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Spices and Food Allergy

With a name like "nutmeg," you might wonder if a child with a tree nut allergy will react to it. And what about other spices, like cinnamon, allspice, and cloves? They come from plants and trees, so should you be concerned? Probably not. An allergy to a spice is rare. But non-allergic symptoms can occur after eating a spice. The answer to many of your questions about spices and food allergy are on our website.

Food Allergy Resources at Your Fingertips

KFA has a variety of food allergy handouts to help you manage your child's food allergy or share information with other people. Download PDFs to print and/or share. Some topics include:
  • Introduction to managing food allergies (available in English and Spanish)
  • School planning tips
  • Preventing peanut allergy
  • Understanding oral immunotherapy
  • Understanding oral food challenges
  • Talking to your child about food allergy bullying
  • Allergen avoidance lists and chef cards
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How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

If you follow our blog, you know that a food gets recalled if it is found to contain allergens that weren't labeled. These label mistakes are usually detected by the food company as part of their safety procedures. But sometimes the mislabel is detected after a consumer report. If you have an allergic reaction to a food that the label indicates does not contain your allergen, follow our recommended steps to report the allergic reaction to the food manufacturer or regulating agency. 

A Look Back at Food Allergy Advocacy in 2021 

Our community is very active in grassroots advocacy. Together, we saw some great strides in food allergy policy in 2021 thanks to your actions and support. Read our recap of the past year in food allergy advocacy, along with some of our advocacy goals for 2022. 


Check out these popular topics on our community support forums. Do you have any thoughts or advice to share? You can also join our community to ask your own questions and connect with other parents managing food allergies.

What's Your Long-Term Experience With Peanut OIT?

One parent is trying to decide if peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) is right for their child. Has your child completed OIT? And if so, what is life like in the maintenance phase? Share your thoughts and experience with this community member.


What Are Your Favorite Milk Substitutes?

What milk substitutes do you like best? Post your favorites in this forum to help this community member find some new milk alternatives.

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Eating Without Pain: Partnership for Effective Management of EoE (Webinar)

Do you or your child have eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)? Learn about managing EoE during a webinar on Friday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. ET.

An expert panel will talk about the signs and symptoms of EoE in babies, children, and adults that should prompt testing . They will also explain various kinds of treatments and medicines. Sign up for the patient/caregiver session!

Have questions about EoE? The expert panel will answer questions from the audience during the session. Submit your questions before the event.



Allergy-Friendly Party Appetizers

As you cheer for your favorite football team during the playoffs, feed your fans these allergy-friendly party snacks from our SafeEats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe Collection.

Pizza made without gluten
Pizza or Flatbread Dough Without Gluten
Made without egg, fish, milk, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and wheat
Salsa Beef or Chicken Bakes
Salsa Beef or Chicken Bakes
Made without egg, fish, milk, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, and tree nut
Baked Party Chicken Bites
Made without egg, fish, gluten, milk, peanut, sesame, shellfish, tree nut, and wheat
Chewy Cookie Footballs
Made without egg, fish, milk, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and wheat


6 New Recalls and Product Alerts Due to Undeclared Allergens

Howling Cow Butter Almond Ice Cream (undeclared soy, wheat) and Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread (undeclared milk) are among the foods recently recalled. Be sure to check our list of recent recalls.


Food allergies can be daunting. But they can be managed with the right resources and support. KFA is here to help families managing food allergies understand and manage their condition and move to a place of confidence. We provide a vital lifeline through support, advocacy, education, and research.
You are why we can fulfill our mission to save lives and reduce the burden food allergies. We need your help to be able to continue our work. Please consider supporting KFA and making a difference in the lives of families managing food allergies.


Did You Miss Our Last Issue?

If you didn't get a chance to read our December 2021 issue, check it out to learn more about reducing holiday stress, baking allergy-friendly cookies, favorite holiday recipes, and more.

Thank you for your continued support.
Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

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