I strongly believe that the best option for everyone is eliminating all food celebrations in the classroom. My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts so the label thing may work for him,
but what about the other kids in the classroom allergic to other food items, such as milk or eggs? My main concern is my son, but I feel as if I should also speak up on behalf of the
other food allergic children. I really hate the idea of any child being excluded because of their food allergies. I just feel this is unnecessary and there are so many other alternatives. I understand that food celebrations are a big part of our culture, but food allergies are on the rise and things need to change.
A lot of people do not realize that just because an item has a label on it without a peanut and/or nut warning that it is safe to eat. This isn't the case. The FDA requires manufacturers to label the top eight allergens if they are an actual ingredient in that product, but they do not require manufacturers to use labels such as "may contains" or "manufactured in the same facility". At this time, those statements are strictly voluntary and are not required. Fortunately, the majority of large manufacturers are using these statements on their labels. But it is always scary having a food allergic child try any new items whether they are prepackaged or not. For this reason, my family sticks to larger manufactures and we do not try a lot of new products.
The CDC has just announced that food allergies in children are on a rise and are a big problem. It has become an epidemic and we will continue to see more and more kids at school with potentially deadly allergies to milk, nuts, eggs, fish and the list goes on and on.