Due to a life-threatening allergy in our school, Salem Heights is a Citrus Free Zone.

Citrus fruit includes oranges, tangerines, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit, and limes. Please leave your citrus food, beverages, and products containing citrus at home. If your child brings a citrus item in their lunch they will not be permitted to eat it.

We’ve compiled a list of citrus items we’ve been asked about and all others we could think of, and got some definitive answers from the source on what is or isn’t ok. See below:

 

“To make it easy anything with natural citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin) flavoring is a no, artificial flavoring and citric acid are safe.

Items marked “Safe” are considered safe for others, not for this person to consume/handle:

orange juice – no

lemonade – no

juices of different flavor, but that contain some amount of lemon or orange juice – no

Tang – no (2% orange juice)

High C – no (orange juice)

Orange crush soda – safe (artificial flavors)

Squirt Soda – no (grapefruit concentrate)

Capri Suns (not all natural) – No, some still have real fruit juice

Capri Suns(all natural) No, real fruit juice

citric acid – Safe

Dried fruit flavored with lemon or orange juice- safe

orange chicken – No

baked goods with lemon or orange glaze – Safe as long as allergic person is not handling/consuming it,  please label

baked goods with lemon or orange flavoring – Safe as long as allergic person is not handling/consuming it,  please label

Fruit Snacks- Safe

Orange Jello – Safe

lemon or orange sherbet – Safe as long as allergic person is not handling/consuming it

orange-sicles – Safe as long as it is not in a confined space and allergic person is not handling it

marmalade – Safe

lemon merengue pie – Safe

orange blossom scented products – Unsure, I would say unsafe just to be cautious

Orange flavored medication – safe

airborne- lemon/lime or orange – not safe

Emergen-C – Not Safe

Salsa/guacamole/rice made with lime or lemon – Safe as long as allergic person is not handling/consuming it,  please label

Lemon/orange teas with natural flavoring – no safe

Citrus yogurts – Safe

Any sodas/juices/drinks with natural flavoring – not safe

 

 

Thank you for your help in keeping our school safe for our staff and students.