A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 16:59 | Comments Off
We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?

There are two types of warning labels in this world:

The types that tell us that what we’re about to do or consume will shorten our lives, harm our health or turn us into crazed killers. …

The mystery of Annie’s Naturals ketchup
Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 – 15:54 | Comments Off
The mystery of Annie’s Naturals ketchup

I regularly recheck labels on products, even if we’ve been buying them for years, because you never know when ingredients or manufacturing processes are going to change.
It had never occurred to me to check the …

Nut warning on General Mills cereals
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 10:18 | Comments Off

This one landed in my Twitter stream just as Boots was diving into a bowl of … Cocoa Puffs: “New peanut flour warning for General Mills cereals.”
Luckily, he’s not the child who’s allergic and Big …

It’s official: No one knows where food comes from
Sunday, 29 Mar, 2009 – 0:15 | 2 Comments
It’s official: No one knows where food comes from

Befuddled by exactly where that yogurt you’re about to eat came from?
You’re in good company. According to a report released Friday, even federal inspectors with access to an array of government and industry records were …

Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 23:57 | 3 Comments
Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels

Talk about good evidence but the wrong assumption.
New test results presented this week at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting showed that 2 percent of foods without any type of allergy …

Food allergies are not just hysteria
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Food allergies are not just hysteria

It started with an article in British Medical Journal in which an American doctor claimed parents are in the grip of a “nut hysteria” that is fueling irrational fears about allergic reactions to peanuts.
The doctor, …

The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought
Friday, 21 Nov, 2008 – 14:46 | Comments Off
The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought

Warning: The blog you are about to read contains the rantings of someone irrational nearly to the point of insanity on this particular issue. Reader discretion is advised.
Because I receive email alerts from the Foot …

Kids and Allergies: Canada looks at stepped-up labeling laws
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off

While we debate the meaning of “may contain” versus “manufactured in a facility” in this country, our neighbors to the north are considering far stricter food labeling laws.
A key to the Canadian plan, according to …

Food labels inadequate — no kidding!
Wednesday, 27 Aug, 2008 – 17:17 | Comments Off

I have no idea why I keep reading labels on foods I know I’ll never be able to buy — allergy-induced obsessive-compulsive disorder, I suppose.
Like this morning, when I stood in the salad dressing aisle …

Keep reading labels, even if you’ve bought it before
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 5:58 | Comments Off

Originally publish June 11, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

I’d read the warnings on various Internet sites: Product ingredients can suddenly change, so always check the label, even if you’ve bought it 100 times before.

I’d never quite believed it, though, until I saw it happen, twice. One time, it worked to my advantage. The other, not. Weirdly enough, both involved the same product, State Fair All-Beef Corn Dogs.

I guess it was wishful thinking that I even kept checking corn dog labels. I never had much hope of finding an egg-free one. But then one day last summer, when I was doing my usual “not a prayer” check, State Fair suddenly showed up egg-free. Yes! An easy snack!

It was a glorious six months. Big Guy was way into corn dogs, mainly because all his friends

Egg in … popcorn?
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 5:55 | Comments Off

Originally publish June 3, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

I learned again this weekend that you can never let your guard down for one second when it comes to reading labels. Obviously, I needed the reminder, because I almost screwed up, bad.

Friday is movie night at our house, and that means popcorn and Rice Krispie treats. It’d been a long day this Friday, with sick, cranky kids and one more errand than good sense dictated was smart. So I grabbed a box of Act II Movie Theatre Butter microwave corn, threw it in the cart and went on my way.

For some reason, when I got home, label-reading paranoia kicked in. I read the ingredients first, and everything was OK. But then, in the separate allergens warning at the bottom: Contains egg, fish, milk.

Milk I can