In the past 3 weeks, the allergy world has gone crazy over the fact Keebler is going to add peanut flour to its cheese cracker sandwiches. People have been contacting the press, saying that it will kill children, and as of late saying the company will cause anaphylaxis and death. All this towards one company for adding a food ingredient. These crackers were never allergy friendly to begin with; they have milk and wheat in them. These crackers posed a risk to dairy allergic children in their current formulation. The lovely cheese can stick to little hands and spread just as those fear the peanut can. But we dairy moms have always found a way to survive around them.
I personally am having a hard time understanding the outcry. When you are a dairy allergy parent or like me a multiple food allergy parent, you are used to having limited options. Almost all snacks have dairy in it. Most kids love goldfish, or Pirate’s Booty–two very common foods that present risk to children with dairy and other allergens. So where is the outcry for them? Where was the outcry every time a company adds milk, egg, soy etc. to a product? McDonald’s is not a place my family goes to, but where was the outcry when they made every single item unsafe for a dairy allergy person?
It is not Kellogg’s that needs to be held responsible for the health and safety of others, it’s the parents of the allergic child. It’s vital to read labels each and every time you give something to a child. Ingredients change all the time! In addition, I noticed in many food allergy groups the concern is that someone will hand a child the cracker and assume it’s safe. Why do we allow allergic kids to take food that we ourselves don’t supply? I supply and have supplied all snacks and lunch for my children. Truly, it’s the only way to make sure what they are eating is safe. Also, my school district has a no sharing food rule and I have to agree. We must teach our children at a young age never to share food.
It is so sad to see all this effort spent on talking about one company and only one of the top 8 allergens. Our communal efforts should be spent on education and raising awareness for ALL food allergies. Instead all we have now is drama and divisiveness.