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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:39 am 

Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:24 pm
Posts: 192
Location: B.C.
Again today while shopping I was pleased to find a selection of allergy friendly products only to see that they are placed on the shelf with the very allergen we are trying to avoid right beside them. The bulk bins of nuts and mixed nuts were right beside the shelf of peanut/nut-free cookies. Does this frustrate others? I usually look for the products at another store that keeps them further away from one another.

When I can find someone stocking the shelves or preferably the manager I have given my friendly perspective as a consumer who is shopping for a child with life-threatening allergies. One store actually started displaying the peanut free granola bars on one shelf and the same flavours that are not safe on different shelves. When they were side by side it was too easy to pick up the wrong kind by mistake. I actually did that and had to take it back.

I also avoid ice cream products that are touching other products that although wrapped are covered in peanuts. I am not sure if there is any real risk but it makes me uncomfortable.Those are treats in our house and just not worth taking a risk. I have a few stores that have wiser display approaches that I will buy from. Does anyone else have similar views?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:35 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:25 pm
Posts: 323
Actually, what you see on the shelf may not be the same as the way they are in the storage area... or how they are manipulated. For example, the guy that fills the freezers with the frozen fish, frozen veggies and frozen fries... Fries are safe, fishy no... how do I know what went on before I see it nicely displayed in seperate freezers.

How do I know that no one put their quart of milk on the side of the apple bin while picking out their apples?

What we see is one thing... but it doesn't mean that what we don't see is any safer...

anaphylaxis (even to smell): fish
severe allergy: milk, carrots, pineapple, kiwi
moderate allergy: soy, mango, avocado
oral allergy syndrom to most fruits
(partial list only... and does not include food intolerances)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:57 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Yep, and bins can be reused for other products ei. peanut bin can later hold vegetables. Same as your cart may have held yourallergens and for sure, the conveyor belt at the register did.

It's good to keep this in the back of yourmind but try not to dwell on it too much. Somew anxiety keeps us on our toes...too much will burn us out.

Assume the outside of everything is contaminated and find ways to mnimize potential exposure. Wash all fruit even if you plan on peeling it. in some cases, you may feel better wiping certain products down.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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