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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:26 pm 

Joined: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:36 pm
Posts: 26

I have been encountering this so much lately. Today I went to Whole Foods and noticed two packages of open almonds and pestachio nuts for people to sample. When I approached the store manager regarding the cross contamination issues but said he would bring it up with grocery. I told him not only for me but what about children getting into it. He said that it shouldn't be at children height. It was at children hight and easily accessable for a child. I said that I realize that they sell nuts but having samples might not be a wise idea as opposed to closed packages where people can purchase and bring them home to eat. He really didn't seem that concerned but did offer gloves at any time when in the store.

Also we had a worker in my home today and he had a hudge container of nuts, so I had to clean everything he touched and I have no idea if I cleaned well enough or what the procedure is but I nearly used a whole roll of paper towels and Nature Clean spray with my gloves.

I also was in a business recently to inquire about the tiles the above person was installing and the lady behind the counter had nuts as a snack. When I inquired as to if they had a procedure in place (like washing hands after eating) she became extremely hostile.

We can't avoid every place but don't want to risk a deadly situation either. What on earth are we supposed to do?

Allergic to all nuts, seafood and fish.

size=85]Lou: allergic to all nuts, seafood, fish, antibiotics, intolerant to gluten, dairy and many other foods too numerous to list. Fragrance and multiple chemical sensitivities.[/size]

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:23 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:20 pm
Posts: 150
Location: Barrie Ontario Canada
I have had the same concern about free nuts in grocery stores and other locations. Most of the time I just avoid that area and wash my hands before I eat or touch my face.
If the person was in my own home I would tell them of my allergy and ask them not to eat them in my home and to go wash their hands.
In public I just leave the area. I don't usually ask others to stop eating unless I am unable to leave the area. When I am supplying at different schools I don't bother trying to explain it since I would have to do it every day. I just leave the staff room and eat somewhere else. I always wash my hands and wash the table before eating (I tend to get looks when I wash the table but I don't care!)

Outgrew: Wheat, corn, egg, chicken, to name a few
Sensitive to Milk/Dairy products
Allergic to: Tree nuts, percocet, toradol, environmental allergies and chemical allergies
Migraines caused by scented products, barometric pressure

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:20 am 

Joined: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:00 am
Posts: 1119
I also tell people coming into my home that we are a nut-free home. I also offer them snacks just in case.

Unfortunately for grocery stores or other businesses I think it comes down to me deciding if I want to visit a store like that. Great idea to talk with them but if they continue to offer nuts then perhaps you have to decide if you will go there. :(

me: allergic to crustaceans plus environmental
teenager: allergic to hazelnuts, some other foods and environmental

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:13 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 982
Location: Oakville, Ontario
I see open nuts as well. I don't avoid shopping there, but when I'm preparing our fresh fruit and veggies at home, I wash them all with soap and water! I wasn't sure if the soap would contribute to the taste of the food, but it doesn't.... I just make sure I rinse very well. We also don't know if the person working in produce might have handled allergens in his/her lunch (we're dealing with more than just nuts), or if other shoppers may have touched allergens, so I just wash everything - even a cantelope! I figure, if I'm cutting on a board, and the produce might have been in contact with an allergen, we better be safe.

When we've had people work in our home, we ask that they not have food containing nuts, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds in our home. We have gone through some extensive renos in recent years, and ALL the contractors were extremely respectful of this. I always provided coffee/tea/pop and snacks in the afternoon and was very appreciative of the great work they were doing, so this helped with compliance in this area. In fact, they always ate outside in their vehicles (not that we requested this, but they knew how many foods our son was allergic to, and were respectful of this).

At school, our son sits next to other kids eating foods he is allergic to (except for nuts/peanuts), and as long as he is eating safely, and his desk is clean, and he eats on his wax paper and uses wipes, he's fine. In fact, he's never had a reaction at school! (ironically, his reactions only seem to occur when he's with us :? )

18 yr old daughter: no health issues
15 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg, fish, sesame,sunflower,mustard,poppy seeds, peas, carrots, some fruits, instructed to avoid legumes(except soy & green beans),pollen, cats, horses, cold urticaria

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:45 pm 

Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:40 pm
Posts: 2034
Location: ottawa
Loumac, I stand behind you on this also. There has to be SOME kind of common sense used with retailers. As you mentioned we can't control much but really, for her to eat nuts while serving you is just too much. Sure some people may eat nus on their break and not wash hands,we can't control that..but to actually be eating them while serving you...dangerous and um, since when was munching part of the customer service motto????

DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish

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