Situation Food Allergy: Your child & the food label, part 1.

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Situation Food Allergy. Does she open the bag?

BLOG POST #94 — Your daughter, who is allergic to dairy and tree nuts, is sleeping at her friend's house. It's Saturday just after midnight and they're watching movies in the living room. The adults are fast asleep.

"Who's hungry?" her friend says reaching into the snack cabinet and grabbing a few bags of snacks. "My mom said these are safe for you, Michelle."

She throws the unopened bag of chips to your daughter, who immediately scans the ingredients. There are a lot of ingredients listed — all safe. She's never heard of the snack brand before but she's hungry, especially since she forgot her bag of snacks at home. 

Does she open the bag and eat them?

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.