Saturday, July 19, 2008

Allergy Friendly Food Manufacturers

While perusing my computer, I found this very extensive list of allergy friendly manufacturers. I must have compiled it a while ago, and as I occasionally do, completely forgot about it. So, here it is, a long lost forgotten, but hopefully useful list.

I am editing this post to add that apparently this long lost list is not lost or forgotten (but still long). It was compiled by Jana and was originally posted here

Since it was so good I must have saved it onto my computer a while ago, and my poor little mind stored it in the not nearly used enough memory banks. So, I just wanted to say thank you to Jana for this list, and I am sorry I did not realize it was yours and give you credit for it. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. snif snif snif

A & J Bakery Bakery
Nut Free. Egg & Dairy Free Cakes

AllerEnergy - Allergen-Free Nutrition Ba
Sports energy/nutrition bar available free of several major food allergens

Alti Plano Gold
Wheat and Gluten free hot cereal

Amanda’s Own Confections
Dairy-free, nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free and gluten-free chocolate

Amy’s Kitchen
Packaged food suitable for many special diets

Anderson’s Bakery
Nut free, peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free and egg free

Aunt Candice Foods
Products are free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, peanut and yeast and do not use any preservatives, artificial flavorings or hydrogenated fats.

Authentic Foods

Gluten Free Babycakes
No sugar, no eggs, no gluten, no wheat, no dairy, no nuts

Bur Oaks Farm
Soynut and popcorn products – no peanuts come in to contact with their products.

Cafe Flora
Restaurant and catering - gluten free and vegan (milk and egg free) selections

Canadian Sweets
Several Canadian chocolate bars are made in a nut free facility. Shipping available to U.S.

Candy Creations Co.
Peanut and Nut free.

‘Cause you’re special
Gourmet mixes from a gluten-free, casein-free, wheat-free, tree nut and peanut-free facility

Chocolate Decadence
Dairy-Free ~ Lactose Free ~ Casein Free ~ Gluten Free ~

Vegan Chocolate Emporium
Non dairy and gluten free specialties. Contact them about other dietary limitations

Coconut Bliss
Dairy Free Dessert

College Farm Organic
Organic Candy. NO Gluten, NO Nuts, NO Soy, and NO Eggs

Cookies for Me?
Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free. Dairy-free coming soon.

Cravings Place
Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free baking mixes.

Made in Oregon – available locally

Crispy Cat Bar
Gluten-free; egg-free; dairy-free; organic;

Kosher Da Vinci Bakery & Café
Gluten Free Bakery in Seattle. Some selections dairy, egg and soy free. Now peanut free.

Dean’s Sweets
Nut Free chocolate

Cookies, popcorn made without peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and milk.

Econatural Solutions
St. Claire’s Organic Sweets®, Tarts™, and Aromatherapy Pastilles® are gluten-free, casein-free, wheat-free, fish & shellfish-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free. Contains nothing artificial.

Edward and Sons

Many items are suitable for a wide range of special diets

Enjoy Life Foods
No gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, soy, corn, nuts, potato, gmo's, hydrogenated oils, artificial anything, or worries - made in a gluten-free & peanut-free bakery.

Ener-G Foods
One of the country's foremost producers of foods for diet-restricted individuals - wide range of ready-made foods and mixes

Gak Snacks
Cookies and coffee cake, baked in dedicated facility with no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, or dairy - whole grain, certified organic, and contain no cholesterol or trans fat. Cookbook available

Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Vegan cheese, soy free, milk and egg free selections

Gillian’s Foods
Wheat, Gluten and Lactose free products ready-made foods and mixes

Gimbals Fine Candies
Nut free, trans fat free, gelatin free, egg free, gluten free, dairy free

Good Baker
Dairy and Egg-free mixes. No peanuts used but read their FAQ about contamination risks.

Healthy Times
Arrowroot Cookies. Organic. Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

I. M. Healthy
Soynut Butter, Roasted Sweet Corn, Corn Flake Crumbs Peanut, nut, gluten, dairy free. Kosher.

Imagine Foods
"Rice Dream" and "Soy Dream" dairy alternative products

Indigo Rabbit
Cookie selection choices wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free, soy-free, dairy-free

Kellie’s Candies
Nut free candy

Kinnerton Confectionery
Character merchandising candy from a nut-free facility – in the U.K.

Kitchen Basics Stocks
Soup stocks do NOT contain: MSG, HVP, Disodium inosinate or guanylate, Yeast extract, Yeast, Soy, Milk, whey, casein or caseinates, Wheat, oats, rye, barley

Kollar Cookies
Wheat free, dairy free cookies

Maine Gold 100% Maple Sugar Candies ty_foods&product_ID=91 “free of additives and preservatives and contain no gluten, wheat or dairy. All of our cooking pans are used only for the making of candy, so there is no chance of other ingredients mixing in.”

Muffin and Pancake mixes free of dairy, egg, peanuts & tree nuts - manufactured in a dedicated peanut/tree nut free facility.

Merlin's Candy
Holiday chocolates in US peanut free facility

Gluten Free cookies

Miller’s Hot Dogs
Hot dogs and sausages are made with no allergens and no gluten

Miss Roben's
Variety of food products for those with food allergies and intolerances, particularly those with multiple food issues.

My Own Meal
Kosher ready to eat meals that require no refrigeration. Special Diets page indicates allergen safe choices

French company that sells shelf-stable allergen free meals. Delivers to all Europe. (Click on the British flag to read in English.)

Natural Feast
Gourmet Pies and other products for those with dietary needs or food allergies

New Moon Kitchen
Baked goods: organic spelt flour, dairy & egg free, nut & peanut free. Kosher.

Tomato free sauces. No soy, dairy, wheat, gluten, nuts

No Nuttin' Foods Inc.
Granola Bars free of many allergens - In Canada

No Worries Bread Mix
Gluten Free, Dairy Free Bread Mix

Nuthin’ Nutty
Peanut free chocolate

Nu World Foods
Organic Amaranth Food Products for gluten-free, allergenic and health conscious folks.

Nutrilicious Natural Bakery
All products are Egg & Dairy free, Lactose free, Vegan, Kosher, Cholesterol-free and MSG-free. Sugar Free, Fat Free & Wheat Free products available

Nuts Free
Chocolate and candy

Omega Smart Nutritional Bar
No Artificial Flavorings, Dairy or Whey, Hydrogenated Oils, Sugar, Wheat, Synthetic Vitamins, Eggs, Predigested Hydrolyzed or Soy Protein Isolates or Caseinates that contain MSG, & No GMOs

Pamela's Products
Wheat free and gluten free (note their allergy information)

Peabutter in U.S.
Peabutter in Canada
Golden Peabutter - alternative to peanut butter.
Completely nut free and gluten Free

PeanutFree Planet
Nut-free, peanut-free products

Philly Swirl
Gluten and Nut free company. Check out their allergy awareness newsletter.

Pure Fun Candies
No dairy, No gluten, No dyes
Gluten-free, nut-free, lactose-free/Parve, Vegan search options

Rise and Shine Desserts
Bakery for special diets

Road's End Organics
Vegan (milk and egg free) products including Macaroni and "chreese"

Scribner Chocolates
Peanut/nut free chocolate

Simple Food Inc.
Soynut butter

Sensible Foods
Crunch dried snacks 100% free of any peanut products, nuts, grains or preservatives.

Sorella Bakery
Biscotti that’s wheat-free, gluten-free, peanut-free (not free of tree nuts)

Soyco Foods
Dairy alternatives

Soy-free sales
Chocolate, Candy, Cookies, Gourmet Mixes Without Soy

Spangler Candy Check out their allergen statements regarding peanut free, egg free, milk free, and gluten free candy

Sweetie Cakes Co.
Allergy info: NO eggs, dairy, soy, msg, nuts, corn, peanuts, artificial ingredients, citrus. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix: has NO wheat or gluten. Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake: uses Agave Syrup

Sunflower seed spread made in a peanut-free facility. Also other peanut free products.

Sun Flower Baking Company
Cookies – milk and egg-free

Sunstart Bakery
Gluten, egg, nut, potato-free cookies

Temptation Non-Dairy Dessert
Products manufactured in on dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free equipment in a plant that is ALSO dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free. All but two products are also gluten-free

Tickle Your Tummy
Treats 100% Nut-free. School Program. Canadian – ships to US

Rice pasta. No wheat/gluten, corn, egg, dairy, casein, meat, soy, nut or peanut.

Treasure Mills
“Allergen Sensitive” baked goods that are 100% Nut & Peanut Free, some product are also sesame seed free, egg free and dairy free

Turtle Mountain
Dairy free frozen desserts. Allergen statement about other allergens

Twin Cove Confections
Peanut, Nut, Coconut free confections (Victoria, BC). Check out their allergen statement

Vance's Foods
"DariFree", a non-dairy milk alternative from potatoes and "SNO*E Tofu", a non-dairy soy beverage mix

Vegan Essentials
Free of milk and egg (and other animal products) - click on “food and sweets”

Vermont Nut Free Chocolate
Exclusively produces peanut-free and tree nut-free chocolate candy

Whey-Out Chocolate
Dairy-free, egg-fee, gluten-free, wheat-free, tree-nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free selections

Yummy Earth Organic Candy
Gluten Free, Wheat-free, Egg-free, Casein-free, Dairy-free , Soy-free, Corn syrup-free, artificial dye-free, plant doesn’t use peanuts or tree-nuts.

Yum Yum Snacks
Lists available for natural and organic kid-oriented products that are vegan (egg, milk-free), Peanut-free, gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free.

Zen Soy
Soy milk and pudding. Milk and nut free.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Peanut Allergy at School - Watch out for the Friendly Fire

So, I take Conor to school today. No, this is not the school that Cruella runs, but our local little pre-school in our new small town neighborhood. I love this pre-school, and everyone is very nice and really does try to accommodate Conor to the best of their abilities. Yes, as I know to well, sending a child to school with food allergies, and especially a life threatening peanut allergy is fraught with danger. I thought I had dealt with the enemy

but instead forgot to always watch out for the friendly fire.

As I walked in the door of the school I saw a small can of almonds sitting on a table with a tag nicely stating "take one" Thankfully it was almonds and not peanuts, or I would probably have had a breakdown right then. If there was a picture of Mr. Peanut on the can, I surely would have been a blubbering sobbing mess. But lucky for us all it was only almonds. My first thought was to take the can, run out the door, run over to the local cliffs, and launch it out as far as I could into the ocean. Then of course my disturbed little mind thought "oh no, what if they got on the beach, and some poor unsuspecting nut allergic child got a hold of them and had a reaction. I could never forgive myself.

So I took a few deep cleansing breaths and walked over to our new school director.

(Lets call him Doc the Dwarf from the Seven Dwarfs to protect his identity

Anyways, I calmly walked over to Doc with the can of nuts in my hand and politely said "can I ask you a favor?" Of course in my mind was the thought "You stupid idiot!!! How dare you endanger my child by leaving this poison out here for anyone to get at!!!! What were you thinking??? #@###!!@#&*&^^&^&**(((&^%$^&*((#$$#!!"

Doc responds in his authoritative yet misguided way, "why of course, any favor you need" I asked him to please remove the nuts from the table and preferably the wonderful establishment as soon as possible because they could possibly harm my sweet little boy. Doc apologized profusely, and let me remove the offending allergy evil from the school. His last comment to me as I left for the day was, "Don't worry, we will get better at his with practice."

So just a reminder allergy friends. Always watch out for friendly fire.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Free Peanut Allergy Posters

I love things that are free. They make me feel like I have won a prize, or at least won something. It is just that winning feeling you can never have to often.

Anyways, a while ago while I was having some unpleasant discussions with our prior pre-school. (Yes, this is the pre-school that fed Conor and all the other 2 year olds peanut butter, and where his first reaction occurred) This not so nice pre-school director

(lets call her Cruella to protect her identity),

decided that the school needed to have a no sugar policy, but refused to have a no peanut policy. (Apparently it is not ok to eat sugar and learn bad eating habits, but it is ok to allow a child to have a potentially fatal reaction in her school). This was despite the fact that Cruella admitted that she was very very wrong to feed such young children peanut butter crackers in the first place and was deeply deeply sorry and the fact that Cruella's own granddaughter who attended the school also had a peanut allergy. Anyways after many discussions, threats, etc we came to a compromise where the downstairs classrooms and playground where Conor was were nut free, and the separate upstairs for older children was not. She also refused to really participate in educating anyone on anything, and it was left up to me.

As the next school year began, Conor had one of the most wonderful teachers ever. She had been Michael and Natalie's teacher the year before and I love her. She let me do whatever I wanted to try and make the classroom safe. So I went on an Internet quest to find information and peanut free posters, etc to post all around the room, door, and to send home with every parent. On this search I came across this web site:

Peanut Allergy Info

They have a wonderful selection of free posters. There are ones for peanut allergies, ones for nut allergies, and even some for other allergies such as fish and cats. I printed out many of them and laminated some. Then I wallpapered the entire door and interior of the class room with many many many different peanut free/nut free classroom/school posters.

Did I mention they are all free??

And just in case you ever need it, there are also some really yucky but informative photos of hives.

Wow, Vegan, Egg Free Mayonnaise that Tastes Good!!

When we discovered Conor was allergic to eggs, we removed most egg products in our home. In that list of egg products that must go was the ever eggy mayonnaise. I had accepted that we would just never have mayo at home, and we were dealing with it in a valiant and brave manner. There were a few dishes we were unable to make, but for the sake of our child we were willing to forgo them.

Then one day, a friend who is vegan told me about an amazing product. There was a mayonnaise that was vegan, and so had no eggs, no dairy, no animal byproducts. And even more amazing, it really tasted like mayonnaise. This amazing product was called Vegenaise.

Apparently in order to be called mayonnaise in the United States, you must have eggs in your recipe, so instead Vegenaise was born. It comes in four varieties, original, grape seed oil, organic, and expeller-pressed.

So I ran out to the local store that carried this mystical product. To me mayonnaise and eggs had always been synonymous. I took home a bottle of the grape seed oil Vegenaise and we opened it for everyone in the house to have a taste test.

Everyone loved it, even those that had never tried mayonnaise before. Mick and I thought it tasted easily comparable to real mayo, and excitedly started planning all the things we (or he...I am not the best cook) could do with it. Jan is from Thailand, and not that familiar with American mayo, but seemed to like it. The young folk all willingly tried it, and even the extremely picky princess begrudgingly agreed it wasn't bad.

So last night for dinner, Mick made his Aunt Kate's really yummy mayo, crab toasted sandwich things that I really love, and we have not had for years.

Vegenaise Rocks!!!!

Now does anyone know of an egg free quiche???

Monday, July 14, 2008

Restaurants and Food Allergies - Places We Eat, Places We Don't, Places We Wish We Could

Over the weekend my husband Mick asked the repeated question he frequently ask..."Is there anywhere else we can possibly eat besides McDonalds. AGAIN!!" Dining out with food allergies, and especially life threatening peanut allergies is a tricky proposition. I knew I had all sorts of random information on my computer about eating out with food allergies, but had not centralized all of our exciting web friendly restaurant options in one list of allergy friendly restaurants. So everyone, here it is. Places we eat, places we don't and places we wish we could.

Conor's peanut allergy is anaphalytic, so I generally only take him to completely peanut free restaurants. I have a friend who works at one of these restaurants and one night she told me what she thought was a very funny story. This is a sit down restaurant with a separate kitchen, chef and waiter, etc. Anyways, a little boy ordered a hot fudge sundae for his dessert. When he took a bite he told his mother it tasted strange. The mother tasted it, and immediately called over the waiter. Apparently someone in the kitchen had accidentally put teriyaki sauce on the ice cream instead of fudge. Yikes!! This put fear into my little heart. If you can put teriyaki sauce on ice cream, how can I be sure you won't accidentally cross contaminate my son's food despite the fact that I have repeatedly told you about his life threatening peanut allergy.. I figure the only way to be somewhat safe is to have a peanut free restaurant. Then it would be hard (but not impossible) to make this sort of mistake.

Thankfully Conor is not as sensitive to egg, so I am not as concerned about eating out with his egg allergy. I really have no clue how those of you dealing with more serious egg, milk, etc allergies survive. I have trouble just dealing with what is on our plate. (pun intended)

  • A &W Restaurants

  • Arbys

  • Burger King
  • Look for nutrition page has clear allergen info

  • Chipotle
    I love Chipotle. It is one of my many peanut free restaurant options. They also are egg free, and no fish free. Since we only have peanut and egg allergies it is one of the few places we can go into, and Conor can eat anything on the menu. Also it is not so fast food yucky, and they have great burritos and chips. Sometimes I even go there alone, just because I like the food, and not because it is the only safe option.

  • Chuck E Cheese

  • I was surprised to discover that Chuck E. is actually within our comfort zone. Although it is not my favorite place in the world we went quite a few times over the years. Thankfully recently Conor is deathly afraid of that big scary looking mouse guy, so we have not been in a while. One of the last times we were there, Chucky just seemed a little off. Kids were following him around trying to say hi, and Chucky just wanted to play video games. He is kind of a scary looking mouse......Then I started really looking at those sort of distorted pictures of kids on the walls, and all the lights, loud noises and blinking games, and I started to get a little freaked out myself.

  • Chili's

  • Dunkin Doughnuts

  • Domino's Pizza
  • Believe it or not, we now live in an area that Dominos pizza does not deliver to. Can you believe it???? What is this world coming to? Western civilization as we know it is breaking down. We live within 30 or so miles of San Francisco, but no Dominos Pizza here. Before we moved to this Domino's devoid area, we felt it was safe and ordered from them quite a bit.
  • Jack in the Box

  • In and Out Burger
    Although they have no ingredient information on their website, I have previously emailed them, and was told there were a peanut free restaurants. The only potential danger was the milk shakes, as they could not verify the source they came from to be free of cross contamination. I have heard that as far as fast food restaurant chains go they are very allergy aware, and have even called people in response to email inquiries. We also eat here way too much, and have never had a problem.

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken

  • Krispy Kreme
    We used to go here when we thought Conor was only allergic to nuts. WoooHooo peanut free doughnuts. It is a great safe dessert option if you are only dealing with nut allergies.
    The only animal by-products used in our doughnuts are eggs (whites and yolks) and dairy products (including milk, butter, yogurt, whey, nonfat milk and nonfat whey). Our doughnuts are cooked in zero grams trans fat shortening (palm, soybean, and/or cottonseed and canola oil). All monoglycerides and diglycerides are vegetable based. Enzymes are also present. The lecithin we use is soy based. We also use wheat in our doughnuts, including bran, germ, gluten, starch and flour. Our products may contain allergens. To get further information about our products call us at 1-800-4KRISPY.

  • Macaroni Grill

  • McDonalds I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with McDonalds. I love that they are within our comfort zone and we can get safe ice cream and hot fudge sundaes there. I hate most of the food there, and the way they can get my children to beg to go there simply to get the ever exciting Happy Meal toy. Yes, we spend way, way, way to much time at McDonalds. Just be careful if the person at the table next to you happens to open up the sealed package of peanuts with a careless disregard for the peanut allergic.

  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Papa Johns

  • Pizza Hut

  • Quiznos
  • Quiznos has a wonderfully clear allergy table that clearly lays out all the foods that are peanut free, egg free, etc. We have actually never eaten there before, but it appears that they have a peanut free restaurant. Next time we are in the neighborhood we will have to stop by and try it out.

  • Subway

  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Bell also appears to have no nuts on their restaurant menu. They also have a great clear allergy page. This is another exciting option for us that I had not really checked into before. Also near where we live is a Taco Bell right on the ocean. It is supposed to have the best view for any fast food restaurant. Ever!!! I know where we are going next time someone is in town for a nice dinner out.

  • Wendys

    Yes, that is right, someone has actually started a blog dedicated entirely to eating out with food allergies. This blog writer is my hero!! While I love to provide useful information, I also love to write little bizarre antidotes about fictional characters like Mr. Peanut or Mr. Food allergy. She has lists of restaurants in different cities around the country, chains and fast food restaurants with actual quotes from the web sites about their food allergy policies. Go check it out!! It is awesome!!!!.

    Can I Eat There
    A blog entirely dedicated to eating out with food allergies.

    People with food allergies should contact restaurants or companies directly to confirm allergen information. Allergy sufferers should check all ingredients before eating, every time. Comments from the Peanut Free Gallery, its authors and contributors, are not responsible for how this information is used or any allergic reactions that occur as a result of using information provided on this site. Comments from the Peanut Free Gallery authors are not, and do not claim to be, doctors, nurses, nutritionists or any type of health care provider/practitioner. The content on this blog should not be considered medical advice.