Topic

allergies

15 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to General Mills, Food and Drug Administration, Celiac disease foundation

Cheerios' Gluten Free labeling needs to be removed!

Sitting in the ambulance with my 9 month old son, in June of 2017, is an experience I hope to forget. He is allergic to eggs, wheat, gluten and barley. So what happened? He's not old enough to have a large variety of solids and we have a gluten free home. All he had was some Cheerios. We all know Cheerios. It's a super kid-friendly snack and prominently labeled, well advertised, as gluten free. Could it have been the Cheerios? No way.  Yes way. Through community research, anecdotal conversations with allergists and feedback from people with Celiac, it is clear Cheerios are a risk many are no longer willing to take. Mechanically sorted oats carry the risk of traces of wheat - enough to cause anaphylaxis.  Ask around and you will find people who have had reactions to Cheerios. Whether it is an allergy, Celiac disease or a sensitivity, people in the know are staying away from Cheerios. How is this allowed? General Mills needs to remove this labeling from their packaging or commit to a drastic change in their process. Ingredients should highlight "gluten free oats". If not, then the misleading of the public needs to stop. Celiac Disease Foundation, your name is on the box. I know GM sponsors you but is it worth it? FDA are you listening?  Sign now to make this change and keep people, most importantly kids, safe.

Jonathan Schwartz
2,557 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, United States Department of Transportation, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, FOX News, Mike Pence, Pennsylvania State House, Florida State House, New Jersey State House

Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to Ban NUTS.

In August 2017 I almost lost my life. I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement.  The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts.  Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy.  The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this.  She was sadly mistaken.     My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing.  I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens.  The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions.  My husband had to ask if they had oxygen.  Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck  while wearing latex gloves.  I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse.  My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane.  He did fearing a secondary reaction.  I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts.  Not once did I touch or eat the nuts.  In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive.  My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs.  I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals.  My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay.   All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time.  On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release.  I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies.  My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy. So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies because they themselves do not know someone that is affected by a life-threatening allergy.  The lack of knowledge can fester anger over a mere snack however I believe their feelings would be different if it were their loved one.  It's something no one chooses to have or want.   There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts.  Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed.  I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS.  Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes.  Can we all be safe while flying in the air.  Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts.  Why does it have to be the snack of choice?  We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air.  Please sign and share my petition and help make the vital changes to the airline industry and help educate those who do not know how detrimental it can be by sharing my story https://www.facebook.com/1411750451/posts/10217183835973944/  Please help me save another life. 

Tricia Powell
4,464 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to FDA commisioner

Tell the FDA to revise the Food Allergy Protection Act to include cross contamination

The Food Allergy Consumer Protection Act of 2004 was a great step for keeping Americans with life threatening food allergies and disorders safer, but it’s not enough.  As a mother of a child with life threatening food allergies and another with celiac disease, it is absolutely vital to my family to have clear labeling of shared equipment with major allergens and gluten.  My six year old child has had major allergic reactions due to undeclared cross contamination on shared lines and factories with her allergens. It is a terrifying prospect to not know if your food is safe because you depend on VOLUNTARY labeling.  Parents of children with life threatening allergies spend their days calling manufacturers to ask if foods they would like to purchase or have purchased are truly safe. This can make social situations even more difficult for the child when you read a package that looks ok but you have no idea if it could be contaminated. If you risk it, she can end up in the hospital, but if you deny it out of fear and then you are “being paranoid.” It is a major impact on any food allergic child’s life.  Recently my child was brought out of a store by ambulance 10 mins after eating a sample that presented as safe based on the labeling, FOUR days later I got a call back from the manufacturer that it indeed was processed on shared equipment with her allergens.  As food allergies and celiac disease numbers rise we must take the necessary measures to further protect our effected population in America.  I’m asking the FDA to revise the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) Public Law 108-282, Title II, to include mandatory shared equipment and facility labeling on all packaged food to keep us safe.  We the people have the right to petition the FDA and we need to have our voices heard. Please sign on behalf of all food allergy and related disorders today! You could save a life.      

Kristen Holmes
5,162 supporters