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Comment from: Joan Blocher [Visitor]
Southwest Airlines seems to have the policy you mentioned. On one my recent flights they announced that no peanuts would be served due to the presence of someone with an allergy.
05/24/12 @ 23:04
Comment from: Andrea Cayea [Visitor]
Sadly-- Trader Joes had this great peanut flour that disappeared off the shelves-- I am certain that some person decided that it was dangerous. I madde the most delicious almond meal/peanut flour cake with it.
05/25/12 @ 07:54
Comment from: CJ [Visitor]
Unfortunately, I know of no school that has solved this problem successfully. I do know some parents in one school system that had filed a lawsuit against another group of parents who were sending PB products in their child's school lunches. There was also a countersuit filed by the other parents. So no real solution there either.

I know a type A adult who is severely allergic to PB. So obviously not a beneficial food for them.
05/25/12 @ 11:58
Comment from: rachel@weightloss5ws [Visitor]
no.... there is no fair way to come out of this situation. besides... the issue is solved cooperating with one another
05/29/12 @ 08:10
Comment from: Ruth [Visitor]
I think my son's current school has a good system. There are several children with tree nut allergies and several with peanut allergies. Anybody bringing in peanuts or tree nuts needs to eat at "the blue table" and wash their hands thoroughly, with soap, before going to the playground. Since this special table is in the same lunchroom with the other kids, it wouldn't be adequate for airborne allergies.

Kids without allergies are allowed to sit there if there's space at the table, even if they didn't bring nuts for lunch. This way, the kids with allergies are kept safe, but nobody ends up eating lunch alone.

Another school I heard about used to have the kids with allergies eating at a special table; I think my son's school handles it better. This way the kids with allergies aren't singled out; the ones bringing in allergenic foods are separated. But if you have a kid who literally won't eat lunch unless it's peanut butter, that child's needs are also being met.

Meanwhile, the local private Jewish school is completely peanut-free. That certainly keeps the kids with airborne peanut allergies safe, but it limits the lunch options for other kids. I'm not sure how well that would work with a larger school.

from Suzanne:
Thank you Ruth! I like your school's system. It doesn't isolate anyone, but keeps everyone safe.
05/29/12 @ 12:58
Comment from: Leigh Anne Roeber [Visitor]
I greatly appreciate the dialog and taking the time to consider this important issue. However, I need to clarify a few points that have been misunderstood...
You stated "His mother is on a campaign to get peanuts outlawed in the school, or to make students with peanut butter sandwiches eat their lunch in a separate room away from the other children."

I am not trying to get peanut butter sandwiches outlawed in school. I have never asked the school to limit what students bring in their lunches- only what they serve in the lunch line. Also, I have never asked for students who bring peanut butter sandwiches to eat in a separate room. My son currently eats in a separate room (with one friend and an assistant) everyday. He ate at a peanut-free table, but had 6 reactions anyway, so his physicians agreed that he cannot be in the room with peanut butter.
05/30/12 @ 22:27
Comment from: Suzanne [Member] Email
My friend sent me a link to Texas food allergy guidelines. Taken one at a time, most of them are sensible. But when there are this many regulations, the easy thing for schools to do is to ban nuts. When they do then the long term health of Type A children who thrive on vegetable protein sources is impacted. I wrote the blog to see if there were schools that had come up with solutions that were fair to all. Ruth and Leigh Ann's schools have done that. I hope that all schools will be creative and try to meet the needs of all children.

Texas has new school food allergy guidelines (published May 21, 2012):

Environmental controls to be considered include:
Identifying high-risk areas in the school and implementing ...strategies to limit exposure to food allergens and implementing general risk reduction strategies throughout the school and at school-sponsored activities. Children at risk for anaphylaxis should not be excluded from the classroom activities based on their food allergies.

Limiting, reducing, and/or eliminating food from classroom(s) and other learning environments used by children with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

Notifying and educating school staff and parents of the need to limit foods as needed on the campus, in the classroom, or at school sponsored activities.

Developing procedures for the management of parent-provided classroom snacks as allowed by Texas statute, with consideration given to students with food allergies at-risk of anaphylaxis.

Implementing appropriate cleaning protocols in the school, with special attention to identified high-risk

Providing training to the school food service department to reduce the risk of cross-contamination during food preparation and food service, as well as minimizing foods served in the cafeteria that may contain food allergens.

Providing training on food allergy awareness to teachers, staff, and parents.

Posting of visual reminders promoting food allergy awareness.

Educating children about not trading or sharing food, snacks, drinks, or utensils.

Implementing hand washing protocols before and after meals. (Hand washing should be done with soap and water, as hand sanitizers are not sufficient for removing allergens.)

Assign staff trained in the administration of epinephrine as monitors in the food service area, as appropriate.

Provide ready access to epinephrine in an accessible, secure but unlocked area.

Consider risk reduction strategies for the school bus, during extracurricular activities, on field trips, during before-and after school activities, and at sporting events.

Reinforce rules and expectations about bullying, including bullying of students with food allergies.

05/31/12 @ 10:39

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