PEANUT AND TREE NUT ALERT
We have several students at Goodnoe Elementary who have severe allergies to peanuts and/or tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.). This food allergy can be life-threatening so strict avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction. Peanuts, peanut oil and tree nuts can be found in many foods including baked goods and many chocolate candies.
We must do all we can to provide our students with a safe learning environment. In an effort to allow all students to participate fully in school activities, we ask that you do not send in any food for snacks or classroom parties that may contain peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil or tree nuts. It is important that you read all food labels. Examples of safe snacks are listed below. We have also set up a “peanut-safe” table for each lunch period. Any child who has a peanut/tree nut allergy may sit at this table. A friend may sit with him/her only if she/he DOES NOT have any food item or items in their lunch that contains peanut/tree nuts.
The following are examples of snacks that are considered safe for children with peanut allergies:
JELLO PUDDING SNACKS
NUTRI- GRAIN CEREAL BARS
PEPPERRIDGE FARM GOLDFISH
PHILADELPHIA BRAND SNACK BARS
DOLE FRUIT BOWLS
FRUIT BY THE FOOT
LAYS POTATO CHIPS
TOSTITOS TORTILLA CHIPS
TREE NUT DIET
AVOID foods that contain nuts or any of these ingredients:
Gianduja (a creamy mixture of chocolate and chopped toasted nuts found in premium or imported chocolates)
Nut butters, i.e. cashew butter
Nut paste, i.e. almond paste
Pecans (Mashuga nuts)
Pine nuts (pinyon, Indian nuts)
Keep the following in mind:
1. Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored with a nut, like pecan or walnut.
2. Filberts are also hazelnuts.
3. Avoid natural extracts, i.e. pure almond extract, use imitation or artificial flavored extracts.
4. Tree nuts have been used in many foods including barbecue sauce, cereals, crackers and ice cream