10 allergen friendly birthday treat ideas perfect for school parties

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Birthdays are so much fun and chances are your child is going to want to celebrate at school.  Due to the rising cases of food allergies many schools have tightened up their policies to only allow certain foods in the classroom.

In fact according to F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research and Education), “One in every 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, which equals about two kids in every classroom.”

Gone for many schools are the days of homemade cupcakes or freshly baked cookies. Wondering why? It’s not that homemade treats are bad it’s that teachers aren’t able to read an ingredient list to determine if it’s safe for a student who has allergies.  In addition, manufacturers are required to put allergen warnings on the packages.  Many parents associate allergies with just peanuts but there are actually eight allergens that are very common to be aware of:

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TOP 8 Allergens

-Peanut
-Tree nuts
-Milk
-Egg
-Wheat
-Soy
-Fish
-Shellfish

RELATED: How to read a label for food allergies

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Here’s some great ideas for treats that are safe.  An organization, Snack Safely, updates a list every month where it checks with manufacturers about how various products are prepared and if the facilities in which the products are made are allergen-friendly.  If you’re looking for a class treat and don’t want to read every label in the snack isle this is a great quick resource.  This is the list updated on September 8th, 2016.

RELATED: SNACK SAFELY GUIDE (SEPT 8TH, 2016)

Here’s 5 snack ideas that the Snack Safely Guide says are free of Peanuts/Tree Nuts/Eggs 

Disclaimer: Please be sure to read all labels before purchasing and giving products to a child with allergies.  These items are from the September 8th, 2016 guide and are subject to change.

1. Charms, Blow Pops, Mini Pops

2.Tootsie Fruit Rolls – Cherry, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Vanilla

3. PhillySwirl – Organic Jungle Swirls, Popperz, Swirl Cups w/Candy Spoonz, Swirl Stix

4. Tootsie Pops – Cheery, Chocolate, Grape, Orange, Raspberry

5. Sugar Daddy

Here’s 5 snack ideas that the Snack Safely Guide says are labeled free of Peanuts/Tree Nuts 

Disclaimer: Please be sure to read all labels before purchasing and giving products to a child with allergies.  These items are from the September 8th, 2016 guide and are subject to change.

1. Smartfood – White Cheddar, Reduced Fat, Movie Theater Butter

2.Pepperidge Farm 100 Calorie Pouches Goldfish Pretzels

3. Pirate’s Booty – Aged White Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion, New York Pizza

4. Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks – Dora the Explorer, Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob Square Pants, Shark Bites

5. Oreos – Original, Double Stuf

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