Snack Foods Go Allergen-Free

Millions of Americans suffer from food allergies, according to medical experts.

Many parents with allergic children constantly worry about what they are consuming.

But now new snacks are hitting the market claiming to be allergy safe.

Four-year-old Lindsay Hall has severe food allergies.

“When Lindsay was 11 months, I made scrambled eggs with cheese. She started turning blue,” said Lindsay’s mother, Kim Hall.

Lindsay is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts and cocoa. That means her mother has to be on guard 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hall said, “If she's exposed, even the smallest amount could cause an anaphylactic reaction which would cause her throat to potentially close.”

According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, 12 million Americans now have food allergies.

Anne Munoz Furlong of the FAAN said, “The stress of managing a food allergy particularly in children is never ending. And every time you're looking at food you're wondering, 'is it safe?’”

Now, several companies have released allergen-free treats made in special kitchens and bakeries that don’t use many of the common culprits such as tree nuts, milk and eggs. Some of the products are also gluten-free, meaning there is no chance of cross-contamination. Many snacks on the market can’t make that guarantee, experts said.

Benjamin Sandler has life-threatening allergies. His mother, Lori, started a food-production company called Divvies. The company has ingredients certified to be allergen-free by their suppliers and ingredients are routinely lab-tested for further assurance.

“We are so vigilant. We want everybody that has a food allergy to feel totally comfortable consuming our product,” said Lori Sandler. “Specialty food products that taste good, that can be trusted, are wonderful for families."

Hall said, “We are so thrilled. Not only do I know what everyone's eating is safe, then they're also eating what Lindsay is eating and she's not alienated."

Some of the allergen-free snacks are available in grocery stores, but many could only be ordered online.

The snacks may cost more, but are a small price to pay if you’re worried about keeping your child safe from life-threatening allergens.

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