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With the advent of SmartLabel, label reading at the supermarket is going to get much easier for those managing food allergies. Though SmartLabel is still in its infancy, we can see what is to come. SmartLabel is an app and tool developed by a collaboration between the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing institute. It provides additional product information when the QR code
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By Jonas Bergsten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Content on www.foodallergybuzz.com is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  If you are managing food allergies or your child has food
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from https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/Allergens/ucm106187.htm A question that pops on a regular basis in food allergy discussion groups, especially peanut allergy focused groups is this:  why isn't peanut listed as an allergen when peanut oil is an ingredient? Highly refined oils from one of the top eight allergens are not considered to
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By Dezidor - Own work (own photo), CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8902579 Bakery shopping tip. When purchasing baked goods from a bakery, do not assume that a free-from label, such as "nut-free" or "dairy-free", means the bakery is dedicated free of those allergens. If there is no information provided about the bakery, it very likely is not a dedicated facility.
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People managing food allergies and other health conditions depend on accurate food labeling. While food labeling in the United States has improved over the last decade or two, there is still room for improvement.  Only the top 8 most common food allergens are required to be listed by name, leaving those with less common allergies to decipher the rest of the ingredients.  Sometimes ingredients
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My children are too old to trick-or-treat now. They are teenagers. When they were young enough to trick-or-treat, there was no such thing as the Teal Pumpkin. I quickly discovered that swapping out the candy for something sweet at home wasn't enough for my younger son. Just touching the packages of candy while trick-or-treating caused him to get hives. Not full body hives, just several on his
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First things first. Let me begin by stating that I am a huge fan of the Auvi-Q epinephrine autoinjector. Provided it functions as well as the competition or better, I do not think you can beat its discrete size and shape, and its user-friendliness. It's fantastic and we were thrilled when Kaleo put it back on the market in the U.S. Having observed many things food allergy related for more
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The kids are headed back to school but summer’s not over yet! As they say, timing is everything. We’re in a little heatwave here in southeastern Massachusetts, and we at Food Allergy Buzz have been enjoying some delicious frozen treats courtesy of JJ Snack Company—WholeFruit Sorbet and Fruit Bars.  In this part of Massachusetts, WholeFruit products are available at Demoulas Market Basket. You
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image from http://www.epi-trak.com/ Food allergy support groups and blogs are abuzz with back-to-school questions, concerns, and tips. For those with children and teens who self-carry their epinephrine auto-injectors, there is always the worry that the child or teen will forget to carry their epinephrine auto-injectors with them. Enter EPI-TRAK, an app that reminds you to check and make
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Disclosure: Food Allergy Buzz received complementary samples of PhillySwirl for this product review. Sometimes there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold treat from the freezer. PhillySwirl has become a go-to solution for those with top 8 food allergies in need of a frozen treat! Philly Swirl is available at many supermarkets today and has quite a selection of
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