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 Post subject: Pancake Tuesday
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:48 am 
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I split the Pancake Tuesday thread off the International Day.

Here is a quick summary of our response to the school when the suggestion is for many families to all cook lots of pancakes with milk, egg, etc - and "We ask that you follow the recipe vigilantly in the manner indicated to avoid the risk of allergies"

-when you are asking parents to avoid the risk of allergies, we are assuming you mean peanuts and tree nuts? Our son along with other children in the school are allergic to eggs and it is difficult to avoid the allergy when they are in the recipe. It is preferable that you specify what allergens you are referring to
-even when parents follow the recipe exactly, they no not always know the origin of the ingredients. Specifically Health Canada underlines the importance of being aware of the risk of bulk ingredients.

It is preferable that the message is:
We cannot guarantee the safety of all the ingredients and therefore it is better that all children no matter what their food allergies, bring their pancakes from home.

Thanks - we are always available to answer questions on food allergies

The deed is already done and the event was already going to happen before we could blink so we took the opportunity to provide a moment of education and hope they still have a chance to get the message out to all parents (even the nut allergic in the nut free school) that it should not be an open participation event (preparation practices are very questionable).


Bonjour,

Nous vous écrivons au sujet des crêpes du Mardi Gras. Dans la lettre qui nous a été envoyé, il est ecrit “nous vous demandons d’être vigilant lors de la préparation de la recette de manière a éviter les risques d’allergies.” Bien que nous apprécions l'avertissement, nous avons deux points pour mettre en évidence:

1) quand vous demandez aux parents d'éviter les risques d'allergies, nous assumons que voulez surtout dire d'éviter les risques d’allergies aux arachides et aux noix? Etant donné que notre fils, ainsi que d'autres enfants de l'école sont allergiques aux oeufs et qu'il y a des oeufs dans la recette, il sera bien entendu impossible d'éviter les risques d'allergies aux oeufs. Alors, il aurait été préférable de spécifier d'être vigilant envers les allergies aux noix et aux arachides.

2) même si les parents sont vigilants lors de la préparation de la recette, ils ne connaissent pas nécéssairement l'origine de tous les ingrédients dans leur recette. Spécifiquement, Santé Canada souligne l'importance de la prudence lorsqu'il sagit d'aliments en vrac vendus sans étiquette ou qui peuvent présenter des risques de contamination croisée.

Il serait préférable que le message soit:

"Nous ne pouvons pas garantir la sécurité de tous les ingrédients alors il est mieux que tous les enfants avec n'importe quelles allergies alimentaires apportent leur crêpes de la maison."

Merci de votre attention. Nous sommes toujours disponible pour répondre aux questions à propos des allergies.

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son 2007: allergic to sesame and raw eggs
daughter 2009: no allergies
daughter 2011: severe eczema, no allergies


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 Post subject: Re: Pancake Tuesday
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Great response! I also advise the school that there is always a concern of cross contamination because who doesn't reuse measuring cups/spoons? Most people that I ask admit that they do.

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 Post subject: Re: Pancake Tuesday
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:25 pm 
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Ginger, Great letter.

Any possibility of contributing pancakes or batter (with a fresh griddle) that's made with egg replacer?

Hate to think of your son and the other allergic kids missing out. It's so darn easy to sub. Unless, of course, the cooking area isn't safe.

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 Post subject: Re: Pancake Tuesday
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:04 am 
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We got an email from the class teacher reminding us that our son should bring his own pancakes - so that is good - assuming they emailed all the allergic kids separately (we dealt with the PTA and principal so the message must have been passed down).

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daughter 2009: no allergies
daughter 2011: severe eczema, no allergies


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