Hood/hoodies/sandwiches

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By becca on Mon, 09-23-02, 15:05

Here is a response I got today. I have replied for more clarification, as it sounds like all the ice cream is the same. Will post back my reply.

Hello - We do have an allergen control program at our ice cream
facility.

Hood Ice Cream Sandwiches do NOT contain any peanut or tree nut
materials
and our Hoodsie Cups are peanut-free.

However, our vanilla ice cream is run on the same lines as the nut
containing products. I hope this is helpful to you and let us know if
you
have any other questions.

To: [email]custsrv@hphood.com[/email]
Becca

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By gw_mom3 on Mon, 09-23-02, 19:41

Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]Hood Ice Cream Sandwiches do NOT contain any peanut or tree nut
materials
and our Hoodsie Cups are peanut-free.

However, our vanilla ice cream is run on the same lines as the nut
containing products. I hope this is helpful to you and let us know if
you
have any other questions.

To: [email]custsrv@hphood.com[/email]
Becca[/b]

You're right-that makes no sense. If the vanilla ice cream wasn't safe wouldn't it follow that anything made with it (ice cream sandwiches and cups) wouldn't be safe either? I've never heard of this brand though.

Gale

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By becca on Mon, 09-23-02, 20:56

This is a very common brand of milk, creams, and ice cream in Massachusetts, if not all of New England. They make thses little cups of 1/2 vanilla and half chocolate ice cream, as well as many other novelties, I believe. If you grew up here, you had them alot as a kid at parties! I have reviewed postings here where people say "they are safe." We have had them at a party, since my dd has had them several times before the allergy was known without troubles. I really need hard info. now, though, for my own peace of mind, but also to give the school reliable safe information. becca

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By CapeCodMom on Mon, 09-23-02, 21:11

Becca, please let us know what the next response is. My PA son has had Hoodsie cups a few times with no reactions. I'm especially concerned now, though, because his preschool director recommends them for birthday snacks because they're "safe" for everybody. I'd like to let her know otherwise if they're not.

Thanks.

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By becca on Tue, 09-24-02, 21:34

Here is the latest. Crystal clear.

How do you all feel about such rigorous cleaning with testing?? I am inclined to use these products where they share equipment, but do some allergy testing to check, rather than stating they follow "safe manufacturing" procedures.

"Hello - I check your questions with our quality assurance department and yes, shared equipment is used, but nut based products are only run last or during a dedicated days production.The cleaning procedures have been validated through testing as effective (i.e. no traces of peanuts or tree nuts) prior to going back to vanilla ice cream the next production day."

I think I may use this vanillae ice cream as a staple product. I have allowed my dd other vanilla ice creams after some reading here, but generally at a party only if she gets the first scoop(if other flavors are about). I may go for it with these cups, sandwiches and plain old vanilla 1/2 gallon brick. becca

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By on Wed, 09-25-02, 02:30

I called about the ice cream cups earlier this year and was told that the hoodsie cups are on a dedicated line, but in a facility that uses nuts.

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By Heather2 on Wed, 09-25-02, 13:40

I and my girlfriend called this past summer and we were both given the same information that Hoodsies are made on a dedicated line. My PA/TNA son has been eating them all summer long with no problems.

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By becca on Wed, 09-25-02, 17:35

Well, my info was nearly good enough for me, and yours, though different, even better yet. I will tell the school they are okay by me and continue to let my dd have them at parties as well. Thank you. becca

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By SF on Wed, 09-25-02, 18:16

I contacted Hood and was also told that they are nut free and produced on a dedicated nut free line. (the facility is not nut free)

I asked where I could purchase hoodsies and was told they only have distribution to new england supermarkets. I am in New Jersey and asked if Walmart carries this product. They do! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Now I just have to find some, I will post back after I go to Walmart...Thanks again for telling us about this safe ice cream cup!

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By becca on Thu, 09-26-02, 21:06

I asked further about any other novelties, and if any others ran on any dedicated lines. This is the resonse I recieved. Just posting to add to the info. May be within some comfort zones.:

"Hi - We can only speak for "Hood" novelties and not other brands. We always run allergan containing products last on the production line. Thank you for your questions."

Then I assume they do the breakdown and swabbing process and begin anew each following day. Hope that helps spme. I wish I could find just a plain old ordinary posocle type thing and feel safe with it. We do use Minute maid frozen lemonades and Luigis' Italian ice and Philly swirls. But sometimes each are tough to find. It would be nice to leave a box of popsicles at school too. becca

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By Heather2 on Mon, 06-02-03, 14:06

FYI - I heard that Hood was adding a peanut butter ice cream to their selections (aren't they all?). So I decided to contact them and see if Hoodsies are still going to be safe. Here is the e-mail response they sent me:

The new Dipped Delights, which we introduced this season do contain peanut butter and are a stick novelty. These are not run on the same line as our Hoodsie Cups.

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By Alex Plotkin on Mon, 06-02-03, 16:28

Dear Becca,

Thank you so much for the support. We're still doing everything we can to stay peanut/tree nut-free, but I will be honest with you, IT'S getting HARDER & HARDER!!! Once again, to anyone out there who has any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to call me at the numbers that I have listed below, OR CALL ME COLLECT!!! AT THIS TIME, We really need all the advice that we can get!!! I have listed both my direct cell phone number as well as our TOLL-FREE number. Please give my numbers out to any parent out there that can help us!! I have heard hundreds of moms continue to say to me that they did not want to bother me!!! YOU ARE NOT BOTHERING ME!!!! As I have stated numerous times, my wife and I have a 13 month old son Zachary who seems to be leaning more & more toward the same allergies that all of your loved ones possess. Think of this as a CRY FOR HELP!!!! HELP US STAY PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE!!!!! I always here at your service!!

Sincerely,

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By on Tue, 06-03-03, 01:39

Becca-I am not sure where in Massachusetts you are located. I am in W.Newton and go to the Star Market on Commonwealth Ave. near the Marriott Hotel off of I95 and the Star over the Mass. Turnpike. They always have Phillyswirls.

Also, last year I called Good Humor about Popsicle brand ice pops. I am generally uncomfortable about using products from mixed use lines, regardless of cleaning disclaimer. However, they gave me an amazing description of the cleaning process, which gave me a comfort level with the ice pops. My son has eaten them off and on for a year w/o a problem.

However, I prefer Phillyswirls because I do not have even an iota of a concern with them and my son loves the orange swirl sooo much more than any of the Popsicle ice pops.

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By MommaBear on Tue, 06-03-03, 02:18

Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]How do you all feel about such rigorous cleaning with testing?? I am inclined to use these products where they share equipment, but do some allergy testing to check, rather than stating they follow "safe manufacturing" procedures.

"Hello - I check your questions with our quality assurance department and yes, shared equipment is used, but nut based products are only run last or during a dedicated days production.The cleaning procedures have been validated through testing as effective (i.e. no traces of peanuts or tree nuts) prior to going back to vanilla ice cream the next production day."

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By Heather3 on Thu, 04-14-05, 14:33

I just called Hood about the new Champions ice cream line. All varieties contain some peanut products but the Comeback Caramel. The Fenway Fudge and the Green Monster Mint have peanut oil in the fudge. I also got the same statement about the allergen program - the peanut products are run after the non-peanut products and they clean their lines. She said the risk of cross contamination for the Comeback Caramel is minimal. What do you guys think, would you let your children eat Comeback Caramel?

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By crazymomof2 on Thu, 04-14-05, 17:45

Hi Everybody-- We are relatively new to the whole PA thing. My son was diagnosed around this time last year and I was so scared stiff that I didn't even consider frozen desserts until recently. Anyway, I did a ton of calling around and emailing. Good Humor/Breyers (also producers of Popsicle and Klondike) responded with an answer that I was very comfortable with:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

It is Good Humor-Breyers policy that when any of the eight most common allergens (milk, eggs, fish, wheat, tree
nuts, peanuts, soybeans and crustaceans) occur in any of our product (including Klondike and Popsicle brand
products), they will be listed on the ingredient label in plain language.

Most importantly, if any of our products contain any type of nut or nut by-product, it will be listed on the
ingredient panel. We do not use the terms "All Natural" or "Artificial Flavorings" to hide the existence of any
allergens.

We also have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities. GHB
does not have dedicated production lines in our manufacturing facilities for product containing allergens.
However, we do have a very strict allergen-handling policy. After manufacturing a product with peanuts, the
machine is disassembled and flushed with a hot sanitizing solution for several hours followed by a hot water rinse.
If a product containing a known allergen has been produced, the equipment receives a double process of the
sanitation and rinse process.

Thank you

In addition, the makers of Edy's ice cream (also Dreyers, Haagen Daz, Nestle, Starbucks, Whole Fruit, and Skinny Cow) told me that they thoroughly sanitize and occasionally PCR (for you science majors out there) for quality control. They even have a website where you can type in your allergy and up pops a list of products that would be considered safe for you. I can't imagine they would go through the trouble of having this service if they weren't convinced of the efficacy of their allergen handling procedures.

Moving on, Blue Bunny and Jack and Jill ice cream companies basically told me to not bother and that the possibility of cross contamination was pretty high.

Turkey Hill stated that they follow FDA guidelines and start with vanilla and add allergens as the day progresses. They wash the epuipment at night.

Stonyfield says that they don't pack their own frozen yogurt and the packing company does handle other company's products. On that note, they did not recommend that we consume their frozen yogurt.

Rita's said that their products were peanut and tree nut free. I followed up on someone else's post regarding pistachio and this was their response:

Thank you for contacting the Rita's Water Ice Franchise corporate office.

Our pistachio ice is being tested in the New York and Connecticut areas
only. I'm sure that is why your question was answered the way it was. Just
for your information, the pistachio will be made in its own container
however there will be a small chance of cross contamination if the operator
does not follow the proper handling procedures.

All of the flavors offered in the Rita's outside of New York and Connecticut
are prepared with no tree nuts or peanuts and are made on premises each day.

I'm not clear about where the bases of the flavors (the mixes) are made, so I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'll have to toss it around in my head a while.

Anyway, based on all of the information at my disposal, I decided that, for us, I would be comfortable with Good Humor/Breyer and Edy's products...and, of course, Philly Swirl!

Hope this helps someone!

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By gw_mom3 on Fri, 04-15-05, 06:43

Quote:In addition, the makers of Edy's ice cream (also Dreyers, Haagen Daz, Nestle, Starbucks, Whole Fruit, and Skinny Cow) told me that they thoroughly sanitize and occasionally PCR (for you science majors out there) for quality control. They even have a website where you can type in your allergy and up pops a list of products that would be considered safe for you. I can't imagine they would go through the trouble of having this service if they weren't convinced of the efficacy of their allergen handling procedures.
I've read on this board somewhere, that Edy's doesn't consider Peanut Oil to be an allergen, therefore they do not warn of cross contamination of their flavors that contain peanut oil. I'll see if I can find that post and bump it up.

eta: found it and bumped it
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[This message has been edited by gw_mom3 (edited April 15, 2005).]

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By brettious on Fri, 08-02-13, 00:09

I noticed today that hood ice cream Fenway Fudge contains peanut oil and there is no warning on the label. I can't even believe it with all the deadly peanut allergies in this country.

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