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28Oct

Recently I ate some prawn crackers. I love prawn crackers. They are one of those snacks which I can often enjoy because prawn crackers are gluten, wheat and dairy free. Woo Hoo.

They do contain fish and egg so are no good if you are allergic to these allergens but for me, they’re tasty and make a change from ready salted crisps!

Marks & Spencers dairy free prawn crackers

I eat these ones

Marks & Spencer Prawn Crackers, which do come with all the annoying may contain warnings, but which are OK for me to eat.

I love them and often probably annoy the other passengers on the late train home from London by munching my way through a pack if I’ve not found suitable food elsewhere.

And I eat these ones

Sharwoods gluten, wheat and dairy free prawn crackers
Sharwoods Prawn Crackers ingredients:

Tapioca Starch, Vegetable Oil, Prawns (14%), Sugar, Egg, Salt.

Which are more pricey, but you know what you’re getting.

No gluten, wheat or dairy.

Just plain old salt of the earth prawn crackers.

Sometimes I even eat these ones

Tesco prawn crackers - dairy free
Ingredients for Tesco prawn crackers:

Tapioca Flour, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, egg, Prawn (7%), Sugar, Salt.

Simple ingredients and pretty much the same across the board from all the brands I’ve featured here, and other brands.

There is a bit of theme going on here isn’t there?

I think I may be eating too many prawn crackers…

Recently I ate ONE cracker from a pack of these ones…

Sainsbury's Prawn Crackers sometimes contain MILK

Sainsbury’s Prawn Crackers sometimes contain MILK

Which I’ve eaten before.

Many times.

I know I’ve eaten them before.

A quick google search and I found them online with the following ingredients:

Tapioca Flour, Vegetable Oil, Prawns (13%), Sugar, Whole Egg, Salt.

However the pack I bought, looked exactly the same but the ingredients read: Tapioca flour, high oleiec sunflower oil (whatever that is) prawns (in bold), sugar, salt, condensed cows MILK (ALSO IN BOLD)- GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Strangely these don’t appear to contain egg, but they sure tasted like the normal egg based prawn crackers… Is this a mistake with labelling?

One bite and I knew something was WRONG!

Itchy lips and throat, very slight tingling and that feeling in my throat of wanting to claw the food back out.

Too late.

But three whopper antihistamines, chewing gum on speed dial, water, sitting calmly and a few gallons of tea later and all is well.

I inadvertently touched the skin on my neck and chest with a prawn-crackery hand and it was COVERED in hives, which has been driving me insane ever since but on the whole, a lucky escape.

My stomach was very sore and felt like it was tied in knots after only a short time and gave me some pain overnight, but I was fine this morning.

When I woke I thought my face was on fire, but I think mostly thanks to Protopic (the flushing may have been caused by the Protopic), when I actually GOT up my face was OK. Eyes a bit sore, but on the whole, unscathed from the attack of ONE blooming prawn cracker.

Please don’t make the same mistake I made. Just because a lot of stuff at Sainsbury’s IS OK for me, does not mean that I should stop checking labels.

Just because LOTS of other prawn crackers do not contain milk does not mean all prawn crackers are milk free.

A big reminder to me that checking labels is a MUST ALWAYS.

If you have allergies there is a never a day when NOT checking for allergens is an option because that is the day, like yesterday, when you will take a bite and know instantly that you shouldn’t have taken the risk.

If I hadn’t noticed the early symptoms so quickly would I have had a more severe reaction?

Sainsbury’s Prawn Crackers contain MILK

If you have an allergy to dairy DO NOT EAT SAINSBURY’S PRAWN CRACKERS – EVER!

Please check ALL labels, even when you THINK you KNOW something is OK. Which reminds me about the Tyrells vegetable crinkle cut crisps which also contain milk but look just like the normal ones which don’t.

Anyone want some prawn crackers?

  

Ruth

An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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