As providing a safe environment for our students is a major concern, we wish to remind all parents that a peanut/nut free environment cannot be guaranteed in our school as complete avoidance of all allergens is not possible.
Students at risk of anaphylactic reactions should only eat food prepared from their home. They should refrain from buying food from outside suppliers (hot lunch programs, fundraising pizza lunches) or school cafeterias and from consuming food offered through nutritional support programs. Although peanuts or nut products are not used in the preparation of the meals/snacks in these suppliers’ production kitchens, cross-contamination may have occurred on site, in transit or at the original source of the primary ingredients (e.g. Plant X producing chicken nuggets as well as products containing nut/peanut derivatives).
Furthermore, please take particular note that:
- Peanut or nut free labeling is not government regulated, since the presence of peanuts or nuts cannot be tested.
- A list of ingredients free of peanuts/nuts does not equal safe, since “May contain traces of peanuts/nuts” labeling is not mandatory or controlled. Consequently, it it is not possible to reduce the risk to zero and to create a peanut/nut free environment.
Therefore, no packaged/processed food can be guaranteed as peanut/nut free. To prevent accidental exposure to peanuts or nuts, all parents should prioritize fruits and vegetables and milk products as snacks and desserts.