Preparing for School / Chocolate Soy Milk Recall

I had hoped to have this posting up much earlier, but I decided to add audio to my blog postings. Needless to say, I’ve had a bit of a learning curve trying to get it all figured out. My hope is that I’ll be able to do more phone interviews with those in the allergy field. While I may not use the entire interview, I will try to post the most relevant and interesting information.

In the meantime, it’s hard to believe that May is right around the corner, and while most of us are planning our summer vacations, there are those who are planning for school in the fall. Denise Bunning, the mother of two boys with severe food allergies and the founder of Illinois’ first allergy support group Mocha, is one of those who is making plans and preparations for next year. She offers this advice to parents who may have children entering school for the first time this fall.

(Click on the link for audio.)

Denise refers to a “504 Plan” which is a plan developed to meet the requirements of a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with special needs. Usually the parents of the allergic child will meet with school administrators and teachers to come up with a plan that addresses the needs of the student.

In case you haven’t heard…..

WhiteWave Foods Company is voluntarily recalling some of its bottled, chocolate flavor Silk Soymilk because of undeclared milk protein. The recall includes only 11-ounce single serve plastic bottles. The individual bottles are printed with a “use by” date of May 7, 2008 and a UPC Code of 2529360028. For additional information, contact the company at 800-587-2259.

This next story is a parent’s worst nightmare. An eighth-grade boy in Kentucky is accused of putting peanut butter cookie crumbs in the lunchbox of a classmate with a severe peanut allergy. Fortunately, the allergic student didn’t eat the cookies. The boy will appear in juvenile court on felony charges of wanton endangerment.

This is such a disturbing story, but we clearly need to be doing more to teach our kids about tolerance!

One last note, please let me know if you have difficulty downloading the audio. Hope this latest addition is helpful.

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April 25, 2008

Posted by Amy Wicker on April 24, 2008.

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