January 23, 2006 |
Starting Jan. 1, food labels must also state, in plain English, whether the item contains any of eight foods that are behind 90% of the known food allergies suffered by an estimated 11 million Americans -- milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The change is the result of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2004, and is aimed at clarifying which foods contain potentially dangerous substances.
September 5, 2010 |
Traveling can be tough enough, but if you or other family members suffer from food allergies, hitting the road can be a nightmare. About 4% of adults and up to 8% of children younger than 4 have allergies to various foods and additives, according to the Mayo Clinic, so planning is key. Here are some ways you can cope: Be prepared: Take extra doses of self-injectable epinephrine and antihistamines. If you're flying, carry a signed letter from your physician explaining the need for the medication and have your pharmacy's label on the bottle or box. Call the airline: If you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, ask about peanut-free flights.
May 19, 2002 |
When Meredith Berkman's 2-year-old daughter chanted, "Booty! Booty!" for breakfast, the New York mom often gave in. After all, the package of the toddler's favorite snack, Pirate's Booty, declared it was "Good for you!" The nutritional panel claimed the rice puffs contained very little fat--and even a few vitamins. But it was wrong. Last December, an astute Good Housekeeping Institute staffer who thought it was all too good to be true tested the booty and blew the whistle.
April 12, 2010
Thanks for the article on food allergies ["My Turn: Food allergies are answer to medical mystery,"] April 5. I've been suffering from spontaneous hives for the past 10 years. I take a very powerful antihistamine, which helps, but what I've found to be at the root of this problem is severe allergy to palm oil and sunflower oil, which are added to food and cosmetic products. Many years of wandering aimlessly in the grip of the knowledgeable medical profession wasn't too helpful — except for needing my prescription filled for my antihistamine.
October 21, 2007
Q: I am throwing a dinner party for my husband's 40th in less than a week, and I have hired a private chef to cook an amazing five-course meal in our home. The menu is set, and each dish is one of my husband's favorites. Yesterday, a friend's wife e-mailed me to say that she is allergic to cow's milk and nuts. She also claims that she is intolerant to gluten and wheat. I know that she's lying because I saw her eating a Gruyere grilled cheese at Campanile last month!
September 2, 2012
How could Christopher Reynolds leave Claire's on Cedros out of his article on San Diego's North County ["More Than Just a Pretty Place," Aug. 19]? I love that restaurant with its eco-friendly construction, its attention to patrons with food allergies, its pet-friendly back patio and its fab food. The article didn't mention how easy it is to get to a lot of these attractions he listed. With the Coaster (coastal rail), the Sprinter (inland rail) and the buses, you don't need a car. Lisa Martinez San Pedro :: Reynolds missed a fabulous place in Escondido that we just discovered: Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum (just off Interstate 15)
April 5, 2009 |
Bulbs galore and a view Stroll down a gently winding mountain garden path and see thousands of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips in bloom at the Daffodil Garden in Running Springs, Calif. The 5-acre private garden, open to the public through April 12 (Easter), is the handiwork of Alma Gene and Dale Bauer, who have planted more than 1 million bulbs on the property in the last 50 years. Paths lead to eight sitting and viewing areas overlooking the San Bernardino Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2000 |
As the number of children with life-threatening allergies climbs, the Los Angeles Unified School District is taking a new approach to prevent and respond to serious reactions. One allergy specialist describes the move as a model for the nation, but a legal expert says it could be a liability for the massive district.
December 1, 2012 |
Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock. Her son recovered completely, but the incident inspired Bowen to become an activist in educating the public about kids' allergies. Here, she talks about how parents can prepare themselves for the possibility of such an incident and what she's done to keep her family safe.