Why people with Celiac and Food Allergies Should Sign up for FAAN Alerts
Posted Oct 11 2011 5:01pm
Oh, yeah. I have been meaning to write this blog post for a very long time. I often find that people with celiac disease are not signed up for FAAN Alerts. Same for those with children who have life-threatening food allergies. Stop. I guess it would be really helpful to explain what FAAN is and does and what a FAAN alert looks like. FAAN stands for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. This is the link to their website: http://www.foodallergy.org/ FAAN has been helping people with IgE food allergies for about 20 years. They advocate for food allergy awareness, food labeling, and education. One of the best programs they have in my humble opinion is their FAAN Alert program.
You sign up through their website and you will receive food allergy and gluten or wheat alerts. Below are three examples of FAAN Alerts from this year.
October 11, 2011
Shrimp Allergy Alert
Nestlé Prepared Foods Company is recalling a limited quantity of one variety of LEAN CUISINE® Dinnertime Selects which is mislabeled. The packaging identifies the meal as containing chicken, however, an error has been discovered and approximately 200 packages contain shrimp.
The product possibly was shipped to retailers in Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. The recall affects LEAN CUISINE® Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini/UPC code 13800-14880 with a production code of 1253595911G and a “best before” date of October 2012.
Consumers who have purchased to the product may contact Nestlé consumer services at (800) 542-6935, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, to receive a full refund.
11781 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 160 | Fairfax, VA 22033-3309 | (800) 929-4040
MILK ALLERGY ALERT Sept. 28, 2011
M & P Food Productions, LTD., is recalling several varieties of “Vareniki/Dumplings” due to undeclared milk and wheat.
The products were sold in retail stores in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The products are packaged in 14-oz. sealed plastic bags that are distributed frozen.
The recall affects the following products with “BEST BEFORE SEP 19 2011” through “BEST BEFORE MAR 19 2012:”
Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki cabbage, UPC 7 07163 02619 8, yellow and green background on packaging with green and black lettering.
Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki potato & onion, UPC 7 0 7163 02616 7, yellow and brown background on packaging with brown and black lettering.
Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki potato & mushroom, UPC 7 07163 02617 4, yellow and blue background on packaging with blue and black lettering.
Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki farmer cheese, UPC 7 0716 302618 1, yellow and purple background on packaging with purple and black lettering.
Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki sour cherry, UPC 7 07163 02615 0, yellow and red background on packaging with red and black lettering.
Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 438-6421, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET.
WHEAT ALLERGY ALERT Aug. 17, 2011
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” due to undeclared wheat.
The products were sold in the dairy departments of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The product is packaged in a 128-oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle with a yellow bottle cap and marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.
Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (866) 946-6349.
In my humble opinion, individuals with celiac disease and gluten intolerance as well as those individuals with food allergies and food sensitivities or on the GFCF diet would do well to register to receive FAAN alerts. These are the kinds of notices that do not generally make it into the media spotlight. I can't underscore this enough. FAAN has done an exemplary job with the relationships they have established with the food manufacturing industry and as such they are on top of the food errors that occur. Just my two cents for what it is worth!