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Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Kodiak Cake products...frozen are made in PN/TN free facility
« Last post by hezzier on January 22, 2022, 12:34:44 PM »
So on a FB group, people were talking about a protein flour you could get from Kodiak so I went looking.  Found things with almond, but didn't necessarily see anything else so sent an email.  This is what I got back...so may buy the pancakes for DS to try at some point.


Thanks for reaching out to us. Below is our full allergen statement for your use.
 
The reason we say that our mixes do contain trace amounts, even if it is highly likely that they don't, is because there is no grey area as far as the FDA is concerned. If the facility has nuts present, there are trace amounts, plain and simple. Any product that is produced on shared lines will endure a top to bottom cleaning process that lasts anywhere from 7-8 hours before another product can be produced.
 
We now produce many of our mixes in a peanut free facility. If you do not see a prompt on our packaging for trace amounts of peanuts, you can be sure that the mix was made in our peanut free facility.
 
The following nuts and all varieties are present in our dry product facilities: Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts.
 
If any grain or flour other than whole grains are used as an ingredient in our products, it will be called out clearly in the ingredients section and allergen warning on our products. We do not share lines with, or use sesame in our products.
 
All of our frozen products are made in a nut-free and peanut free facility.
 
In addition, we want you to know that we are working diligently on making all of our dry mix plants nut-free as well. It’s been a slow process, but we are making headway!
 
Let us know if you need any other information from us. We are always happy to help!


Ashlee
Kodiak™  |  8163 Gorgoza Pines Road, Park City, Utah 84098.
 

 
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Food Allergy Recalls / Dr. Snack Goji Berry
« Last post by GoingNuts on January 22, 2022, 06:27:19 AM »
BCS International Corp. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Dr. Snack Goji Berry”

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Company Announcement Date:
January 19, 2022
FDA Publish Date:
January 21, 2022
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Undeclared sulfites
Company Name:
BCS International Corp.
Brand Name:
Dr. Snack
Product Description:
Goji berry
Company Announcement
BCS International Corp. Long Island City, NY, is recalling its 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce and 9 ounce containers and 5 pound packages of “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” food treats because they contained undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. The product comes in 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce and 9 ounce, clear plastic containers and 5 pound cardboard boxes marked with UPC Codes 80555492205, 80555493218, 80555494216 or 80555470198.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in “Dr Snack Goji Berry” which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” revealed they contained 13.6 milligrams per serving.

Consumers who have purchased 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce and 9 ounce containers and 5 pound package of “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-392-3355.

Thank you,

Best Regards,

Dan Choi / Purchasing Manager

BCS International Corp.

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Consumers:
BCS International Corp.
 718-392-3355
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Food Allergy Recalls / Amy’s Organic Vegan Mac and Cheeze
« Last post by GoingNuts on January 21, 2022, 05:49:33 PM »
Kitchen
ALLERGY & INGREDIENTS ALERT
January 20, 2022
Milk Allergy Alert: Amy's Kitchen
Amy’s Kitchen Voluntarily Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in a Single Lot of Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze

Petaluma, California – Amy’s Kitchen is initiating a voluntary Class I recall of Lot 60J0421 of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze due to the potential of having trace amounts of milk, which is not declared on the product label. The company is recalling this single lot out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk.  Such consumers should not eat Lot 60J0421 of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze to avoid the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.   

This recall only involves Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze containing the following “Best By” date, UPC and Lot Code:

Product Name
Best Before Date
UPC
Lot Code
Territory
Size
Vegan Organic Mac & Cheeze   Best Before 10/2023   42272-00043   60J0421   US   8-ounce
 

Amy’s is working with its retail and distribution customers nationwide to ensure that any remaining inventory of the impacted lot of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze is removed from distribution. No other Amy’s Kitchen products are impacted.

Consumers should check their home freezers for the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze with Lot Code 60J0421, and should not consume them. Please discard or return the affected product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

After receiving a test result from a third-party laboratory indicating one of the meals in the lot contained trace amounts of milk protein, Amy’s immediately contacted the FDA and is notifying all customers to discard any product on shelves or in distribution. In total, 15,626 cases of Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze are being recalled.

At Amy’s Kitchen, the safety of consumers is the top priority. Amy’s follows the highest possible food safety and quality control standards to ensure the safety and full enjoyment of its meals and is committed to implementing corrective actions flowing from the investigation of this event.   

Consumers may contact Amy’s Consumer Relations team with any questions at 800-643-0570.  Representatives are available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Our Son Passed Away
« Last post by mumaluke on January 21, 2022, 01:53:56 PM »
Thank you, everyone. There is a virtual service tomorrow.

I have to routinely ask patients at work if they had a flu shot and I just want to yell and scream at (and educate) the ones who say they never get it because the flu doesn’t kill people.  :rant:

Hi Space - Here is a great resource for patients that are hesitant about receiving their annual flu vaccine. https://vaccinateyourfamily.org/flu-toolkit-2021-22/

Vaccinate Your Family is a great organization with many resources regarding all vaccines - https://vaccinateyourfamily.org/

I hope this helps!! 
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Food Allergy Recalls / Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips
« Last post by GoingNuts on January 20, 2022, 06:44:47 AM »
Lily’s Sweets Voluntarily Recalls Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips Due to Undeclared Presence of Soy Lecithin

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Company Announcement Date:
January 14, 2022
FDA Publish Date:
January 14, 2022
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
May contain undeclared soy lecithin
Company Name:
Lily’s Sweets
Brand Name:
Lily’s
Product Description:
Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips
Company Announcement
Lily’s Sweets, is voluntarily recalling 18,855 cases of 7-ounce Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips due to the presence of soy lecithin. People who have a severe allergy or sensitivity to soy should not consume these products.

The product was a limited holiday seasonal offering available exclusively at Walmart stores in the United States.  The impacted products are identified in the table below.  No other Lily’s products are included in this recall.

The following product is subject to recall:

UPC Number   Package   Description   Lot Code Information (BB followed by)
8-10003-46159-9   7 oz Pouch   Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips   01/24/2023 BS
01/25/2023 AS, 01/25/2023 BS, 01/25/23 CS
01/26/2023 AS, 01/26/2023 BS, 01/26/23 CS
01/27/2023 AS, 01/27/2023 BS, 01/27/23 CS
01/28/2023 AS, 01/28/2023 BS
01/31/2023 AS, 01/31/2023 BS
02/01/2023 AS, 02/01/2023 BS, 02/01/23 CS
02/02/2023 AS, 02/02/2023 BS, 02/02/23 CS
02/03/2023 AS, 02/03/2023 BS, 02/03/23 CS
02/04/2023 AS, 02/04/2023 BS
The error was discovered after consumers contacted the company and reported finding the white candy pieces mixed with Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips. We have determined that the error occurred at a co-manufacturer. The white disc-shaped candy pieces contain soy lecithin, sugar, and other ingredients that are not present in Lily’s Peppermint Flavor chips. Individuals with a severe allergy to soy should not consume this product.

There have been no reports of illness or injury, to date.  Lily’s is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased affected product are urged to contact the company for a full refund by completing a contact form at https://lilys.com/pages/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer or by calling Lily’s consumer contact line at (877)587-0557.

Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jeff Beckman at jbeckman@hersheys.com.

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Consumers:
Lily’s
 (877) 587-0557
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Main Discussion Board / FARE WEBINAR
« Last post by GoingNuts on January 12, 2022, 02:10:09 PM »
Presenter
Julie C.H. Brake, MS, RDN, LD

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
​​​​Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER TODAY
 
Summary: Reading ingredients and asking how every food is prepared before taking the first bite is exhausting. Most people can eat without worrying about a trace of an allergen making them sick. Eating with food allergies isn’t the normal or typical way to choose foods and eat. However, people with food allergies can still eat normally. There is freedom to eat, even with food allergies! This webinar will share how those with food allergies and their caregivers can manage food allergies but still enjoy freedom to eat. Principles of hunger, fullness, and enjoyment will be discussed, as well as eating in restaurants and social situations. Apps for professionals to support patients and families will also be addressed.

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

Follow personal guidelines for managing allergies while still eating by the body’s cues.
Understand how to enjoy freedom to eat even in restrictive situations.
Focus on what can and should be eaten rather than what cannot.
Registration is FREE, and all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar.

FARE is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive one Continuing Professional Education unit (CPEU) for completion of this course.

Please send questions in advance to Karie Mulkowsky at kmulkowsky@foodallergy.org.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Venom Allergy Question
« Last post by hezzier on January 12, 2022, 06:14:15 AM »
I personally have not, haven't had enough allergy symptoms for long enough to bother.  DS had 4 shots for 5 years for grasses, trees, weeds, molds and dust mites (might have been something else thrown in there but can't remember).  They worked for him.  He has a couple days a year when he's having allergy symptoms.

It just seemed so promising so I guess we are surprised.

So now the question is why continue if it's not doing anything?  It's not exactly convenient for her to get them on campus either. 
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Venom Allergy Question
« Last post by Janelle205 on January 12, 2022, 01:27:05 AM »
Hezz, have you ever had to do allergy shots?

I only ask because my Mom, my brother and I all did 7+ years of allergy shots for environmentals (all of us multiple injections at a time because they wouldn't all "fit" in one), and they didn't work for any of us.  My last allergist said that it was rare but wasn't the first time he had seen something similar, and there was probably something genetic going on that they don't understand - and isn't common enough to be a research priority. 
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Venom Allergy Question
« Last post by hezzier on January 11, 2022, 08:10:36 PM »
Yes, She had shots for yellow jacket and wasp....nothing else was mixed in as far as we know.  Environmentals have never been tested, but have gotten worse over the years but still fairly mild, nothing that zyrtec can't handle. 

The only other piece that is also weird is that Cold Urticaria showed up somewhere after the first year of shots, but took DD a while to realize what was happening because it was so infrequent, then took her a while to tell me.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Venom Allergy Question
« Last post by YouKnowWho on January 11, 2022, 07:49:44 PM »
Were the allergy shots specifically for venom?

My friend’s husband did an aggressive 6mo treatment for his and knock wood, has not had another reaction since (still carries epinephrine because he often camps or works on their land which is an hour away from reasonable medical care).
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