San Diego Bakery Exposes Truth About Allergen Risks Found Within Major Airliners

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With Peanut Allergies tripling in recent years, Jamie Schwartz, owner and operator of an allergen free bakery, comments on current airline standards in regards to certain foods carried in large quantities on airplanes.

Surveys that have been conducted throughout the U.S. reveal an alarming trend occurring amongst America's youth in particular. Nearly 8 in every 10,000 children are now diagnosed with peanut allergies compared to 2 in 10,000 kids in 1999. With this staggering rise in food allergies amongst the general population, Jamie Schwartz points out current flaws in airline policy regarding passenger well-being. “There are no nut-free flights currently operating in the US. While legislature is currently being written that when passed will require airlines to declare a small portion of their flights each week to be peanut free, there is no legislature being considered for other food allergies,” Schwartz points out.

Although airlines are aware that allergies, especially to nuts, can sometimes lead to serious medical problems, none of them are willing to issue a guarantee that their flights are essentially free of allergens such as nuts. None of the administration offices of these airlines are willing to look into all their menus to ensure that no pieces or oils coming from nuts are used as ingredients of their in-flight foods.

Moreover, no airline company is willing to spend time and money on making sure that each and every one of their passengers are screened for bringing nut products or for having nut dust on their clothing and other items. Because of this, the problem of dealing with probable allergic reactions to something inside the plane or to the food served during a flight naturally falls on each passenger.

Schwartz states, “Since the air in a plane is recycled, individuals with severe allergies may have a reaction simply from breathing minute particles recycled from other parts of the plane.”

“While some airlines are willing to institute a "nut-free buffer zone" of several seats in either direction of the allergic individual if given enough notice, most airlines take no precautions and will not adjust the food they serve or ask passengers to refrain from eating certain foods on board,” she adds.

As an allergen-free bakery, Starry Lane Bakery has taken upon itself to help highly allergic individuals to deal with air travel where they could be exposed to potential allergens. They advise not only the bringing of medical supplies in case of emergencies, but also a box of their baked goodies to take the place of in-flight food.

Aside from this, the bakery company also recommends that an airline be contacted weeks prior to travelling so that a buffer zone can be set up around the seat of a highly allergic individual. There are now several air carriers in the US that offers this buffer zone option, which entails the clearing of three rows of seats behind and in the front of an allergic passenger and the serving of nut-free snacks.

To be safe at all times, individuals with life-threatening reactions to allergens are counseled to consider other means of transportation though instead of facing the probability of a medical emergency high up in the air.

“Planes are especially dangerous for people with food allergies since if they do have a reaction, the plane must be landed at a near airport before any medical help can be given. So, it is better to be safe than sorry,” Schwartz underscores.

It is the mission of Starry Lane Bakery to help create an allergen-free zone for individuals suffering from food allergies. They also aim to educate the public about the gravity of this problem in the US while giving them the chance to indulge in tasty desserts that are all free of any kind of allergen.

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