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Popular children's snack adding new ingredient, parents concerned

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In April Kellogg's started adding allegens into some of their snack crackers. In April Kellogg's started adding allegens into some of their snack crackers.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A snack switch is causing concern among some parents. In April Kellogg's started adding allergens into some of their snack crackers.  The company noted the change on their website but did not explain why they were changing the ingredients. 

Now what appears to be a minor change is starting a major movement.  More than 24,000 people have already signed a petition on change.org urging the company not to make the change, saying it puts an entire community at risk. 

Sarah Ashenbrener's second grade daughter, Anna is one of those who could be at risk.  Anna has an allergy to peanuts.  Ashenbrener says she doesn't buy the crackers but children could get them elsewhere. 

She's concerned because the packaging is nearly identical to the allergen free crackers.  The only change is a small label on the front that warns of the addition of peanut flour. 

Ashenbrener says the crackers had been on a snack safely list so that schools and daycares could easily find out what snacks are safe for all students.  They have since been removed but Ashenbrener says a lot of people may not know that. 

"It can be a life threatening allergy for a lot of the kids and their reaction can be anaphylactic," says Ashenbrener.  "If an older child especially was at a play date and saw them without the packaging they might think I can have them, they're just cheddar crackers."

The crackers containing the peanut flour aren't being sold at all stores yet, but they are starting to turn up, so it's important to always check labels even if you've bought products before.   

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