From: Sam
Subject: Subway

Message Body:
You were right, I followed your advice and asked for glove changes, etc. at Subway and I got to eat out and didn’t have to chug Benadryl!!!

As a note you should add, the great gal working took my toppings from the reserve stock they use for replenishment to prevent cross-contamination since they touch everything in the line.
I was so happy! Thanks!

BTW, I have reactions to Vitamin E/Tocopherols which are not labeled as soy and the government has declared them to be safe. I bought cod liver oil and it had vitamin E from soy (I called the company after getting sick) and it took a lot to figure out that it was soy and it was from a company that advertised how allergy-safe they were, but when you get into it, this the truth of why they do not and WILL not (I asked) declare soy as present in their products: “Nordic Naturals ensures that our vitamin E, verified by both a traditional analytical method and by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), contains either no soy proteins or undetectable levels of protein. Because of this, we feel confident that individuals allergic to soy can safely take our products.” I only found this stuff out because I had a reaction!!!

I also have reactions to soy-sourced glycerin both added to foods and in personal care products.

I am daily frustrated by this saying that things derived from soy are not soy!!! Crazy. How do we address this to live in a safer world?!? Come people, JUST LABEL IT! Sheesh…


Sam, I’m glad to hear that you’ve found a way to eat at Subway. As far as the other items, it is downright scary where all soy can be seen — or more accurately, not seen on the label, but found by extensive research or reactions.

I always feel like I’m cross examining a criminal witness in court just trying to be sure there’s no soy in supposedly soy-free foo.

I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

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