 28, 2021, 02:37:24 PM »
Aaah, family history of food allergies. The plot thickens.  ;)
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Re: Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by afcbird1 on November 28, 2021, 02:28:30 PM »
Wow, I didn't realize anaphylaxis had different levels. Thank you for the info! I have seen an allergist in the past and had blood tests done, but it hasn't been all too helpful. So far as they are concerned, I have no allergies because there's no way to test for a combination of foods. All tests come back negative for allergies. I will be making an appointment again as soon as possible with an allergist to see if anything has changed and to obtain an epi pen. We do have them (epi pens) in the house, since my brothers have severe nut allergies, but I see the value in carrying my own. I'll try to keep a food log, as well.
Thank you again,
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Re: Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by GoingNuts on November 28, 2021, 02:18:04 PM »
Hi afcbird - I agree with Rebekah. You most definitely are experiencing anaphylaxis (a lot of people think that as long as they can breathe, itís not anaphylaxis) and need an Epipen pronto.

I also agree with maki g an appointment with a board certified allergist, preferably one with food allergy experience. And keeping a food diary is a good idea too.

As far as combination allergies is concerned, the only thing that Iíve heard of is alcohol exacerbating reactions.

Good luck - let us know what happens!
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Re: Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by rebekahc on November 28, 2021, 12:27:40 PM »
Iíve never heard of food combination allergies, but I have heard of other combination allergies such as wheat and exercise. My daughter used to react to spandex and blue dye combined - so blue tights or stretchy blue jeans. But thatís the extent of my knowledge Iím afraid.

However, the reactions you describe are most definitely anaphylaxis and you really should see a allergist for further advice and GET AN EPI PEN. Attached below is an anaphylaxis grading chart so you can see where your reactions fall the GI symptoms you describe put you at at least grade III anaphylaxis).

I hope you are able to get advice from an allergist soon, but until then I would suggest being very careful of what youíre eating and consider keeping a journal of what you eat and symptoms. It may be that youíre having mild symptoms to several things and the combination is just too much for you to handle.
Welcome and Introduce Yourself / Weird combination allergy-wanting answers
« Last post by afcbird1 on November 27, 2021, 09:37:10 PM »
I've had a bizarre allergy to a combination of foods since I was a child. We somehow narrowed it down to if I eat chocolate and paprika (spice) within the same day, I have a moderately severe reaction. I have ended up in the hospital several times due to this reaction, and I want to know: 1) Is this even possible/real? 2) Is there a way to get rid of it, other than just avoiding one or both foods?

I know right away when I'm having a reaction. Something just feels wrong. Then I start itching. After a few minutes I get severe stomach cramps and vomiting (one ER doc said this is due to internal hives?) If untreated with antihistamines, I get external hives as well and vomit and have diarrhea until I'm so dehydrated I have to be taken to the emergency room. I've never gone into anaphylaxis, thank goodness, and I don't react at all when I have the foods separately.

The problem is, this reaction is happening all the time, and I'm sick of it!! The other day I ate some cake my brother brought home, unaware it was made with cocoa. That night we went out for Mexican food and I ordered the rojo salsa with my enchiladas. I was sick for several days! Please advise.

Thank you,
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: Betty Crocker Sprinkles - Rainbos Nonpareils
« Last post by SilverLining on November 27, 2021, 06:04:43 PM »
I also trust their cake mixes.

DIL made an amazing dump cake with one last time they came for dinner.
Commercial Links / Cuisine mobile app - soon with allergen information
« Last post by cuisinefoodapp on November 27, 2021, 02:43:08 PM »
Good afternoon,

On December 15th, our recipe and food inventory mobile app Cuisine will be releasing a major update. The new functionality in this updated version will be focused on food allergies and intolerances.

More specifically, Cuisine will be able to display allergen and intolerance information for all ingredients in recipes included in the app as well as any recipe imported from the most popular recipe websites and recipes added by our users.

Additionally, Cuisine will provide the same allergen and intolerance information about products our users purchase in stores and then scan into the app using the barcode.

For our Canadian and American customers who can view rebates on products from their local merchants, allergen and intolerance information will also be displayed.

Cuisine believes in the safety of all our users and their loved ones which is why it is important for this information to be displayed in the app.

To learn more about Cuisine, you can go to You can also visit our Facebook page (, Twitter or Instagram accounts @CuisineFoodApp ( and

You can download the app here:
- Android:
- iOS:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us with social media.

Thank you!
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