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Peanuts on Northwest Airlines prompt protests.. War on Peanuts!
CNN ^ | Feb 16th, 2009

Posted on 02/16/2009 10:33:29 AM PST by TaraP

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The return of peanuts to the snack menu at Northwest Airlines this month has prompted a spasm of protests from travelers with allergies.. The change comes four months after Northwest merged with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and in the midst of a national salmonella outbreak involving Peanut Corporation of America. Georgia, where the company has a plant, is the top peanut-producing state in the country. Northwest began handing out the goobers as snacks on February 1, as Delta has been doing for years. In Minneapolis, where Northwest is based, news of the change has resulted in a flood of responses on the Web site of the Star Tribune, a local newspaper. "This is a very disappointing development," wrote one man who responded to the story. "My wife's allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction." "Northwest is really out of touch with its customers and the reality of allergies to peanuts," wrote another reader. "What's wrong with pretzels?"

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KEYWORDS: airlines; foodpolice; nwa; peanuts
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1 posted on 02/16/2009 10:33:29 AM PST by TaraP
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To: TaraP

To those that are allergic to peanuts...don’t eat them.

Now that we’ve covered this clearly...shut the hell up.

Thanks in advance,

Badeye


2 posted on 02/16/2009 10:35:11 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: TaraP

I prefer smoked almonds.


3 posted on 02/16/2009 10:35:18 AM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: TaraP

I’ve had people tell me they will DIE if they have the dust from someone who just ate peanuts, sit next to them.

Is it really that deadly? I mean I know allergies can cause shock and make you die, but seriously, that little bit?


4 posted on 02/16/2009 10:35:58 AM PST by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristopherson)
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To: TaraP

“My wife’s allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction.”

So what?

I love peanuts. Am I supposed to stop eating them in public because some hypersensitive creature is allergic to the odor?!?


5 posted on 02/16/2009 10:36:40 AM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: netmilsmom

PING

Speaking of which...


6 posted on 02/16/2009 10:36:55 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: TaraP

Carter’s fault!


7 posted on 02/16/2009 10:37:17 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: autumnraine

What about the person who took a bath in Midnight Velvet toilet water?

Cologne can trigger allergies as well...

Will the madness ever stop???


8 posted on 02/16/2009 10:38:19 AM PST by TaraP (The RAPTURE: Separation of Church and State)
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To: TaraP

> “My wife’s allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction.” “Northwest is really out of touch with its customers and the reality of allergies to peanuts,”

I’m allergic to this man’s stupidity.


9 posted on 02/16/2009 10:38:21 AM PST by max americana
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To: TaraP

Well dude if your wife is that allergic she shouldn’t be flying commercial, since people often bring their own snacks. You want that stopped too?


10 posted on 02/16/2009 10:38:41 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: rightwingcrazy
ASSAULTED PEANUT


11 posted on 02/16/2009 10:39:00 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Badeye

Thank you. My thoughts exactly.


12 posted on 02/16/2009 10:39:13 AM PST by softwarecreator (Wow, free food, free gas and no more mortgage payments after January 2009, thanks Obama!!)
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To: TaraP

UNREAL. I wonder where all these fragile people who were allergic to peanuts came from? They certainly weren’t around when I was in school. In fact, I never heard of peanut allergy before, say, 1994.


13 posted on 02/16/2009 10:39:34 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: TaraP

“What’s wrong with pretzels?”

Pretzels cause plaque buildup and provide nothing but empty calories. Peanuts, on the other hand, will do away with loathsome little hothouse flowers that can’t stand the sun or eat bacon.


14 posted on 02/16/2009 10:39:51 AM PST by Leg Olam (my gurlfrnd syas my tyipgns as goood as my sex)
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To: TaraP

Congress and their three “republicans” need to pass a law...


15 posted on 02/16/2009 10:41:03 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: TaraP
Pretzels, as it turns out, are poisonous to those carrying any one of the genes that can cause Celiac disease (which, btw, is ultimately fatal if not treated).

We are 3.5% of the population whereas you peanut allergy folks are far less than 1.0%.

So, if the airlines are going to ban OUR FOOD they must necessarily ban wheat and wheat byproducts.

(NOTE: Peanuts are a good source of protein and carbohydrates for Celiac victims.)

16 posted on 02/16/2009 10:41:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: TaraP
...peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-related death, but this tragic event is very rare, affecting approximately one per 830,000 children with food allergy every year. The prevalence of peanut allergy is about 1percent — this incidence appears to be on the rise, but the perception of allergy even where it doesn’t truly exist is rising even faster.

http://health.blogs.foxnews.com/tag/peanut-allergy/

17 posted on 02/16/2009 10:41:38 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: autumnraine
I witnessed our superintendent nearly die from eating one fourth of a peanut in a salad. The host at the restaurant gave him mouth to mouth.

We worked at a prison and we used to provide the wards bags of peanuts during special movie nights as incentives, circa 1974. We had the warehouse deliver a case of peanuts to his office when we got back. We kept our jobs and actually got along with the guy. Seeing someone in shock like that is serious and I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone.

18 posted on 02/16/2009 10:42:06 AM PST by nufsed
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To: DieHard the Hunter

They used to die early.


19 posted on 02/16/2009 10:42:33 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: autumnraine

I’m visting the USA, and notice many bulletins, and on food preparations, SAYS THIS WAS PREPARED IN KITCHENS WHERE THERE ARE NO NUTS. In all honesty, do they think they know WHY all of these peanut allergies all of a sudden are showing up..It does seem to be common, what gives?


20 posted on 02/16/2009 10:42:39 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: TaraP

If you can’t live in the real world. Stay home.

A peanut handicap makes you unfit for living in society


21 posted on 02/16/2009 10:43:30 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: Badeye
I am actually not certain how many people are actually allergic to peanuts. We have a neighbor who claims her daughter is allergic to peanuts and has had them banned from the local public schools...and not just peanuts but peanut butter and all other products that have peanuts in them. Her claim is that her daughter will go into shock and may die if she comes in contact with any peanut product.

The other day I saw the daughter with her friends sharing a box of Girl Scout peanut butter cookies. There was no shock. I was surprised but stayed around for about an hour to make certain there would be no reaction.

Then I realized, her mother is about 40 years old which means the mother was born around 1969 and would have been between 8 and 12 during the Carter years when peanut butter was a staple in many if not most struggling households. I was in my late 20s and early 30s and ate a ton of peanut butters which was plentiful and relatively inexpensive as Carter drove our economy into ruin.

Flame away all you people who think that the percentage of people with life-threatening peanut allergies has quintupled since 1991. And I can save you a lot of time. You can also flame me for noting that there is no scientific evidence that vaccines cause Autism while you are at it.

22 posted on 02/16/2009 10:45:00 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: rovenstinez

Not knocking anyone who has a food allergy..

But IMHO Many people today have a Allergy to Sanity.


23 posted on 02/16/2009 10:45:23 AM PST by TaraP (The RAPTURE: Separation of Church and State)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

LOL!!!

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 02/16/2009 10:45:50 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: TaraP

Peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes. “Peas” People allergic to peanuts are the nuts.


25 posted on 02/16/2009 10:46:36 AM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

>>The other day I saw the daughter with her friends sharing a box of Girl Scout peanut butter cookies. There was no shock<<

Get out!


26 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:18 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

There is a small percentage of the human race that will in fact enter shock and die if they ingest peanuts, or its derivitives. Had a kid at Miami University (Ohio) a few years ago die when he ordered chinese take out.

He asked if there were peanuts in any of the food, and was told no.

They forgot to tell him they were using peanut oil in the fryers. Kid died within an hour of eating.

The bottom line is if you are one of these 1% types, its up to YOU to avoid them. JMHO.


27 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:46 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Darkwolf377

” but this tragic event is very rare, affecting approximately one per 830,000 children with food allergy every year. The prevalence of peanut allergy is about 1percent — “

Must be ‘new math’....

I don’t see how the author derives that 1% number fro 1 in 830,000......


28 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:48 AM PST by Uncle Ike (At some point, government has to be the next bubble to burst. (H/T Freeper This_far))
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To: autumnraine
Kind of hard to ban these inexpensive, high protein treats (and PBJ sammiches!) from the schools and implement socialized, taxpayer funded lunches, if peanuts were NOT evil, you know.

Second hand peanuts killing children, second hand smoke killing children, what's next?

29 posted on 02/16/2009 10:51:15 AM PST by KittenClaws
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To: Badeye

To those that are allergic to peanuts...don’t eat them.

Now that we’ve covered this clearly...shut the hell up.

Thanks in advance,

Badeye

You don’t need to eat them to be effected in a closed environment with your air going everywhere you can give a person next to you or several rows back an anaphylactic reaction... but hey at least you got peanuts right..


30 posted on 02/16/2009 10:51:59 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Uncle Ike

Wouldn’t 1% be something like 3 million? Weird.


31 posted on 02/16/2009 10:52:09 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: autumnraine

Peanuts are nasty and yes for many who have it the allergy becomes sever enough to kill with only a miner exposure to the dust (the dust is actually the protein people are allergic to).


32 posted on 02/16/2009 10:53:07 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

If thats the case, buy a bubble to live in, and don’t fly.


33 posted on 02/16/2009 10:53:56 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: indcons

no you’re supposed to not eat them in a closed air environment where others can get sick... Didnt your mother teach you any manners and consideration or is sticking it to other people just too much damn fun?


34 posted on 02/16/2009 10:54:04 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

See #33


35 posted on 02/16/2009 10:55:18 AM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

The number of people with allergies is on the rise especially peanuts. Nobody knows quite why but you cant fake a peanut allergy..


36 posted on 02/16/2009 10:55:21 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: muawiyah

yes but you Celiac disease is not affected if the person next to you eats them...


37 posted on 02/16/2009 10:56:28 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: KittenClaws

Whats next? Little green crackers


38 posted on 02/16/2009 10:57:54 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: bert

I pray no kid in your life is ever subject to an allergy that would lead you to lock them in the house because they are unfit for society..


39 posted on 02/16/2009 10:57:56 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: autumnraine

from junkfoodscience.com:

“One of the most commonly held beliefs is that the odor from peanut products, such as peanut butter, can result in an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis, said Dr. Michael C. Young, M.D., assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, allergy and clinical immunology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Young is also the peanut allergy expert, helped to develop the first guidelines for schools in managing food allergies as a member of the Massachusetts Dept. of Education Task Force on Anaphylaxis, and authored The Peanut Allergy Answer Book. In an article [available here] for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, he said: “It is important to examine the scientific basis of these ideas before accepting them as fact.”

As he explained about the popular myth that the odor from peanut products could bring on a severe allergic reaction:

There are, in fact, a number of case reports in the medical literature of patients who report symptoms of difficulty breathing, chest tightness, skin rashes, itching, and various other symptoms—all from smelling peanut butter or being in the presence of peanut products. However, a recent blinded, placebo-controlled trial of children exposed to open peanut butter was unable to document any reactions.

Based on these reports of allergic reactions resulting from “inhalation”, many parents express concern that the mere presence of any peanut product can contaminate the surrounding airborne environment resulting in an entire room or area being unsafe for a child with peanut allergy. In evaluating these reactions from “airborne exposure,” it is important to remember several facts. First, allergic reactions to food are triggered by specific food proteins. Without contact with protein, there is no allergic reaction.

The study Dr. Young referenced was conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. They took thirty young children with documented severe peanut-specific allergies (using IgE antibody testing and clinical anaphylaxis, contact reactions or positive reactions on double-blind, placebo-controlled oral challenges). These children underwent double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized exposures to peanut butter through skin contact and inhalation. Neither the children or researchers knew which exposure contained the peanuts or placebo (scent was masked with soy butter, tuna and mint) and contact exposure used soy butter with histamine. There were no serious reactions. They concluded that “casual exposure to peanut butter is unlikely to elicit significant allergic reactions,” even in at least 90% of highly sensitive children with peanut allergy.

Dr. Young’s article goes on to explain how food particles containing proteins can become airborne, such as during the peanut shelling process which can create a cloud of peanut particles, or releasing particles under pressure in an enclosed space; or high heat processing of peanuts; all of which can affect food industry workers. So, while there are case reports of severe asthma from airborne exposure to food in these extreme situations, “the typical inhalation reaction would be similar to that suffered by a cat-allergic person exposed to a cat walking into a room: itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.” As he said, the “chance of a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction from airborne exposure is very small.”


40 posted on 02/16/2009 10:58:06 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: N3WBI3

It may be sad, but it is true.


41 posted on 02/16/2009 10:58:51 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: TaraP

How about mentioning the primary issue - air recirc systems - smoking was banned because it’s cheaper to make everyone on the aircraft breath bad air?

They are germ-soup incubators on a red-eye because of this. Venting fresh air costs more, I guess. Hm.


42 posted on 02/16/2009 10:59:51 AM PST by Freedom4US (l)
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To: netmilsmom

yea and last month I faked a trip to the ER and drugs for my kid because she got a hold of some PB... We nutty anti peanut people are devious indeed..


43 posted on 02/16/2009 10:59:51 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: driftdiver

LOL!


44 posted on 02/16/2009 11:00:17 AM PST by KittenClaws
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To: Badeye

For the most part I agree with you but Airplanes are a special deal because of the closed environment.


45 posted on 02/16/2009 11:00:36 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

Yes it is serious and deadly.

Don’t you think its unreasonable of people suffering from a rare disease to make reasonable accommodations to the world and not make the world meet their needs?

Of course this is a parallel to the americans with disabilities act which is frequently used to bankrupt small companies because 1 customer decided he was discriminated against. I know one blind guy who goes around looking for people he can sue.


46 posted on 02/16/2009 11:01:22 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TaraP

Southwest Airlines has been serving peanuts as snacks for most if not all its 35+ years of operation. Last year they flew over 104 million passengers and not one died from peanuts or second hand peanut odors that I know of. Given the lawsuit happy legal profession, I’m sure that Southwest would have banned peanuts a long time ago if they were bad.


47 posted on 02/16/2009 11:01:33 AM PST by CedarDave (Pray that during the next four years we don't lose the America we so love.)
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To: Badeye

it takes a special kind of person to 5h17 on other people for a bag of peanuts..


48 posted on 02/16/2009 11:01:49 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

See #40 too - the “peanut allergens spreading through air” nonsense is exactly that - junk science and nonsense.


49 posted on 02/16/2009 11:01:58 AM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: rovenstinez
I'd like to know where it came from as well. Growing up, I never heard of this type of allergy. PB & J was a school staple.

I love peanuts. Out of the shell, out of the can, peanut butter straight out of the jar.

I'd be real *issed if they started banning them.

There has to be some scientific reason for this upsurge in peanut allergies.

50 posted on 02/16/2009 11:02:26 AM PST by AFreeBird
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