Becoming a food allergy mom has taught me how to be an excellent helicopter parent. Of course, that isn’t the type of mom that I set out to be, but following our food allergy diagnosis it was the only way that I could ensure the safety of my little men. Can you relate? Many times I feel like the food being passed in and out of our house is a controlled substance. Every label gets read, reread, and read again to ensure that we haven’t missed something. And when those labels aren’t 100% convincing, I call the company to interrogate them. Have you seen the quote…
Allergy Moms Do Better Research Than The FBI.
It’s true! The only thing the FBI have that I don’t…weapons. But then again, I have EpiPens! HA! All joking aside, one of the scariest parts of being a food allergy mom is trusting the companies. Trusting that they have, not only, listed the ingredients accurately, but also trusting that there wasn’t a mistake at the manufacturing plant. Many of you may remember the countless recalls that came last year following an incident where undeclared peanuts were found in cumin and countless products containing said contaminated cumin. It was frightening. We stopped buying cumin and any item containing cumin for months.
But the worst part was making sure I had checked my email or websites like FARE, to get the updated list of recalls. I was always afraid that I was going to miss something and not know it until my little man’s lips were turning blue.
Well I’m excited to announce that there is a new app called AllertMe that does just that!! AllertMe is a customizable app created by a food allergy dad that pulls updates and recalls from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), other public health agencies, local and national food industry producers and distributors and delivers those directly to your phone or tablet. This is a food allergy parent’s dream! Knowing that I have all of the latest food recalls and alerts in my pocket gives me peace of mind like nothing I’ve ever had before. Anytime a new alert comes in that matches my profile, I get a notification. Then I can click on the notification for more information about the recall. The recall notification also includes a photo (if one is available) of the recalled item at the bottom of the post, which is one of my favorite parts. This way I know what I’m looking for or looking to avoid.
This app is super simple to customize to your family’s dietary restrictions and honestly, one that every mom should have (with or without food allergies) because it also gives you an option to receive “safety recall” notices for things like Salmonella. Now that is something that affects everyone!
I currently have my settings set to notify me of recalls including: Safety Alerts, Eggs and Tree Nuts. What will you customize your app to include?
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