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 Post subject: Mushroom compost?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:36 pm 
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I was reading the liturature from the allergist on tree nuts and was surprised to find that mushroom compost may contain treenuts.
So...does anyone here eat mushrooms?
We have always eaten a lot of mushrooms and am wondering if we need to stop now. Can we trust manufacturers who use mushrooms (spaghetti sauce for example).
I suppose the answer will be that we have to stop eating these.
I'm kind of surprised that I am having such a hard time with this but I guess I'm surprised that we haven't had a reaction yet as we really do eat a lot of mushrooms.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:26 pm 
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I had no idea. Now, by mushroom compost, do you mean what they use to actually grow mushrooms or do you mean compost made from the leftovers of a mushroom harvest and sold to gardeners - like this: http://www.greelysand.com/GreelyEnviron ... mpost.html
We eat mushrooms all the time on pizza and Ethan's never had a problem.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:33 am 
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I mean the medium in which they are grown.
I have sent an e-mail to the Canadian Mushroom Growers Association aking them if there are any growers who don't use tree nut by-products.

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Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:26 pm 
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:shock: :shock: :shock: I hope this is not true!! Yikes! Our family eats lots of mushrooms (our kids love them... go figure... I didn't like mushrooms until I was well into adulthood). We've purchased mushrooms from many different stores; therefore, I would assume this would represent a number of different farms, and our son has never reacted to mushrooms.

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12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:05 pm 
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Whew! I got a response to my e-mail yesterday.
Quote:
We are aware of the reference to nuts as an ingredient in mushroom
compost,
listed by Health Canada. The origin of that reference is the southern
US,
where peanut shells may be used as a raw material in mushroom compost.

To our knowledge, there is no mushroom farm in Canada that used nut
products
in its compost. We have asked Health Canada to remove this reference.

For total assurance, in the Ottawa area, please call Lyle Whitham at
Continental Mushroom [613-821-1411], and Fernando Medeiros at Carleton
Mushroom Farms Ltd. [613-826-2868], to confirm that they do not use nut

products in their compost. Their fresh mushrooms are available in
Ottawa
markets.

Thanks for this inquiry. I trust this relieves your anxiety.

William Stevens
Executive Vice President

I guess I could have put mushrooms in our spaghetti sauce tonight after all! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:32 pm 
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I asked my allergist about a similar thing - egg shells and such in compost and whether I should be worried.

She didn't feel there was any risk, as the food breaks down into, well, compost, and she did not feel there would be any residual food protein in the compost itself.

Would be nice to have a degree in biology or food science some days, wouldn't it?

K.

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:19 pm 
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So...food proteins break down in the compost bin but not on the cafeteria table.
I guess the world needs more worms!

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