Peanut allergies are at an all-time high and are a health concern for many people. According to foodallergy.org, peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Peanuts can cause a severe, and potentially fatal, allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
This is a primary reason we carry candy bars that are guaranteed to be 100% peanut-free and are manufactured in a complete peanut-free environment. This part of the plant is entirely closed off and is restricted to authorized personnel only. The people who work in this section aren't allowed to be in contact with anyone outside their area at any time during their work day.
Here are some answers to common questions about peanut allergies as they relate to candy bar fundraisers and why we need to become more aware and concerned.
What is a peanut allergy?
A peanut allergy is a severe reaction to ingesting peanuts. Symptoms include stomach pain, swelling in the neck and throat, and possible constriction of the airway which can be fatal
How many children are affected?
Allergies to peanuts affect 1.5% of all children, or more than 3 million Americans. The percentage of children with peanut allergies has more than tripled in the last 10 years alone
What peanut-free candy bar fundraisers do we offer?
What about our bar with almonds?
Peanuts are a legume (a nut grown underground) and this differs from the other tree nuts such as almonds or walnuts (grown above ground). The allergies from tree nuts are different than the peanut allergy. The majority of children who have allergies have the peanut allergy and are able to eat other types of nuts; however, there are some children who are allergic to all nuts
How serious are peanut allergies?
Peanut allergies can be fatal, so being educated is very important
What are schools doing about peanut allergies?
Schools around the country are designating areas in their cafeterias as ‘Peanut Free Zones’. Some schools have even become completely peanut-free by not allowing any peanuts, or food items made with peanuts, on their property. Schools are also educating their teachers, coaches, parents and anyone who is involved with students and their activities.