Situation Food Allergy: Is the cookie still safe?


Situation Food Allergy. Would your child still eat it?

BLOG POST #87 — Every day after school, your middle school son stops at a local convenience store with his friends. There's a package of chocolate chips cookies that he always buys as an after school snack. They're good. They're filling. And, most important, they're safe. Well, they used to be.

As he is standing in the long checkout line, he inadvertently looks at the ingredient statement. That's when he sees the phrase: This product is manufactured on equipment that processes products containing peanuts... 

He is allergic to peanuts and yet he has been eating these cookies all year. He doesn't ever remember seeing that line on the package before. Is this a change in how they make the cookies? Or did they change the label just in case? 

Your child is next in line, and he's "starving" because you forgot to pack extra chips in his lunch. His friends are impatiently waiting for him outside.

"Hi, is this everything?" the clerk asks. 

What does your child do next? 


JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.