A fascinating symposium on the latest food allergy label readingDecember 6, 2016
Our summer camp in NH is known for many things, and thankfully, one of them is for being a safe summer home for campers with food allergies and sensitivities. For more than 15 years we have proudly been peanut free and tree nut free, and have served safe meals for children who need gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free or even garlic free meals.
And over the last decade or so the word has gotten out about us. Many of our current camp families learned about us after we became one of the first two camps in America recommended by the Food Allergy and Awareness Network and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, or when Gluten Free & More magazine wrote a cover article about our commitment to making this an allergy safe summer camp. We’ve even been honored to have blogs written about us by Mommy bloggers, foodie websites, and some of the most allergy focused parents in the country.
As part of our commitment to keeping up on the latest information on food allergies, today I was at a food allergy symposium in NY. The two keynote speakers were fantastic and had some of the most up-to-date information about the ever-changing world of food production and allergies. Mary Leong, a representative from the Food and Drug Administration, addressed the latest changes in truth in ingredient labeling, and how our camp chefs can make sure that what they are serving is safe for all of our campers. Gina Mennett Lee, founder of the Food Allergy Education Network, spoke about the latest strategies her foundation recommends for ensuring that camp kitchens avoid issues like cross contamination in production kitchens.
There were also vendors from companies with some of the newest and tastiest food allergy safe products. Here are a few of the favorites that we tried. Have you had a chance to try any of these? If so, can you let us know what you and your kids think of them? Would you like us to serve them this summer?
It truly was a fascinating day, and an opportunity to make sure that our brother-sister summer camp is meeting our mission of providing the most physically and emotionally safe camp experience for all children.