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Thursday
Jan122012

New Peanut Butter Cheerios Worry Parents of Allergic Kids

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- General Mills has recently introduced Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal, which the manufacturer touts as allowing consumers to  ”(i)ndulge in real peanut butter taste without derailing your diet.”

But parents with children who have peanut allergies worry that the new product could, in fact, derail their kids’ peanut-free diets if playmates share their snacks with them.

Others have voiced concerns of cross-contamination at facilities manufacturing both traditional Cheerios, a long-favored snack among toddlers, and peanut butter Cheerios.

In a statement, General Mills said the company could say with “complete confidence” that Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter will not cross-contaminate other Cheerios varieties."

“General Mills employs the most stringent allergen control practices in the industry,” the company said.

The Cheerios fears come on the heels of the death last week of a Virginia first grader who suffered an allergic reaction during recess.  Her mother told reporters she had a peanut allergy.  Police reported on Wednesday that she had received a peanut from another student who was unaware of her allergy.

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Thursday
Jan122012

Allergic Girl Who Died at School Got Peanut from Another Child

Getty Images/Photo Researchers RM(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Ammaria Johnson, the 7-year-old Virginia girl who died after an allergic reaction at school, was given a peanut by another child unaware of her allergy, police said.

Johnson ate the peanut on the playground of her Chesterfield County elementary school, Hopkins Elementary, during recess. After noticing hives and shortness of breath, she approached a teacher and was taken to the school clinic. A clinic aid was trying to help her when she stopped breathing, according to police.

"When emergency crews arrived, she was already in cardiac arrest in the clinic," Lt. Jason Elmore, a spokesman for the Chesterfield County Fire Department, told ABC News.

An investigation by Chesterfield police concluded that Johnson died from cardiac arrest and anaphylaxis, and that no crime or criminal negligence was committed by the child who shared the peanut, school personnel or Johnson's mother.

"Although not a crime, Amarria's death is a tragedy and the Chesterfield County Police Department expresses its deepest sympathies to her family, classmates and school personnel as they deal with this difficult and painful event," police chief Col. Thierry Dupuis said in a statement.

Johnson's death raised questions about how schools and parents should handle severe allergies. Experts say Johnson could have been saved by an EpiPen -- a device that injects epinephrine to reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis, currently available only by prescription. But Hopkins Elementary had no such device on hand for Johnson.

Chesterfield County school policy states that parents are responsible for providing the school "with all daily and emergency medications prescribed by the student's health-care provider," and keeping medications up to date.

But a proposed bill would encourage states to adopt laws requiring schools stock EpiPens like bandages and other first-aid supplies for any student or staff member in an anaphylactic emergency. The bill would include liability protection for school officials who give epinephrine in good faith.

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