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Tell Us Your Experiences With Finding Safe Foods for People With Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
What is your experience with finding safe foods for your child with food allergies? Help us advocate for better policies and customer service from food companies for people managing food allergies. Take this survey to share your insights and experiences finding safe foods.
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Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
What You Need to Know About Food Labels to Remain Safe This Halloween The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has greatly improved labeling for the 8 major allergens - milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, fish, and...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Colleen English Ross ·
Originally Posted by MACEMama: I came across a funky one while going through DS' candy tonight. I knew Tootsie Rolls have milk in them, but I was curiously reading the label while snacking on a lemon flavored one (habit ). Ingredients are: While the condensed skim milk does meet the plain English requirement for FALCPA labeling, the whey in it would not (as it is not clearly listed as "milk."). I wonder if it gets off on the technicality that it has another milk ingredient with the word milk...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
If whey were the only milk-derived ingredient in it, it would still have to list MILK either in parentheses after the word whey (milk) or in an "Contains: Milk" statement. However, in this case, the common name (plain English) word Milk has already appeared once in the label and FALCPA says that the allergen only need to be declared once and doesn't have to be repeated with each derivative. See #1 on our FAQ on FALCPA as a reference:...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

MACEMama ·
I came across a funky one while going through DS' candy tonight. I knew Tootsie Rolls have milk in them, but I was curiously reading the label while snacking on a lemon flavored one (habit ). Ingredients are: While the condensed skim milk does meet the plain English requirement for FALCPA labeling, the whey in it would not (as it is not clearly listed as "milk."). I wonder if it gets off on the technicality that it has another milk ingredient with the word milk in it.
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Colleen, I believe we are talking about the same issue. We are aware of the re-bagging issue--we included it under the Dum Dums/Spangler photo (second to last photo) and highlighted it as #3 at the top of the blog post: Quote: Quote: How parents choose to deal with this issue may vary. In our Halloween tips in other articles, we've shared ideas such as trading your child's bag of trick-or-treating candy for all safe candy, or for toys, etc. The tradition is sometimes called the Switch...
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FDA Modernizes Nutrition Facts Label for Packaged Foods

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies is providing this information from the FDA so you can stay informed about changes in the Nutritional Facts label on packaged foods. Be aware this redesign does not change how allergens are labeled . Stay up-to-date on breaking news about food allergies, nutrition updates and allergy-friendly recipes and join or login to our community today! For Immediate Release May 20, 2016 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have...
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U.S. Updating Rules for Food Manufacturers With Food Allergies in Mind

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Have you read about changes to U.S. food manufacturing practices? Are you confused? In this post, we explain some of the changes and what it means if you have food allergies. What Are Good Manufacturing Practices? The U.S. has rules that establish “Good Manufacturing Practices” (GMP) for food manufacturers to follow. These practices help to lessen the risk of danger to the public. They require manufacturers to follow good food hygiene and handling methods. Most facilities that manufacture...
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Milk Allergy Warning: Hidden Places You May Find Milk

Kids With Food Allergies ·
If your child is allergic to dairy, you probably already know the obvious foods to avoid. Ice cream. Yogurt. Milk and buttermilk. Cheese-covered chips and snacks. There are other foods that might surprise you, as well as non-food items.
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Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
From lip balm and shampoo to moisturizers and eye shadow, cosmetics are overseen by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Even though these products go on our lips and skin, the FDA provides a lot less oversight than you might expect. In fact, most of the time the government does not get involved until there is a problem. Here’s what you need to know. What are “cosmetics”? The government defines “cosmetics” based on how the product is meant to be used. Cosmetics are meant to be rubbed,...
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Re: Label Reading Reminder: Look Out for Similar Packaging or Separate Items Within a Package

Sunny5 ·
Thank you for reminder to Read labels and not get relaxed on reading common products as safe. I am very worried about cupcakes label said PEANUT FREE Facility BUT...i never seen strawberry cupcakes so decided to read label it said nuts n pecans in ingredients...i s so glad i read ..my daughter is allergic to nuts ALL nut and i was taking them to school for LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SNACK TO CHANGE OUT THE TEACHERS SNACKS FOR SAFE TREATS ..SCARY!! AND im discusted the label said peanut free sticker...
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Kathy P ·
Hi Sunny - that sounds really scary and I'm so glad you checked the label so thoroughly. Peanut and tree nuts are different allergens, so something can be peanut free but not tree nut free...and vice versa. Thank you for the reminder to not make assumptions about labeling "claims" and always read the full ingredients label.
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Label Reading Reminder: Look Out for Similar Packaging or Separate Items Within a Package

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Label reading is a critical part of managing your child's food allergies. But it can often be confusing. For example, it's not uncommon for companies to sell food in similar packaging even though they have similar ingredients.
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

christine patrick ·
Hi Everyone I am new to this. I have heard that kids with life threatening allergies are eligable for disability tax credit in canada. Does anyone know anout this? Thanks Christine
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janmumx4 ·
Hi Christine and I live in the UK so not much help with you question, but Wanted to tell you to hang in there and Someone will get back to you.We potentially have a no of members having difficulty getting online on the East coast of the US right now with the storm, but we do have members in Canada too who may be able to advise you Meanwhile have you looked at our starter guide yet ? There's a link at the end of my siggy
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

cheymom ·
Hi Christine! Welcome to KFA! We are glad you found us. I am not in Canada, but we do have a lot of Canadian members that deal with life threatening food allergies. You can try posting in on our Main Support Forum and they can assist you. Here is the link to the Main Forum: http://community.kidswithfooda...rum/forum/main_forum Just click on 'Post New Topic' to get started.
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Starkled ·
Hi Colleen! We do the same thing with all the candy that DS gets on Halloween. Due to the issues with repackaging there's no way to know if the safe candy has residue on them (or whether the residue is from the various home owners that I see snacking on treats as they give out candy ), we usually just give all the candy away and we either trade it out via the "Switch Witch" or we weigh it and give DS money for it. He's happy either way! Welcome to KFA , and hoping your loved ones have a safe...
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Colleen English Ross ·
One thing not noted in the article is to take care with candies that are repackaged (such as Smarties, Tootsie Rolls). Often, they are repackaged by third parties that also package items with common allergens, such as nuts. This is technically a labelling issue, but it is something to be aware of with candy.
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Yes - that is definitely an important point! We did include it as important point #3 at the top of this blog post (right above the image of the Snickers bar). It's worth restating again, though so thank you!
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Re: Check Ingredient Statements on Halloween Candy

Colleen English Ross ·
Sorry, I think you misunderstood me. What I was talking about is different than shared lines at a manufacturer's facility. I am talking about when a third party repackages a product like Dum Dums for a store such as Target, CVS, etc. This is done separate from the manufacturer's facility. Even though the candy may have been free of allergens when made and packaged in a manufacturer's facility. These repackaged items, cross-contamination is introduced when the it is rebagged by a third-party.
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Re: Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

texasgirl ·
I have learned of a company that uses non toxic chemicals and is transparent with the ingredients. They actually support labeling for the cosmetic industry.
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Re: Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

Jen ·
What company?
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Re: Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

StephC ·
There's also www.KissFreely.com, free from top 8.
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Re: U.S. Updating Rules for Food Manufacturers With Food Allergies in Mind

Katie D ·
It is encouraging to see these changes being made, and I hope we start to see a decline in the number of recalls we see along with better management and education of allergens within manufacturing facilities. I did not know that the FDA didn't have the ability to force a recall for mislabeled products and that it was up to the manufacturer, this is a move in the right direction for sure. To the facilities have to have procedures in place to ensure that their products are not cross...
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Re: Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

K8sMom2002 ·
@texasgirl Just wondering what the company name was you had found ... DD has to avoid corn, and that can be hard for a girl who likes makeup as much as she does!
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We Need Your Stories About USDA Allergen Labeling

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Have you had trouble reading USDA food labels for top 8 allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish)? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Inspection Service regulates meat, poultry, processed egg products and certain foods that contain these products. AAFA needs your story about the challenges of reading these labels to submit to the USDA to prove the need for clearer allergen labeling for the top 8 allergens.
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Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Halloween candy may present health risks to children with food allergies. Some parents choose to #KeepItTeal and encourage non-food treats . Teal, the color of food allergy awareness, signals a safer Halloween for all. If you allow...
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Re: Label Reading Reminder: Look Out for Similar Packaging or Separate Items Within a Package

K8sMom2002 ·
Wow, that was a great catch, Sunny! Does your daughter avoid both peanuts and tree nuts? Here's a great resource that's helped me understand labeling ... FAQ About the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act . It was eye-opening how many exceptions there were!
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How to Check Ingredient Statements on Candy to Keep Loved Ones Safe

Kids With Food Allergies ·
What You Need to Know About Food Labels to Remain Safe This Halloween   Halloween candy can present risks for children with food allergies. Some parents choose to trade their child's candy for safe candy or for non-food treats and prizes. (The...
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Will Way ·
Great post! The information about Spangler was especially helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

StephC ·
Thank you. This was great. I actually just handed it to my 10 year old & had him read through it....prep work for Halloween!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Kathy P ·
Great idea to give it to older kids who can read their own labels!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Jen ·
Just emailed the link to Karli.
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Bobpa ·
This is GREAT information. What you see you may not get!
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