Washington FEAST is pleased to announce our fall Food Allergy Conference on November 14, 2015, Noon-3PM with add on workshop for nurses/caregivers from 3-5PM.  This event is being presented in coordination with Seattle Food Allergy Consortium’s (SeaFAC) Fall Symposium which will take place at the same location from 8:30-11:30AM.   For more info about the symposium and to register for BOTH events, please visit the SeaFAC website.

Once you have registered at the SeaFAC website, also please RSVP for the afternoon sessions as follows:

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  • email kelly at wafeast.org

The goal of this year’s conference is to address some of food allergies greatest challenges, including food allergy bullying, cooking, and deciphering news and information about food allergies.  Our speakers will provide you with tools, insights and strategies that you will be able to put to use right away.

This conference is being funded in part by a 2015 FARE Community Grant to Washington FEAST.

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2015 Washington FEAST Food Allergy Conference

(FARE Northwest Regional Conference)

In conjunction with SeaFAC Symposium, 8:30-11:30 AM

Seattle Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Nov. 14, 2015

Noon – Keynote: Food Allergy Bullying: Survive & Thrive After Hades

Kristin Beltaos, M.A., Consultant / Licensed Trainer

Panel: Kristin Beltaos, Nicholle Miniero, Michelle Davison

1PM   Making the Allergen-free Kitchen your Creativity Station

Jeanne Sauvage, author

Panel: Jeanne Sauvage, Karen Robertson, Kelly Morgan

2 PM  Applying Food Allergy Science to Your Food Allergy Life

Jessica Dabler Martin, PhD

Panel: Jessical Dabler Martin, Kelly Morgan

3-5 PM Nurses/Teachers Food Allergy Workshop Training

Kristin Beltaos, M.A. of A Gift of Miles

Caring for Food Allergic Children

Description
This training provides guidance on how to handle daily care, manage safety and promote inclusiveness of food allergic children. You’ll learn about food allergies and intolerances, the identification, treatment and medication management of allergic reactions. Create a parent/educator partnership based on mutual responsibility and respect that ensures the safety of all allergic children.

Speaker Biographies

Kristin Beltaos, M.A.

Kristin Beltaos, consultant and owner of A Gift of Miles, offers food allergy and stress management consulting and education. She is a mother to a child with multiple food allergies that include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame, as well as seasonal allergies and asthma. Kristin is also a licensed trainer with the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, teaching food allergy continuing education to early childhood and school age providers and educators on how to keep food allergic children safe, happy and included.

Website: http://www.agiftofmiles.com

Facebook: A Gift of Miles    Twitter: @KristinBeltaos     Pinterest: A Gift of Miles

Jessica Martin, Ph.D.

Jessica earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she teaches undergraduate courses in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology. Outside of her teaching role, Jessica educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth, as well as multiple social media platforms. Her work has appeared at Asthma Allergies Children and Slate. Jessica is the mother of two young boys, one of whom has multiple life-threatening food allergies.

Blog: The Food Allergy Sleuth; http://www.foodallergysleuth.com

Facebook: Food Allergy Sleuth      Twitter: @FdAllergySleuth

Nicholle Mineiro, M.Ed., Attorney at Law

Nicholle is an attorney focusing on education advocacy and civil rights law. Nicholle is licensed to practice in both Washington and California, has a master’s degree in Education, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  She has served on the board of a nonprofit preschool and children’s organization, and has worked as a litigator for government agencies, including school districts.

Website:  www.mineirolawpllc.com

Kelly Morgan, MPA, MS – Nutrition Science and Policy

Kelly is the President of Washington FEAST, a Seattle-based support group and nonprofit.   Over the course of raising her 17 year old food allergic teen, she has, at times, had to avoid dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and gluten in the kitchen and at restaurants at home and abroad.   Her most recent culinary challenge has been acting as the Camp Blue Spruce baker for 3 years in a row where, for one week in the summer, she bakes several items a day that are free of the major 8 allergens as well as gluten, sesame, and coconut, and sometimes other ingredients as well, for 120 hungry camp staff and campers!

WA FEAST website: http://www.wafeast.org Kelly’s personal Twitter account: @everytummy

Karen Robertson

Karen Robertson, author and publisher of the bestselling book Cooking Gluten-Free! lives by the guiding principle that food is to be savored. She has cooked gluten free since her children were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997.  Her first book is a collaboration with celebrity chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Kathy Casey, and America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball plus many others. And her second book Cooking Gluten Free for the Holidays features full-color photos and recipes of essential holiday meals and treats. She has been featured in the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine, in Living Without magazine, on KUOW radio, nationally at patient conferences, and was the first GF cooking teacher at PCC Natural Markets. She was also a board member for the Gluten Intolerance Group.  In 2013 she operated at the Magnolia Farmers Market as Mama Ks Gluten Free Bakery.  While baking for the public, many customers requested items that avoid various ingredients such as dairy, corn, nuts, and eggs.  It was through these customers that Karen developed successful recipes using substitute ingredients.

Website: http://cookingglutenfree.com

Jeanne Sauvage   

Jeanne is the author of the new cookbook, Gluten-Free Wish List: Sweet and Savory Treats You’ve Missed the Most. Her first cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats was included in The Daily Meal’s “Top 25 Cookbooks of 2012” and on NPR’s “2012 Cookbook Roundup Shortlist. She is the voice behind of the popular blog, Art of Gluten-Free Baking, where she shares recipes, baking tips, and information to help others bake gluten-free treats that are indistinguishable from their wheat counterparts. She has been gluten-free since the birth of her daughter in 2000 triggered a gluten intolerance. She is also a food allergic adult herself as well as parent to a food allergic teen.

Blog: Art of Gluten-Free Baking http://www.artoglutenfreebaking.com

Facebook: Art of Gluten-Free Baking      Twitter and Instagram: @fourchickens

 

2015 FARE National Conference comes to Long Beach, CA!

by Kelly Morgan on April 23, 2015

Act fast!  Early Bird pricing ends 4/26/15!  

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Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a national food allergy conference in our neck of the woods ! The 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference will be held in Long Beach, CA at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, walking distance to many sunny, beach-y attractions. The conference offerings will mirror FARE’s mission: to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

FARE’s work is organized around three core tenets:

LIFE. Support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives.
HEALTH. Enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
HOPE. Encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.

Visit FARE’s Conference info page for much more information including the all important, food allergy info jam-packed schedule.   And meet and join teens, adults, and parents in learning, advocating and supporting FARE’s mission!

Travel tip: JetBlue flies direct to Long Beach airport!

Several ORTEGA products were recalled in Canada starting at the beginning of  November 2014 due to unlabeled allergens (peanut and tree nut) and now this recall has extended to the US.  It is extensive in geographic scope and products, including mixes, sauces, and taco kits that presumably contain these mix packets or sauces – please see link below for details.  Please forward to teachers, extended family, friends – anyone who could be taking care of individuals with life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.

RECALLED ORTEGA PRODUCTS

A list of the Ortega and Las Palmas products involved can be viewed here.  Check this link for the most up to date list.   The specific allergens are peanut and tree nuts (almonds). These products were widely distributed throughout the US and Canada.   Here is an additional link to the parent company, B & G Foods, website.

WHEN CROSS CONTACT OR MISLABELING IS SUSPECTED

If someone in your care has a reaction to Ortega product or any product in a manufactured product, restaurant or at home and the allergen is unknown, there is help available to figure out the source of the reaction and make sure companies and the FDA are informed of any risks to other individuals.  The Food Allergy Resource and Research Program at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (FARRP)’s Consumer Information Section has devoted a page to “Life Saving/Food Safety Issues.”   Here you will find steps to take when a reaction has occurred and the source of the allergen is undetermined.  Learn how to handle samples and follow-up with the company and the FDA.

STAYING ABREAST OF RECALLS

Washington FEAST does include a list of FDA recalls on our homepage in the left sidebar.  You can sign up for FDA recalls on your own as well here.  Another great source of recall information is the Food Poisoning Bulletin where you can sign up for additional emails updates about all types of food safety recall issues.

Stay safe!

Due to low numbers, we have decided to cancel this training. For more info about FARE’s College Program, visit http://www.foodallergy.org/collegeprogram

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On November 15, 2014, Washington FEAST is collaborating with FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), to offer a free training session on food allergies for college food service staff and a round table discussion for student support service staff on serving students with food allergies in the college setting.  Please see the flyer for more information.

We have limited space so please be in touch soon if you are interested and please forward to interested college disability and food services departments!

If you have any questions, please contact me. Kelly Morgan President, Washington FEAST, kelly at wafeast.org,

College Food Service Info session final

 

TEAL PUMPKIN CONTEST!

by Kelly Morgan on October 6, 2014

TEAL PUMPKIN CONTEST! FARE is sharing a fun idea developed by a food allergy support group in Tennessee. For Halloween, paint a plastic or real pumpkin TEAL and use it to offer up food-free fun to food allergic trick or treaters! Please share your pumpkins on the WA FEAST public Facebook page! We’ll send a Kyle Dine CD or iTunes card (your choice) to the creator of the best teal pumpkin!

FARE Blog about Teal Pumpkin Campaign

For PDF:  non-food-treats-halloweennon-food-treats-halloweennon-food-treats-halloween

UPDATE!  Register for the conference here!

View the schedule below.

And see location of The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center here.

Directions:

From I-5
Method 1: Exit at NE 65th St and head east on NE 65th. Continue on 65th until you reach the stop light at Sand Point Way NE. Turn left. Proceed north until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park on your right. This is approximately NE 74th and has a stop light. Turn right, into the park. As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station. Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

Method 2: From Highway 520, exit at Montlake Blvd. Turn north (right if you came from the east, left if you came from the west). Follow Montlake Blvd. north. After you pass Husky Stadium and the UW athletic fields, it curves to the right and becomes NE 45th St. A short while later, it curves to the left and becomes Sand Point Way NE. Continue almost two miles until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park, roughly at 74th NE, on your right. As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station. Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

 

2014 Seattle Food Allergy Fall Symposium Agenda

Washington FEAST is thrilled to announce that we are collaborating with the Seattle Food Allergy Consortium to bring you the latest and greatest on food allergy research and clinical trials as well as coping from schools and the 911 call to college food service – we will announce the speaker line up soon and it is good!   In the meantime, see our half sheet flyer with the basic info on the event. The project is funded in part by a Community Grant from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

2014 SeaFAC/WAFEAST Symposium and Conference

Kyle Dine visits Seattle schools and beyond!

by Kelly Morgan on September 23, 2014

Kyle Dine Promo 1Thanks to a Community Grant from Food Allergy Research and Education, Washington FEAST is happy to announce free food allergy awareness concerts with food allergy musician Kyle Dine. Kyle’s high energy performances pack just the right amount of food allergy information into a kid friendly and engaging package. Research suggests that 2 out of every 13 school age children has a food allergy. Bringing Kyle to your school will raise awareness about the seriousness of food allergies and anaphylaxis in the whole community. But his concerts also help students with food allergies know that they are not alone and are just like any other kid in school who wants a safe, inclusive place to learn.

Please see flyer and contact Kyle Dine at kyledine at gmail.com for availability.

Click on this link for more info: kyle school 2014 update

For more info about Kyle’s assemblies:  Food Allergy Assembly Info – Kyle Dine

2014 Seattle FARE Walk for Food Allergy – THIS SUNDAY!

by Kelly Morgan on September 23, 2014

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Washington FEAST (WA FEAST) is proud to support the 2014 Seattle FARE Walk for Food Allergies on Sunday, September 28 at beautiful Genesee Park (details below).    We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to support from the 2014 Microsoft Golf League’s Annual Charity Tournament, we are again sponsoring a concert by Kyle Dine, food allergy musician extraordinaire.  Kyle will be performing a short concert at 11:30AM and he will also be emceeing the event.

But wait, there’s more!  For the first time,  Kyle will be available for photos before AND after the walk at FARE’s Food Allergy Walk Photo Booth!    In fact, make sure you come back to the staging area AFTER the walk – sponsor and craft tables will be open and that is when we will raffle off prizes including movie tickets and a SPI belt among other items.  You may even hear another song or two from Kyle!  This year we will also have something fun for the kids to use during the concert to help Kyle keep the beat!

As usual, WA FEAST will have a table at the walk with info about our organization as well as some free FARE awareness materials including the amazing FARE Food Allergy Field Guide, anaphylaxis symptoms magnets and free pencils for the kids.  In addition, the first 50 families that come by the WA FEAST table will receive a free frame for your FARE Walk photo!

It is not too late to start a team or join an existing one, including the Washington FEAST Team!  We will have free t-shirts for WA FEAST Team members who would like one, until supplies run out.  

Other activities at the walk include an inflatable obstacle course, crafts, a gratitude table, and scavenger hunt/game for both the younger set and teens/adults.  Young children will collect beads on the walk and teams or families will be given a sheet of questions and the answers will be found on the walk route.  Fill out the answers and return your sheet to be included in the raffle drawing at the end of the walk!   Fun for all on what looks like a beautiful weekend!

IMPORTANT:  Samples will be offered during the Walk event but FARE is asking that they are not opened at the event to keep all walkers safe.

The park is easy to find, there should be plenty of parking, and AFTER the walk there is ample room for picnicking at Genesee Park.

2014 Seattle FARE Walk for Food Allergy – Genesee Park, 4316 S. Genesee Street Seattle, WA 98118

11 AM – Registration and Activities, Photo Booth, Crafts, Obstacle Course

11:30 AM  – Kyle Dine Performance

Noon – Walk Ceremony and Walk

12:45 or so –   FARE Awards and Raffle

2014 FARE Walk Flyer

 

Thanks to Jessica Young, organizer of the Seattle Hope on the Horizon Walk, all her hard work advocating for individuals with eosinophlic conditions – please support this important event which addresses a condition that afflicts many individuals with IgE mediated food allergy!

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I am organizing the 2nd annual Seattle Hope on the Horizon fundraising walk on May 18, 2014, in honor of National Eosinophil Awareness Week and to benefit APFED – American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders.  My daughter and I both suffer from a rare immune disorder called eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease (or EGID for short). This disease causes the body to mistakenly identify food proteins as parasites or foreign invaders and attack them. This immune reaction ultimately damages tissue throughout the GI tract, causing pain, trouble swallowing, vomiting, and more. There is no cure for this chronic disease, not even an FDA-approved treatment! Our goal in raising awareness and research money is that not only will people have a better understand of what EGID patients go through on a daily basis, but also that patients will get diagnosed faster, receive more personalized treatment plans to put their disease into remission, and ultimately have a better quality of life. Please join us for this important event, and donate if you can! Registration can be done in person on the day of the event- $10/person or $30/family. Registration opens at 12:30pm at North Seatac Park, and walk starts at 1pm. Door prizes will be announced after the walk, and all registered participants are eligible! Donations can be made online.

Staying safe = reading labels!

by Kelly Morgan on May 13, 2014

The food allergen labeling laws in the US make it imperative for anyone with a food allergy to take some time to understand what, really, is in a label.  Allergic Living has put together a great little summary article on these laws and implications for those of us who spend hours a week often in stores reading them.  The article also includes the exceptions to the laws and a handy link the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator contact info.   Also, never hurts to go to the source and the FDA has their “Food Allergies: What you need to know” brochure available online and it is also quite good.

If you want to get a little more “academic” about labeling, check out the Food Allergy and Research and Resource Program or FARRP at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   They have an extensive website devoted to research and industry, but also have put together a tidy and useful offering for consumers here.  You will find information about food sensitivities with links to support organizations, a thorough labeling primer and, pay attention here, a page  devoted to what you should do if you believe you or your child has had a reaction to a food item – save a sample!

Finally, labeling mistakes happen.  It is not hard to find examples of major allergens that have been left off of “contains” statement.

  • The fix? Always read the ENTIRE product package – ingredients list, may contains, contains, etc, open up flaps of packaging, don’t miss an inch of text.

But the most concerning scenario is when an allergen is  left off of an ingredients label altogether.

  • The fix depends on your level of concern.  You can proactively call manufacture to see if a manufacturer handles the allergen of concern and if so inquire as to whether or an allergen control program is in place.

But often manufacturers don’t realize they have made a mistake until these products are in the marketplace.

  • The fix: sign up for a good product recall announcement service such as Food Poisoning Bulletin,  FARE’s Alert and Ingredient Notices, or the federal government’s food safety portal, Foodsafety.gov’s Recalls and Alerts Page.   I was unable to search past recalls for a product on the Foodsafety.gov site but I was able to search past posts on the Food Poisoning Bulletin site.

But even the best food allergen sleuths could have weak moments, get bad info, or just be unlucky.

  • The fix: Always have a care plan in place, carry epinephrine at all times, and be prepared to use it if a reaction occurs.  Poor outcomes are associated with delays in the administration of epinephrine!   For more information about anaphylaxis, please visit the Food Allergy Research and Education Anaphylaxis resource page.   And don’t forget to report reactions due to incomplete labeling to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator – link to contact info above.

Read, read again, call if you need to, and always be prepared for an emergency.  Stay safe!

Washington Feast

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