Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup.
Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post. It’s just like getting your Sunday paper! This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too!
So here is the roundup for November 9th, 2014:
- On QualityAssuranceMag.com, “New Jersey Firm Issues Allergy Alert.” I always hate it when an allergy alert comes across my newsfeed. A feeling of panic instantly fills my body as I open the article and begin to read. This time it’s Taylor Farms New Jersey, Inc issuing the recall. They are recalling 1,510 units of WAWA Garden Rotini Salad due to the potential for undeclared fish, wheat and egg.
- On DailyLIfe.com.au, “When No One Believes Your Child Has A Deadly Allergy.” My heart goes out to this mom as I can relate on many levels. My family never acted as though they didn’t believe me when I shared about my little mens’ allergies, but it wasn’t until they saw a reaction that they actually began to take the allergies seriously. Why does it take that? Why do people need to see a reaction to believe? Have you found this to be true, too?
- On MedicalXpress.com, “Food Allergy Development Linked To Skin Exposure.” We’ve seen articles about this in the past but it looks like scientists are finding more and more evidence linking skin exposure to the development of food allergies. What do you think? Would this theory make sense for your family?
- On GPOnline.com, “Cow’s Milk Allergy Website Brings New Support For GPs.” I think this is great. So many food allergy families that I talk with have been initially diagnosed by their pediatricians or general practitioners. They’ve never even seen an allergist. Personally, I don’t think it should be this way. However, if the GPs are going to diagnose food allergies then they should be well informed. It just might save a life. Thoughts?
- On FoodNavigator.com, “What Does ‘May Contain’ Mean? Half Of Labelled Products Are Allergen-Free.” I’ve often wondered about packages that say, “may contain.” Being the wife of an attorney, I know that these manufacturers are most likely advised to slap the “may contain” warning on their products as a way to protect themselves in the case of a reaction. However, sometimes it frustrates. I just think about how if it truly doesn’t contain the allergen, then my little men could enjoy that treat. What do you think?
- On Herald.ie, “Food-Labelling Law May Prove To Be Life-Saver.” Europe is adopting some new labeling laws when it comes to loose foods and pre-packaged foods. This is a step in the right direction. What do you think? Is it enough?
- On SILive.com, “Joseph DeNicola, 7, Dies After Suffering An Apparent Allergic Reaction On Halloween.” I learned about Joseph last weekend while he was still unconscious. My heart is absolutely breaking for this family. Please continue to be diligent in reading labels and always carrying your epinephrine. If in doubt, give the Epi.
- On Reuters.com, “Young Kids With Food Allergies May Learn Helplessness.” What do you think about this article? There are definitely some things that I totally agree with. Some other things – not so much. As a food allergy parent, I think it’s hard at times to identify when to hover and when not to. Only because food is everywhere. I do think it gets easier once the kids are a bit older and more independent. What do you think? Do you worry about this?
I hope you enjoyed reading these articles. What was your favorite? What did you see in the news that I missed?