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Hi, I’m Kim! This site provides a little insight to my journey of being diagnosised with Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis on October 26th 2004. I review books and documentaries, post MS-related news, and share my photos.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Seriously Starbucks?
Okay, so this has nothing to do with MS, but I'm a bit stunned that this happened at a Starbucks not far from me! Nuts were in a product that didn't list nuts in the ingredients. So a nut allergy person ate it. And suffered huge!

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating Starbucks' labelling practices, after a young woman ate a parfait from a Coquitlam, B.C., outlet and almost died.

"I was shaking. My eyes were rolling into the back of my head. I wasn't breathing," said Kristin Gardiner. "The ambulance attendant later told me they couldn't get me to breathe."

Gardiner is allergic to nuts. On May 19, 2008, Gardiner said she ate a Starbucks Peach Yogurt Parfait — after finding no mention of nuts in the listed ingredients and being assured by a Starbucks employee that it was nut-free.

"I am very careful with what I eat and what I consume, and I always read things," said Gardiner.

The product included a granola topping, but the label listed the granola ingredients as "rolled oats, brown sugar…." Gardiner said the parfait was the first thing she ate that day.

Almost immediately after eating the dessert, Gardiner said she started feeling itchy. Within minutes, she couldn't breathe. She went into anaphylactic shock as the ambulance arrived.

"I was dying. There was no oxygen going to my brain," she said.