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15 December 2009

What's In That Breading? Angel Food Ministries' Allergen Free Box

For some time now, Angel Food Ministries has offered an allergen-free box of breaded meat and poultry. I have tried a few times to get additional information about the breading before taking the plunge and trying it with my peanut allergic son. Breaded meat, poultry and fish scare me a little because he has broken out in hives from breaded chicken and fish made by companies which supposedly do not use any peanuts or peanut products. I can't help but think perhaps the breading somehow contains traces of peanut and I'd like some reassurance before we try Angel Food Ministries' allergen-free box. I telephoned in May and also sent an email. I never received an answer to my questions. I telephoned again last week, leaving a message. Again, no answer. I have to be honest--the lack of information and failure to answer what I consider to be a basic question for food allergic consumers does not inspire confidence.

Now I ask again here, with my Food Allergy Buzz cap on--no longer just as a mother of a peanut allergic child--but as a food allergy blogger and active member of the online food allergy community.  Perhaps this public forum will finally elicit an answer? Can anyone provide additional information about the breading on the meat and poultry in the allergen-free box from Angel Food Ministries? Like so many families in the U.S., we're trying our best to stretch our dollars. The allergen-free box sounds good, but I need more information. I need to know if everything, every morsel and ingredient of food in that allergen-free box comes from a dedicated peanut-free facility. I need to know more about the risk of cross-contamination and possible trace amounts of peanuts and nuts. The website says "Processed to eliminate the eight top serious allergens: Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, Tree Nuts and Gluten (wheat, rye and barley)." What exactly does that mean, in terms of risk of cross-contamination?

I will copy and paste this post in an email to Angel Food Ministries and will be sure to share any answer I receive with all of you here. If anyone has friend at Angel Food Ministries, I would very much appreciate it if you could direct them to this post so I can find out more about that breading! In the meantime, thanks for your help!
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