With back to school comes the endless take home’s and forms to fill out. You get reminders of things students need to have for classes, reminders on rules, dress codes, lice (eww.. but true) and allergies.
Food allergies are serious business, not only can they cause uncomfortable reactions, but they also have the potential to cause irreversible damage and even death! While some are okay around the offending allergen, some can’t even be in the same room when a package is open or will suffer a severe anaphylactic reaction!
I’m not going to get into my views on the increase of food allergies in kids in this post. In my kids schools Peanut allergies are at the top, then things like tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, seafood, sulphites, casein, gluten and soy… I’ve even heard of oranges…I even know some kids that if they ingest food dye can be seriously affected like yellow dye 5 &6 red (known carcinogen and blue) but Dorito’s?
That’s what’s on a notice sent home to parents from one school in Windsor Ontario.
With all the hype surrounding Food Allergies and the stigma attached to those who suffer them, classifying a brand of processed nacho chips seems not only silly but grossly misinformed and ignorant about what a food allergy actually is. Its like saying someone is allergic to Cheeto’s or Pizza Hut
It stands to question.. “What type of Dorito’s?” All Doritos? or the BBQ, Nacho, Sweet chilli or Intense Pickle ones? Does this include all Nacho chips that Humpty Dumpty, Tostitos and the no-name brands offer as well?
Do you see where I’m going with this? We can’t just claim and blanket an entire brand as an allergy. (although, with the amount of GMO and chemical ingredients contained in these products, I’m ready to jump on board and band these snack foods for all children…)
I think some due process is “due” here. I mean, it’s not actually the Dorito’s is it?
A quick search online for Dorito’s ingredients produced this from the Pepsi Co. Website
As a mom with a child with a food allergy, I can respect the fact that we need to keep kids safe. I’m all for it, you are preaching to the choir. Yes, and I mean ruin it for all the other kids because of that ONE KID who has an allergy. Because, that one kid could be mine. Or yours. Or hers. I’d make my kid suffer in a heart beat by not taking or eating an offending allergen at school if it means keeping just one more kid safe at school.
All I’m asking is can we be a bit more specific?
Looking over the above list of ingredients the first thing that jumps out at me is Holy GMO SnackMan!
What is it that this Dorito food allergy is really all about here? Is it the dairy (cheeses and milk), wheat, corn, soy, MSG ?
Wouldn’t it be better to list the actual allergen as opposed to crucifying an entire brand name? This way concerned, compassionate parents like myself could make sure to be careful with other products we may be sending to school too.
What do you think?
Can Dorito’s be considered the newest food allergy? or should schools be more pro-active in stating the actual allergens to stop people from down playing seriousness of food allergies?
If Dorito’s are in fact the new food allergy, or even suspected of being one, then I’m all for banning them, even if it’s only to keep that one kid safe at school.