If you have a child in school, you’ve likely already received the memo about only bringing peanut-free food into the classroom.
Peanut allergies in children are on the rise. They more than tripled between 1997 and 2008, and since 2010 they’ve gone up another 21%, according to preliminary research done at Northwestern University.
A peanut allergy can be one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks, according to the Mayo Clinic. If someone with the allergy comes into contact with peanut-containing food, it could lead to anaphylaxis. Signs and symptoms include constriction of airways, swelling of throat, a severe drop in blood pressure, rapid pulse, dizziness, light-headedness, or loss of consciousness.
Contact with peanuts can truly be life-threatening for someone with an allergy and for many, the quantity doesn’t matter — they could be sent into anaphylaxis by even the smallest amount of peanuts.
That’s why it’s so important children’s schools are kept peanut-free. But what can you do if you’re a parent of a child without a peanut allergy, yet you have to pack peanut-free snacks for an upcoming class event, like a field trip?
Number one, read labels. Some of your usual foods may not make the cut. Peanuts or traces of peanuts can be hidden in many types of foods. There are even products you might not suspect, but have come into contact with peanuts at some point during production.
Number two, check your school’s guidelines. Often, peanuts aren’t the only things off-limits. Tree nut allergies can also be severe and many schools are banning those as well. Make sure you know what is and isn’t allowed.
Third, plan accordingly. What snacks can you pack that fit the bill? Once you know what the guidelines are, you can start exploring within them and looking for peanut-free foods.
Did you know almost all of Kerr’s Candy is manufactured in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility? That’s right, practically any Kerr’s Candy product is likely safe for your child to take to school or on a field trip. Why not pack some Kerr’s Creamy Caramels, Kerr’s Slush Pops, or Kerr’s Fruitaffy for the next field trip?
The only exception is Kerr’s Dark Chocolate 52% Cacao Sea Salt Caramels. This is the only Kerr’s product that contains an ingredient (Dark Chocolate 52% Cacao) that may have come into contact with peanuts or tree nuts. While the Dark Chocolate 52% Cacao itself does not contain peanuts or tree nuts as ingredients - it may have come into contact with peanuts or tree nuts. The Dark Chocolate 52% Cacao is stored in an isolated, secured area and Kerr’s manufactures Dark Chocolate 52% Cacao Sea Salt Caramels on a separate production line dedicated to this Kerr’s product only. The product package has a clear “ALLERGEN WARNING” displayed.
We want to hear from you — what peanut-free snacks do you pack in your child’s lunch or on a field trip? Let us know on social media. We’re @KerrsCandy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
See our full range of peanut-free and tree nut-free products at www.kerrs.com.
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