Egg, Dairy and Nut Free Halloween Candy List

Now that it’s October my children are literally counting down the days till Halloween.  I thought it would be helpful to list several of the Halloween candy brands that are EGG, DAIRY & NUT-FREE.   Please remember to ALWAYS double check each ingredient list as ingredients may change.  This list should be used as a guide only.  These include:

Smarties, Starburst Fruit Chews, Starburst Candy Corn, Air Heads, Skittles, Dum Dums, Dum Dums with Jelly Bean Centers, Yummy Earth Natural Candies- most products, Dots, Ring Pops, Amanda’s Own Confections Chocolates & Candy, Twizlers, Surf Sweets Organic Gummies, Glee Gum, Divvies Chocolates & Candy, Enjoy Life Foods Products/Candy Bars, Pez, Swedish Fish, Laffy Taffy- most products, & some Wonka candy products.

Egg, Dairy & Nut Free Candy Corn- FINALLY! It’s YUMMY!

In my on-going quest to find egg, dairy and nut free Halloween candy corn I would like to share with my followers that Starburst makes a delicious fruit flavored candy corn that fits the bill!  My children love it and it’s most importantly safe!  All of the other candy corns I have researched on the market contain eggs and this candy corn is completely EGG-FREE!  Give it a try it’s delicious!

According to the Starburst website (see below) this product is only available for a “limited time” so stock up while you can!  Enjoy!

http://www.starburst.com/#/products/candycorn

University of Cincinatti researcher has developed a food allergy shot still in the early stages to desensitize patients with anaphylactic food alergies. Amazing step in the right direction!

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/09/23/cincinnati-doctor-develops-innovative-food-allergy.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/20/california-boy-gets-detention-for-sharing-school-prepared-lunch-with-another/

There was a segment on Fox & Friends this morning about this CA student who shared his lunch with another student.  He received detention for “sharing” his lunch b/c school policy has a “no food sharing” policy to protect other students that have food allergies.  My son’s school has the same policy to prevent accidental exposure.  This type of policy is seen more and more throughout our U.S. schools.  I fully support this.  Controversial?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/17/farm-antibiotics-food-allergies.aspx?x_cid=20140917_lead_antibioticsfoodallergiesfacebookdoc

My fellow food allergy friends: We finally have a “link between food allergies and pesticides in our food supply.”  Albeit a small link but this is forward progress for researchers moving forward to better help us understand food allergies and the causes.  I’m sure there is still much research to be done but I have been saying for years that food allergies cannot just exist as a result of “one’s genetics” per se.   I have always believed there was something in our food supply whether pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, etc. that have contributed to the massive influx of food allergies in the U.S. within the last 10 years.  Please take a look…very interesting article

Michigan Senate Bill 730 which would mandate Michigan restaurants to keep on staff a food safety manager who has been trained in food allergy preparedness and cross-contact.

michigan senate picture

This bill was introduced in December of 2013 by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) and has gained the support of the Michigan Association of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Director of the Department of Community Health.  As I understand the bill presently the “food safety manager” will have received training or viewed an approved video on food allergies.  I think this is a wonderful advancement for the State of Michigan and will only make eating in restaurants that much safer for people with food allergies, food sensitivities, etc. 

What do you think?  Are you in favor of this pending legislation?

Here is the link to the latest bill revision:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2013-SIB-0730.htm

Michigan Senate Bill 730 which would mandate Michigan restaurants to keep on staff a food safety manager who has been trained in food allergy preparedness and cross-contact.

michigan senate picture

This bill was introduced in December of 2013 by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) and has gained the support of the Michigan Association of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Director of the Department of Community Health.  As I understand the bill presently the “food safety manager” will have received training or viewed an approved video on food allergies.  I think this is a wonderful advancement for the State of Michigan and will only make eating in restaurants that much safer for people with food allergies, food sensitivities, etc. 

What do you think?  Are you in favor of this pending legislation?

Here is the link to the latest bill revision:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2013-SIB-0730.htm

Know the Difference: Epinephrine vs. Antihistamines

The Emergency Action Plan put in place for my boys by University of Michigan actually changed a bit 1 year ago to reflect this verbiage, “Any SEVERE SYMPTOMS after suspected or known injection”…”INJECT EPINEPHRINE IMMEDIATELY.” This was something new from past years in which we were always trained to administer a dosage of Benadryl 1st and if symptoms worsen THEN inject the Epi-Pen. This is very important to note to school staff and child care givers as well as all family members. I highlight it with a yellow marker on every Emergency Action Plan.. Food for Thought.

With schools back in sessions parents of food allergic children are more at ease since Michigan Law requiring schools to stock Epi-Pens has been implemented throughout the state

With schools back in sessions parents of food allergic children are more at ease since Michigan Law requiring schools to stock Epi-Pens has been implemented throughout the state