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Old 12-04-2014, 03:25 PM
 
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I was at Costco today and they were sampling some really delicious fudge. There were a number of varieties including plain chocolate, chocolate with walnuts, chocolate with pecans. I tried all of these then asked for a sample of the peanut butter chocolate which was also unwrapped and sitting right next to the other kinds. I was told that they could not give out samples of the peanut butter flavor because of the possibility of cross-contamination, which could severely injure someone with a peanut allergy.

But I was given samples of the walnut and pecan fudge with no questions. My husband has a niece and nephew who are severely allergic to tree nuts as well as peanuts and eggs. Cross-contamination with walnuts or pecans would be as much a problem for them as peanuts.

I also often hear of classrooms and entire schools being peanut-free but never egg-free, or dairy-free, or any of the other common allergens. Is there a reason that peanut allergies are the "most favored allergy"?
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Old 12-04-2014, 03:56 PM
 
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I read some where awhile back that UK is studying the effect of giving infants peanut butter early to avoid that allergy and its life threateing effects. Kind of like being stung by different bees is my take on the difference.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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I think it's because even though the other allergies are very serious, peanut allergy is on the rise and death can occur. Probably a larger percentage of kids have peanut allergy than other allergies.

I heard this sad story just after Thanksgiving: Just from eating a cookie. Milwaukee boy, 16, dies after allergic reaction to peanut butter cookie

This article states that 8 foods are responsible for 90% of food allergies.

Common Food Allergies

Nut and Peanut Allergy which states that

Experts think this might be because the immune system recognizes peanut proteins more easily than other food proteins.
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