Food Allergies/Intolerance

Chicken Steak Products Recalled Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Aspen Foods Div. of Koch Foods, Inc., a Chicago, Illinois company, is recalling approximately 1,140 pounds of chicken steak products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The recalled products contain soy and wheat, known allergens which aren't declared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The ChicNSteakes items were produced on December 13, 2014.The products subject to recall are:

  • 2 lb. selling unit boxes containing vacuum-packages of “Market Day Teriyaki Flavored ChicNSteakes.” in boxes labeled “Market Day Lemon Pepper ChicNSteakes.”

These products bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

According to the USDA, the inner package and the selling unit boxes have a Julian Date of “3464” and the outer box will have a pack date of 12/13/14.

The agency says the items produced were shipped to distribution locations in Illinois for further distribution.

According to the USDA, the company received consumer complaints that the Lemon Pepper flavored ChicNSteakes boxes actually contain Chicken Teriyaki flavored ChicNSteakes.

Teriyaki ChicNSteakes contain the allergens soy and wheat, which are not in the Lemon Pepper flavored ChicNSteakes.

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received no reports of adverse reactions as a result of eating these products.

The agency advises anyone with concerns about injury or illness should contact a healthcare professional.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Mike Fields, Division President, at (847) 384-5940.


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Childhood Allergies Are On The Rise - CDC



In honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we present this article discussing recent trends in food allergies among children as well as links between food allergies and asthma.

The number of children suffering from allergies is on the rise, a government report says. According to a survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of childhood allergies increased during the last years of the 20th century, extending through 2011. The findings of that report could have profound implications on the quality of life of asthmatic childhood allergy sufferers. 

Lead researcher Dr. Lara J. Akinbami from the National Center for Health Statistics and her colleagues learned about the increased prevalence after surveying parents of young children. The government scientists compared data from 1997 - 1999 to 2009 - 2011 and discovered the following

  • during 2009-2011 , 5.1 % of American children ages 0 - 17 years have food allergies compared to 3.4 % in 1997 - 1999
  • Hispanic children have lower rates of food, skin and respiratory allergies than non-Hispanic white and black children
  • black children had the highest prevalence of skin allergies (17.4 %) compared to 12.1 % for non-Hispanic whites
  • younger children tended to suffer from skin allergies, while older children were more prone to respiratory allergies
  • food and respiratory allergies were more prevalent among children of higher incomes

In the next section, you will learn why this problem may have implications for children with asthma.


Allergies Can Adversely Affect Children's Lives In Many Ways

Research has shown a link between increased asthma risk among children with allergies. For example, according to the results of the National Cooperative Inner City Asthma Study (NCICAS), scientists learned that asthmatic children who were highly sensitive to immunoglobulin E in one type of food, had a greater sensitivity to foods.

In fact, government statistics show that children with food allergies are four times as likely to have other allergies and to suffer from asthma compared with children who don't have allergies.

This can be underscored by the results of recent a study that looked at risk factors for food allergies and their relationsip to asthma. Andrew H. Liu from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and his colleagues investigated associations with food allergies with asthma and other allergies. These scientists used National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) data to show that children with asthma and food allergy were at greater risk for a worsening of severe asthma compared to asthmatic children who didn't have allergies.

Allergies also increase hospitalizations. According to Amy Branum and Susan Lukacs from the Office of Epidemiology & Analysis at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, among children age 0 - 17 years, hospitalizations with a diagnosis of food allergy have been increasing through 2006.

What all this means is that allergies are not merely an inconvenience, they can in fact be deadly.

While the reasons for the increased prevalence of allergies among children remains a mystery, officials stress that early intervention can make life easier for children suffering from allergies.


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Kristen D. Jackson, M.P.H.; LaJeana D. Howie, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.; Lara J. Akinbami, M.D. Trends in Allergic Conditions Among Children: United States, 1997–2011. NCHS Data Brief Number 121, May 2013

Amy M. Branum, M.S.P.H. and Susan L. Lukacs, D.O., M.S.P.H. Food Allergy Among U.S. Children: Trends in Prevalence and Hospitalizations. NCHS Data Brief Number 10, October 2008

Wang J, Visness CM, & Sampson HA (2005). Food allergen sensitization in inner-city children with asthma. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 115 (5), 1076-80 PMID: 15867869 

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Information On Lactose Intolerent Symptoms And Solutions To Lactose Intolerence

Information On Lactose Intolerent Symptoms And Solutions To
Lactose Intolerence
By Claire Calkin

Lactose Intolerence is a condition a person has when their body
cannot correctly process lactose. Lactose is a milk sugar that
is often found in foods made from milk products, such as
yoghurt, ice cream and other dairy foods.

When a lactose intolerent person consumes a product containing
lactose, their body cannot process the food and this can result
in unpleasant symptoms, which commonly include stomach cramping,
diarrhea, and flatulence. Depending on the amount of dairy the
person consumes and to what degree their body can process
lactose, will determine their degree of adverse reaction.

The medical explanation of lactose intolerence is fairly
straightforward when lactose and lactase are distinguished.
Lactose is milk sugar found in milk products and lactase are the
enzymes that aid in digesting lactose. Lactase enzymes can be
found on the wall lining of the small intestine. They aid in
digesting and absorbing lactose into the body. If lactose cannot
be broken down into Glucose, it will sit and ferment in the body
creating excess amounts of methane/ hydrogen and water. With
these excess amounts in the small intestine, it creates the
common lactose intolerent symptoms that include flatulence,
stomach cramps, and diarrhea.

There are 3 main causes to why people experience lactose
intolerent symptoms. These include congenital, secondary and
developmental causes. Congenital (after birth) is caused by a
rare condition that involves a mutation of the gene that
produces lactase. Lactose intolerent symptoms usually begin to
appear soon after birth. The secondary cause of lactose
intolerence is the lack of lactase in the small intestine, due
wall lining damage by a disease or illness. The third and last
cause of lactose intolerent symptoms is called developmental or
hypolactasia. This is when the decrease of lactase in the body
occurs over time due to the programming of an individual’s DNA.
The time the decreation begins, the age of first symptoms, can
vary throughout different ethnic groups.

The most common symptoms of lactose intolerence include
diarrhea, flatulence, and abdominal pain. The uncommon lactose
intolerent symptoms are abdominal bloating, nausea and abdominal
distention. The severity of these symptoms is dependant on the
amount of lactose consumed and how much lactose the body can

There are several tests that can determine and distinguish
whether a person has lactose intolerence, a milk allergy or a
lactase deficiency. These tests include the milk test,
elimination diet, breath test, intestinal biopsy, stool acidity
test and the blood glucose test. If a person suspects they have
this condition after experiencing lactose intolerent symptoms,
the first thing they should do is make sure they have spoken
with their doctor before beginning any sort of lactose free

Because lactose intolerence is a well-known medical condition,
there are many people that just assume that if they suffer from
lactose intolerent symptoms that they have lactose intolerence.
This person may actually have another underlying reason for the
cause of their symptoms that should be treated. When a person
assumes they have lactose intolerence and cut all milk products
from their diet, they may not be aware that they need to take
supplements to replace the calcium they once received from the
milk products. This can result in severe long-term effects.

There is a wide variety of ways to control lactose intolerent
symptoms in a person’s life. These include diet changes,
supplements, lactase tablets, and adaptation to lactose. When a
person makes a significant change in their diet such as cutting
out foods containing lactose, there is a need to check with your
doctor to ensure that you can take a substitute to ensure there
is plenty of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet. Vitamin D
deficiency can result in bone weakness in adults and bone
deformity in children. If lactose intolerence is left untreated,
whether the person continues to eat lactose foods or cuts
lactose from the diet, there are long term effects that can harm
the body.

The future for lactose intolerent symptoms looks positive.
There is significant research in this area to find an easier way
to control lactose intolerence including the tests in 1998 by
scientists. They undertook gene therapy transplant in rats and
hope to adapt this technique in humans in years to come.

About the Author: Claire Calkin has experience in all facets of
lactose intolerence. For further information on this condition
please don’t hesitate to contact me for confidential advice and


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Peanut Allergy: A Unique Epidemic

Peanut Allergy: A Unique Epidemic
By David Mark

Our generation is a privileged one for many reasons. We are
living through seemingly profound and seismic changes, both
environmental and socioeconomic.  Yet, no where have we seen in
recent human history such a unique and fast moving epidemic like
the current break out of the peanut allergy. What is meant by
this is not to belittle past epidemics, rather it is to point
out how strange it is that this epidemic is centered around such
a common food that had been relatively harmless for so long. The
facts cannot be ignored: 1.5 million Americans suffer from a
peanut allergy making it the most prevalent food allergy and out
of those 100 people die every year. The question is not if there
is an epidemic, rather what is the cause of it?

Peanut Allergy Causes

The first thing to know about any food allergy and especially
an allergy to peanuts is that researchers do not know their
cause. That being the case there have been some interesting
theories put forth on why the incidents of allergic reactions to
peanuts have increased exponentially. Some scientists believe
that environmental factors are to blame and others see a
connection between over exposure during pregnancy to peanuts.
Possibly the most intriguing idea is that with globalization,
increased possibilities of food interactions and combinations
that were once impossible have begun to occur with unpredictable

What Foods to Stay Clear Of

Unfortunately for those with a peanut allergy, far too many
products exist that have been infused with peanuts or things
peanut derivatives. This is why those that suffer from a peanut
allergy must be vigilant. On top of this many people can trigger
their allergy merely by touching peanut products. This includes
oils and creams that have just a hint of peanuts in them. Common
foods to stay clear of include: peanut butter & peanut flour,
ground or mixed nuts, cereals, granola, sunflower seeds, grain
breads, energy bars, and salad dressing. This is not to say that
all these foods are certain to contain peanut products, rather
they merely have a higher percentage of peanut inclusion in
their ingredients.

Peanut Allergy Prevention

Although it sounds strange to talk about preventing peanut
allergies when it has already admitted above that their cause
cannot actually be substantiated. Despite this being the case,
there are some known ways to reduce development of this allergy
in those that have an increased susceptibility. Of course to
understand how his can work one has to have adopted the theory
that over exposure to peanut products in the womb and through
the mother's breast milk can increase the chances of developing
an allergy to peanuts. Research indicates that those women who
avoid ingesting peanut products during pregnancy and nursing
severely reduce their babies chances to develop an allergy to

No matter the reason for developing an allergy to peanuts, the
truth remains clear and dangerous, yet preventable. Of course
preventing an allergic reaction to peanuts does not mean that
one will once again be able to eat peanuts and the products that
include them, rather prevention just refers to making sure there
are no allergic reaction at all. This takes vigilance and
caution in making sure that consumption and use of peanut based
products is ended. Only then can one be sure that allergic
reactions are rare if not blotted out completely.

About the Author: David Mark writes for multiple websites
hoping to share information that is helpful to humanity. For
information on peanut allergy causes check out


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