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 Post subject: Absolutely unbelievable!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:30 pm 

Joined: Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:46 pm
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I got in line to get lunch at my High School. Usually, they sell fries and keep the fries away from cheese, etc. Well, last Friday, I got in line, and was third to order, when I noticed the server was asking for more cheese for the cheeseburers. The server then proceeded to use the same tongs she was picking up the fries with, and separate the cheese slices. :shock: My heart was beating amazingly fast then. If she had done that earlier, I'd have never seen and possibly has a very serious reaction. From now on, I'm NEVER ordering anything else at my school. I find it unbelieveable that they only have one set of tongs that they use. And I also won't accept fries from my friends.


Anaphylactic to all dairy, beef, crab, oysters, tuna, pistachios and strawberries.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:08 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Yo might concider discussing this with your principal. They need to know when to offer re-education. People get lazy with that which they do over and over.
Thank goodness you witnessed it!

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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:31 am 

Joined: Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:05 pm
Posts: 528
Location: Burlington, Ontario
This is exactly what happened to Sabrina.

It is not wise to eat at school. I know it's tedious to pack your own lunch and it's not fair to watch all your friends eat fries, but it is frankly not worth it. At least you know what's in your lunch.

You are very observant to have noticed what was going on. I would mention it to the cafeteria manager at a time when they are not too busy, but you know, even if they change their standards, I still would not eat cafeteria foods, unless it's packaged foods from brand names that you know are safe.

15 year old - asthmatic, allergic to cats, dogs, horses, waiting to be "officially" diagnosed for anaphylaxis
12 year old - asthmatic, allergic to tree pollen and mold, OAS
Husband - Allergic to amoxycillin
Self - Allergic to housework only

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:02 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Hey Miss Pink -

I'm sorry that you won't be able to eat at school any more, but I am really glad that you witnessed that and are taking a personal stand to keep yourself safe.

As Nicole said, that is what they believe happened to Sabrina Shannon - tongs that had touched cheese curds were used to serve the plain fries that she bought. She was very allergic to dairy, among other things, and she reacted. And because she did not get medical assistance in time, she died. :(

Obviously the staff at this cafeteria could use some allergen-awareness training. If your school is at all interested, you could suggest they contact Anaphylaxis Canada and see if they can arrange for a speaker to come and talk to them.

But in the meantime, I think your plan of action is a good one. That is what I would advise my son (ana to dairy) if he were your age. Your life is worth much more than a plate of fries!


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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