When Kristen Dean learned that her five year old daughter had a life threatening peanut allergy, she quickly began researching and educating herself on nut allergies. “Nut Out Cakes was created because my daughter has a life threatening Peanut Allergy. Nut Out Cakes is a 100 percent Nut Free licensed local Strathmore area business. We ensure we are Nut Free by carefully checking all product labels as well as contacting individual vendors to ensure their products are made in a Nut Free facility. (i.e. Flour, Sugar, Vanilla, Sprinkles, Food Colouring, Fondant etc.). We also get recall warning emails from CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). We have a passion for baking and providing great tasting and beautiful products”.
Anaphylaxis Canada describes food allergies by saying, “Your immune system normally protects you from germs and disease. It helps you to fight off bacteria, viruses, and other tiny organisms that can make you sick. If you have a food allergy, your immune system mistakenly treats something in a particular food (most often, the protein) as if it’s dangerous to you. Your body reacts to the food by having an allergic reaction”.
Allergic reactions can be extremely scary and especially if you aren’t aware that you yet have the allergy. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include hives, itching, flushed skin, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hoarse voice, swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, coughing, wheezing, sneezing, shortness of breath, irritability, confusion, sweating, dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness and others.
Anaphylaxis Canada says that the key to living with a nut allergy, or any food allergy for that matter, is ensuring that products have proper labelling. Dean also believes this and says that she prides herself on making sure that all her products are clearly labeled so that customer know exactly what is, and is not, in her yummy treats.
Approximately 2.5 million Canadians are allergic to at least one food and Anaphylaxis Canada reports that close to six percent of young children are affected by a food allergy. It’s also reported that food allergies in children under the age of 18 has tripled in the last 15 years.
Nut Out Cakes commits to being concerned with the health and well-being of their customers. “We are proud to be a Nut Free establishment. We understand the severity of both peanut and tree nut allergies. We take every precaution to ensure that peanuts and tree nuts are not used in any of our bakery products and are not cross contaminated in any of our products by doing the following:
• We do not use peanuts or tree nuts or coconuts in any of our products.
• We have Pre-Operational Personnel and Sanitation Checklists that ensure that Nut Out Cakes remains Nut Free during the baking process.
• We ensure we are Nut Free by carefully checking all product labels.
• We contact individual vendors to ensure their products are made in Nut Free facilities (i.e. Flour, Sugar, Vanilla, Sprinkles, Food Colouring, Fondant etc.)
• We get recall warning emails from CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) on Nut and Peanut products.”
To learn more about Nut Out Cakes, please visit www.nutoutcakes.com