Anaphylaxis Information 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

RE: MEDICAL DANGER-ANAPHYLAXIS

This letter is to inforn you that there are students in our school with life threatening allergies to peanuts/tree nuts. Some students have such a high sensitivity to the peanut/tree nut protein that even a trace amount from a known peanut/nut product or a food product/Hem that has come in contact with a peanut/nut source (cross contamination) can result in a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. The most serious reaction being respiratory difficulties, blockage of the airways, which if not medicated immediately, can lead to death.

THE LAW, BILL 3, AN ACT TO PROTECT ANAPHYLACTIC PUPILS
Bill3, Sabrina’s Law, an act to protect anaphylactic pupils received royal assent in June 2005 making it law for each school in Ontario to provide an anaphylaxis management plan that will reduce the risk of exposure 10 anaphylactic causative agents (e.g. peanuts/tree nut protein) in the classroom and common school areas.

AVOIDANCE AND PREVENTION
In order to provide the minimized allergen environment required by Bill 3, we need the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in the school community. Students are requested to bring lunches and snacks free of peanuts/tree nuts and products that state they ‘may contain’ peanuts/nuts such as donuts, granola bars etc. We invite you to read the labels of food items to check for possible peanut/nut ingredients prior to sending them to school. A list of ingredients to look for is attached to this letter. If your child eats lunch at home and has eaten peanut butter we request that she/he washes their hands thoroughly prior to returning to school.

If you have caregivers who provide your child(ren) with lunches or snacks we ask your cooperation in sharing this information letter with them.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
We realize this request may require added planning and effort on your part when packaging your child’s lunch and snacks. We wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support and cooperation in making your child’s classroom and school site a safe learning environment for all.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
To ensure all parents/guardians have been made aware of life threatening allergies in the school we request you complete and return the response portion of this letter to the school’s main office.

Sincerely,
Mr. P. Di Ianni,
Principal

 

PEANUT/TREE NUT ALLERGEN INGREDIENT CHECKLIST
The following is a partial list of ingredients found on food labels that will inform you if peanut
protein could be in the product and therefore not to be sent to school.

  • Arachis oil, cold pressed peanut oil,
  • Goober nuts, goober peanuts, goober peas
  • Hydrolyzed peanut protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, sweet lupine nour
  • Nu nuts, beer nuts, ground nuts, mandolena nuts, mixed nuts, nuts, peanuts
  • Peanut butter, peanut flour, peanut meal, peanut oil, peanut protein

The following is a partial list of ingredients found on food labels that will inform you if tree nut
protein could be in the product and therefore not to be sent to school.

  • Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, hickory nuts, macadamia
    nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pinon, pignolias, pistachios, shea nuts, walnuts, mixed nuts.
  • Nut butters, nut oils, nut paste, chocolate nut spreads, mandelonas, marzipan, nuts, nut
    meats.

Some commercial products have the statement ‘may contain peanuts/nuts’ in their ingredients. This may be a result of their food product using the same equipment/line during processing as products containing nuts or their non-peanut product coming in contact with products containing nuts (e.g. non peanut donut/cookie coming in contact with a baked product with nuts). This is called, cross contamination, For example, Tim Horton’s, as a responsible corporate citizen, has placed this sign as you enter their establishments.

“If you have doubts about what is in a product or do not know what the ingredient word means,
do not send the product to school.”

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MEDICAL DANGER-ANAPHYLAXIS ALERT RE: PEANUT / TREE NUT ALLERGIES

This is to inform the school that I/we have read the above Medical Danger – Anaphylaxis notice.

PARENT NAME: ________________________________________________
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PARENT SIGNATURE: _____________________________________________

DATE: ____________________________________________