A crownheights.info reader sent in the following letter following a harrowing and life threatening event:
My son is allergic to dairy, and carries around an epipen. When he gets a reaction, it’s not just a rash or a sore throat, its an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is such a severe allergic reaction that it can cause a person to stop breathing.
I was preparing to fly from Brooklyn to LA, and saw that a package of Paskez Chanukah Coins had bold letters on the box PARVE, and NUT FREE. I was thrilled and bought the box.
Chanukah morning, he jumped into his car rushing to work and grabbing a package of coins. After eating one his throat began to close. He knew immediately that he was having an anayphlactic reaction to dairy so he pulled over and self administered his epi-pen (adrenalin). The shot saved his life!
On the back of the product in teeny-tiny letters it states, “May contain traces of dairy. This does not affect the products Parve status.”
Now, my son and I should have read the minuscule ingredients listed on the back. But we trusted a FRUM company like PASKEZ that they would put this warning in BOLD letters. I am sure they are afraid that frum people would not purchase this product knowing it has traces of dairy!
I called the company and they asked me to return the product for further testing. We couldn’t wait for testing, as the next child could G-d forbid die!
P.S. Paskez asked what else my son ingested that morning, but it was ONLY their chocolate. Thanks for posting, it could save a life.
The letter has been edited for grammar and clarification with permission from the author.