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This one has bothered me for years... we watched 'Sleepless in Seattle' last week and one of the characters has many environmental and food allergies.  Fine, that doesn't bother me so much.  But, this character asks for his sandwich to be made with white bread because he's allergic to wheat.  Wait, what?!?   :dunce:
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: peeps
« Last post by Mezzo on Yesterday at 11:23:33 AM »
Also the ones that are on a stick with multiple peeps are not safe (last I checked).

Still true this year.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Burger King
« Last post by Mezzo on Yesterday at 11:21:02 AM »
There’s now a sign at our local one, too. Are they doing CYA labeling because of the prepackaged pie?
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Molasses
« Last post by joshsmom on Yesterday at 11:14:19 AM »
Anyone have any information on molasses? I am making bbq sauce and it calls for molasses. I have never purchased it before.

DS: peanuts, some tree nuts, sesame and sunflower,
Tip Top Poultry, Inc. Recalls Fully Cooked, Diced Chicken Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Class I Recall
Health Risk: High
Mar 23, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs
Meredith Carothers
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2019 – Tip Top Poultry, Inc., a Rockmart, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 100 pounds of frozen, fully cooked diced white chicken meat products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
The products are labeled as fully cooked diced white chicken meat products but contain fully cooked grilled chicken breast strips products. The products were produced on February 15, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

10-lb. case containing two 5-lb. plastic bag packages of “Gordon™ CHOICE All Natural* Diced White Chicken Meat,” case code 599697, and “PACKDATE 02/15/19.”
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in Michigan.
The problem was discovered after the firm received a complaint from a customer that they received fully cooked grilled chicken strips instead of fully cooked diced white chicken meat. FSIS was notified on March 22, 2019.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. 
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in restaurant and warehouse freezers. Restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to use them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Terry Bruce, senior vice president of quality operations for Top Tip Poultry, Inc., at (770) 973-8070.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Food Allergy Concierge
« Last post by hezzier on March 20, 2019, 11:20:00 AM »
I think it's great if you can afford it, but we just aren't in a place to spend that kind of money for a family of 4...honestly, that's a year of college for some places.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Food Allergy Concierge
« Last post by spacecanada on March 20, 2019, 10:46:39 AM »
The Israel trip is around US$6900 per person, which is high yet still reasonable for a guided tour with five star meals and accommodations.  (Adventures by Disney tours, for comparison -- who also have great allergy accommodations -- run around US$6400 per person on some European itineraries as well.)  That said, I agree it is beyond the affordability of most people.  The person I spoke with said they are trying to find more economical accommodations and restaurants to work with to bring down the cost for future trips.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Food Allergy Concierge
« Last post by hezzier on March 20, 2019, 09:21:43 AM »
I ran into them on FB and looked into a’s complete unaffordable for the “not rich” population, but great idea.
Traveling & Restaurants / Re: Food Allergy Concierge
« Last post by GoingNuts on March 20, 2019, 05:57:08 AM »

I have no idea how much their services cost, but this could be a terrific resource if they deliver what they promise.

My friend's family went to Israel a few years ago, and despite a tight comfort zone her DD (PN, TN, Sesame) had two minor reactions, and one severe one that resulted in her bring rushed to the hospital with a military escort from the Lebanese border.  Something like this could be a game changer for families.

I'm going to share this with my local group - thank you for sharing.
Traveling & Restaurants / Food Allergy Concierge
« Last post by spacecanada on March 20, 2019, 01:20:57 AM »
I'm posting this as me, not as my business since I have no involvement in this tour company.  However, I am curious as to what members here think of this idea.

They also have some organised tours and a safari coming up:

The tours are organised with some very high standards.  I will admit I was quite impressed by the precautions they intend to take on the tours, such as no food on the bus, kitchen supervision, keeping all meals free from as many allergens as possible in the travel group so everyone feels safe and included, and a paramedic as part of the tour group, among other things.  I spoke with an allergy mother in Israel who is helping to promote the tours, and she was looking for feedback as well.  Interesting concept, and visiting Israel and Africa with allergies would be pretty amazing. 

Just sharing, though if anyone has any specific feedback I can forward it to my contact in Israel that told me about these tours in the first place.
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