PB&J sandwich debate: Should allergies lead to nut ban?

Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 10:45 a.m. MDT

Dr. Roy Benaroch on WebMD says that actually eating peanuts accounts for "virually all of the deaths and serious reactions" reported. Touching or smelling can cause rashes and other passing symptoms. There's no "touch of death," he said. But that doesn't mean having peanuts in schools isn't a problem, because "young children might share foods, so banning peanut products entirely in younger grades is reasonable if there is a severely peanut-allergic individual in the room. Food labels need to be complete and accurate so it's easy for parents to tell if an item contains peanut. Parents need to be sensitive when cooking treats for classrooms. Children, should be discouraged from trading and sharing foods, especially with other kids with food allergies."

"The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a nut allergy advocacy group, believes compromise is better for kids with allergies than outright ban, according to the Yahoo article. It quoted the group's founder, Anne Munoz-Furlong: "What we want is everyone always thinking there could be a possiblity (of an allergic reaction) and be on guard for it."

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