Nut-Free Lunch

School lunch menu goes nut-free to meet one student's needs

There will be no more peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches or franks and beans at one school district in Maine. The lunch menu is being changed for the safety of a highly allergic child. The Miller School in Warren is also telling parents not to send children to school with anything containing peanuts, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or legumes such as dried peas and beans. Several students at the school are allergic to those foods, but one child's sensitivity is life-threatening. The superintendent says the child could have a severe reaction simply by smelling the breath of someone who has eaten one of those foods. An allergy specialist at Eastern Maine Medical Center says such allergies are on the rise because of an increasingly nut-rich American diet.