Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people

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By EILEEN on Thu, 04-19-01, 15:21

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Popular chocolates no longer safe for children with peanut allergies; children, families, schools, daycares need warning, says organization

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Story Filed: Thursday, April 19, 2001 9:41 AM EST

TORONTO, Apr 19, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Today, Nestle Canada Inc. announced that five of its confectionery products -- Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies. The decision has caused concern for the safety of Canadians with life- threatening peanut and nut allergies, primarily children. There could be more than 500,000 Canadians allergic to peanuts or other nuts who need to receive this message.

"These five products, particularly Smarties, are staple treats in the homes and schools of children with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies," said Dr. Jane Salter, president of the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada, a charitable organization that represents people with life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis). "They have been widely promoted for many years as safe treats. We are very concerned that people may continue to use these products, putting children at risk. We need to get the message out that these products will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies."

The Anaphylaxis Network of Canada lobbied Nestle to reverse its decision, particularly since the company has supported educational initiatives of the organization and promoted these products as safe treats for people with peanut and nut allergies.

"It may seem like much ado about nothing - after all, it's just chocolate," Dr. Salter said. "This decision, however, will have a potentially dangerous impact on people who live with these allergies. Very few chocolate bars or candies are safe for them. Most contain peanuts or other nuts, or have been exposed to them in the factory. Just one tiny bite of a product with nuts or nut residue can cause a fatal reaction.

"Allergic children have been taught that these products are safe and the message has been extended to the community at large. Unless families, schools and daycares are adequately informed, these children could be at serious risk," she said.

Ingredient labels on the Nestle treats will now state; "Allergy Alert; May contain traces of nuts/peanuts". Dr. Salter asked her peanut-allergic 10 year-old if she would think to check the label on familiar, trusted treats. Recalls Dr. Salter, "She said, 'No, Mom! Would I check the ingredients of milk?' And she is not alone in the degree to which she trusts these Nestle products."

People with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies must choose all food with great care and read the food label every time. In a recent U.S. study of deaths from severe food allergy, 94% were due to peanut or nut allergy. Despite the fact that 97% of the victims knew that they were allergic to a specific food, not one of them was aware that the food they were about to eat contained the life-threatening ingredient.

At the same time, people with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies are facing a smaller selection of products billed as nut-free. "Nestle Canada is not the only company that has discontinued nut-free products," said Dr. Salter. "We need to look at why this is happening, and how we can ensure that the growing number of people with life-threatening food allergies have safe access to a wide range of foods in the future."

Parents and their children with peanut and nut allergies are available to talk about living with this life-threatening condition. Dr. Salter is also available for interviews.

CONTACT: For further information: and interviews with families, call: The
Anaphylaxis Network of Canada: (416) 785-5666; To speak with Dr. Salter
directly: Dr. Jane Salter, President, (416) 785-5666, (416) 484 0837 or
(416) 738 5263;

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By rrobichaud on Thu, 04-19-01, 16:30

What on earth is Nestle thinking. Here is a perfectly safe product, and now this. I guess they can cut some expenses by not cleaning their equipment between production runs and keep the shareholders happy.

If someone finds who we should contact at Nestle, please post it and let's start protesting to these guys.

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By on Thu, 04-19-01, 17:37

Eileen, thanks for posting this information.
My head has actually exploded so I can't even add anything more at this point.
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By Cayley's Mom on Thu, 04-19-01, 19:27

Here is the "contact us" link for Nestle so we can let them know how disappointed we are. Just click:

[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Thu, 04-19-01, 20:48

I also liked what you wrote on the other thread and will post some of it here>>

Cayley's Mom
Member

posted April 19, 2001 03:32 PM
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Here is the "contact us" link at the Nestle Canada web site so we can let them know how disappointing this decision is. Our American friends are strongly (encouraged) to participate...>>

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[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]

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Stay Safe,

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Thu, 04-19-01, 21:32

I called and spoke with Christina at Nestle today regarding this change in their manufacturing process.

I inquired about their decision to change the only manufacturing facility they have, which they now use to create safe peanut and nut products. I expressed our dissatisfaction with their marketing decision to change this facility to now also produce peanut and nut products. I expressed our gratitude for their past work to help us stay safe, and our severe disappointment in their new decision to no longer create safe products for our community.

Christina at Nestle explained that it was a marketing decision, they have a demand to introduce more peanut products and this facility is how they plan to go about it. She went on to explain how due to the layout etc. of the facility there would be "no way to guarantee"...and the usual script we have heard before.

She told me the change will occur on Jan 1, 2002 (I was inquiring because we know some of us will want to stock up on safe products before the change is made, they will also be adding "best if used by" dates soon. Most of our inquires found their products should be used quickly, usually within less than a year, but the company can tell you exactly for each product if you contact them). WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK WITH THE MANUFACTURER FOR INFORMATION ON WHAT MAY BE STILL SAFE TEMPORARILY, TILL WHEN, AND THEIR USE OF THE "ALLERGY STATEMENT" ETC.

They will be adding an allergy statement BEFORE THE CHANGE to all their products. THIS MAY CAUSE CONFUSION FOR MANY FAMILIES TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT IS SAFE AND NOT SAFE FROM NESTLE CANADA, AND THE TIMING OF THE ACTUAL CHANGE OF MANUFACTURING PROCESS.

NOTE THAT PEANUTALLERGY.COM RECOMMENDS >> NOT CONSUMING ANY PRODUCTS WITH ANY TYPE OF ALLERGY STATEMENTS LISTING YOUR ALLERGEN (EXAMPLE: MAY CONTAIN PEANUT)

WE REQUESTED AN ADDRESS AND PHONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO COMPLAIN, COMMENT ETC. AND WERE GIVEN THE FOLLOWING:

NESTLE CANADA CONSUMER SERVICES
PO BOX 700
PICKERING ONT L1V3T3

1-800-387-4636

HERE IS A LINK TO THE NESTLE CONTACT FORM
[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]

Christina at Nestle assured us that her department (Consumer Services) will forward our emails etc. to other appropriate people and departments at Nestle.

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By Cayley's Mom on Thu, 04-19-01, 21:39

Thank you so much, Chris. Your support in this issue means so much to us! In my e-mail to Nestle, I informed them that their "marketing decision" is, in effect, freezing us out the market - not only PA individuals, but entire school communties as well. Surely this marketing decision will backfire?! I'm in such a peeved mood, I feel like boycotting them immediately - I don't want to be forced to boost Nestle's sales by stockpiling the "safe" candy they now provide. Probably cutting off my nose to spite my face, but I am one upset mother!

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Thu, 04-19-01, 22:13

Everyday we hear of an issue which has negative impacts on our community. Some are large and will impact many of us immediately such as this Nestle Canada issue, and some are "not so easy to see the impact on all of us". (Remember, when one family loses ground anywhere, it has a negative impact on all of us.) The same goes for when we make changes for the better, it helps all of us.

This latest issue with Nestle Canada has served to make us more determined than ever to organize our community. We have been working (mostly behind the scenes until recently) to put together a membership campaign to let our community know how important it is and to participate to help us create a strong, well funded organization to fight the issues we face. I will add a link here to a form on the PeanutAllergy.Com site where you can join with us now and show you are "Determined to make a difference"

Contact
[url="http://www.peanutallergy.com"]http://www.peanutallergy.com[/url]

FIGHTING FOR OUR COMMUNITY TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY! That is why we created this site and are working to create a strong, well funded organization (funded by us, people with peanut allergy, not funded by any conflict of interest type source such as peanut farmers, uninterested food manufacturing companies etc.) This will allow us to continue to do what is necessary without worrying about losing funding. This is very important. We need to fund ourselves.
As you know, there are many non-profit educational organizations out there and some of them are doing great work (as you know we suggest people join us and if they are able, support other organizations as well).

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Stay Safe,

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By rrobichaud on Thu, 04-19-01, 23:02

Here is the letter I send to Nestle via their website.

Dear Nestle Canada,

I am writing to inform you that due to your decision today to start the manufacturing of peanut/nut products in your factory, I will no longer be buying my favourite chocolate bar, Coffee Crisp and Smarties. My son has a severe peanut allergy and your marketing decision means that he will no longer be able to enjoy and buy your products. Not only will you loose him as a customer, but, as a responsible parent, I will ask that everyone he has contact with also stop buying these products. These people will include all family members, daycare, sports group, etc. As you can see, your "marketing" decision does not only affect your sales to peanut allergy sufferers, but will affect sales to everyone these people have contact with.

Disappointed,

Rene A. Robichaud

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By Sue on Fri, 04-20-01, 03:29

Rene - hope you don't mind that I copied your letter as a base for my letter. Your letter was short, effective, and to the point - all of which I seem to have trouble doing.

The following is the e-mail I just sent:

Dear Nestle Canada,

Due to your decision to start the manufacturing of peanut/nut products in your factory, I will no longer be buying anymore of your candy, including Coffee Crisp and Smarties.

Our daughter has a severe peanut allergy and your marketing decision means that she will no longer be able to enjoy or buy your products.

Not only will you lose her as a customer, but, as a concerned parent, I will ask that everyone she has contact with, also, stop buying your products. These people include all family members, daycare, sports group, grade school, church, etc.

As you can see, your "marketing" decision does not only affect your sales to peanut allergy sufferers, but will more than likely affect sales to over one million additional consumers.

We will encourage everyone we know to buy Hersheys - You must have gotten a heck of a discount on peanuts to risk the lives of so many children for the all mighty buck.

Sadly,

Sue in Sunny Arizona

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By Sue on Fri, 04-20-01, 03:40

Chris,

In part you posted:

"She told me the change will occur on Jan 1, 2002 (I was inquiring because we know some of us will want to stock up on safe products before the change is made, ..... "

I would like to suggest that we really consider not buying any candy from them "to stock up" to let them get a feel for the negative financial impact peanut products are going to have on their sales now and in the future. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Just a suggestion.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

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By brendaj on Fri, 04-20-01, 10:07

This is my email to Nestle:

I have just heard of your decision to discontinue making nut free products and am very disappointed. I ask that you please reconsider. Both my 7 yr old daughter and I have potentially life threatening peanut allergies and have come to rely on your nut free chocolate products as safe. My daughter has considered your products a favourite treat and I am dreading to break the news to her and face her disappointment.
This will not only affect individuals who are allergic to peanuts, but also those caring people who support a safe nut free environment: daycares, preschools, community schools, families and friends. Were these large groups of consumers considered in the almighty business equation? If you do not wish to consider the health implications on what you may considered as a insignificant group, perhaps the buying power in the above mentioned groups will.
Did you ever considered marketing to highlight your nut free products in your marketing? There is an increased public awareness out there that could be improved upon and I can see fundraising groups who sell chocolate as potential buyers. I know I have turned down many who have been selling those nut bars, but would have if they were nut free and there would be more sales from family, friends and other concerned groups.

Anticipating action and response,

Brenda Boutilier

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By brendaj on Fri, 04-20-01, 10:22

Would petitions make any impact on reversing their decision?

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By Heather on Fri, 04-20-01, 14:49

Anyone know if the Smarties made my Nestle UK are still safe? I guess it's time I double checked with them - my son got a ton for Easter!

[This message has been edited by Heather (edited April 20, 2001).]

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From Australia...PA/NA 4 yo daughter.

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By rrobichaud on Fri, 04-20-01, 16:33

Here is the reply from Nestle:

Dear Ms Robichaud,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about Nestl

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By Heather on Fri, 04-20-01, 16:44

I sent my e-mail to Nestle Canada.

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From Australia...PA/NA 4 yo daughter.

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By PattyR on Fri, 04-20-01, 17:02

Here is the reply that I received...

"Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about Nestl

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By torontosue on Fri, 04-20-01, 17:23

I have sent off an e-mail to nestles and one to all my close friends and relatives asking them to do the same. As many people have mentioned in their letters, this doesn't just affect the PA child, but their entire communities. Let's all see who else we can enlist in our letter writing or e-mail campaigns. I am going to go to the school my PA son attends and ask if they would allow me to send home a letter to all parents informing them of Nestle's decision and asking if they would write of their disapproval and disappointment with the marketing decision they have made. I'm hoping Nestles will realize just how many people they are affecting.

I don't see the point in "stockpiling" safe chocolates now, all we are doing is delaying the inevitable for our kids, and I don't see how it will be any easier for my child to understand why the Smarties at home are okay, but the ones at the store aren't. I say ban em all as soon as the labelling hits, and lets see if this makes a difference in Nestle's profits....us wiping out the store is hardly going to cause them to notice how this affects us is it?

TorontoSue

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By Cayley's Mom on Fri, 04-20-01, 18:48

torontosue - I dropped a letter to my son's peanut-free school this afternoon, and they confirmed that they would help us by contacting Nestle. If you or anyone wants to copy the letter (or just use parts of it) to send to your school, it's posted in the TAKE ACTION forum, under the Nestle thread. Here's the link:

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum23/HTML/000022.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum23/HTML/000022.html[/url]

My son's school said they would send out all the Nestle contact information in the May Newsletter to encourage other parents to share their disappointment with this decision. I'm extremely pleased with the proactive way the school is handling this.

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By torontosue on Fri, 04-20-01, 22:46

Thank you Caley's Mom....I have gone over and read your letter and made copies, with a few changes pertinent to our school. We have a Parent council meeting on Tuesday and I am going to ask for this to be a topic of the meeting, and really see if I can get the whole school behind us.

TorontoSue

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By Madi's Mom on Sat, 04-21-01, 21:27

I, too sent off a reply. I feel they should be giving all of us free product before they make this change. I will also request my school family friends write in also. I really do not believe they realize the impact this can have on their business. With so many people with allergies, people in schools etc do ask me what my daughter can eat...so it will affect alot of people. Let's keep on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Adrian on Sun, 04-22-01, 13:19

I would really like to organize a protest at Nestle. Apparently the Ontario group of AAIA will be dumping "paper" ie thousands of complaints at the feet of two Nestle participants at an AAIA conference in Kingston in May but I think something visible with media attention might get more of a response. Are any Toronto GTA members interested? Please contact: audechasse@home com

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By Tina123 on Sun, 04-22-01, 18:43

Really? I will be attending that AAIA conference in Kingston in May. Very interested to see what will develop.
Tina

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By kwesley on Mon, 04-23-01, 14:22

Sounds like 'rationalization' for poor quality control, all for a buck and with no thought to the children affected.
If it's money that matters then perhaps a very public boycott of Nestle's products, all of them, is in order.

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By torontosue on Mon, 04-23-01, 17:37

Here is my reply from Nestle's that I got today, followed by the original e-mail I sent to them. It seems to be the same letter as everyone else got, but at least they are acknowledging they got it.

Sue

Dear Ms MacNeil,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about Nestl

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By torontosue on Mon, 04-23-01, 17:39

Adrian, I think a protest at the Nestle's head office would be a great thing. Perhaps this needs a whole new topic of it's own, instead of getting lost in here?

Sue

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By torontosue on Mon, 04-23-01, 19:25

I have just spoken to the president of my kid's school advisory council. They have agreed to let me speak briefly tomorrow night at the monthly meeting about the Nestle's issue. Then they will decide if they are willing to send a letter on behalf of the school or council . Fingers crossed everyone. I'll let you know how it goes. Every letter counts!

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By Adrian on Tue, 04-24-01, 00:04

Dear Toronto Sue. Perhaps you might join me in setting up a protest at Nestle??? I live in Oakville and can be reached at 905-827-4159. Of course we willbe boycotting Nestl

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By Adrian on Tue, 04-24-01, 00:10

Dear Toronto Sue. Perhaps you might join me in setting up a protest at Nestle??? I live in Oakville and can be reached at 905-827-4159. Of course we willbe boycotting Nestl

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By vicntc on Tue, 04-24-01, 22:27

After reading the information in the newspaper and finding your newsgroup info, I sent the following to Nestle via the posted contact list.

I recently read a news article that stated you were going to stop making peanut free/safe chocalte.

As the parent of an anaphyalctic child, I am agast at the monumental stupidty of this decision. It's hard enough finding safe food for children with this condition. Can you imagine the disappointment each and every child will experience?

My wife and I are both activists in our region working with the school board and other groups to create/emphasize allergy awareness. I can guarantee that if this decision is implmented, we will do everything within our power to make sure that Nestle products are banned from schools, recreational facilities and other family centers. Further we will make sure that each and every parent in the district receives a copy of the newspaper article with a letter explaining the ramifications of your decision.

Is it worth the life of even one child to save a few dollars on your bottom line?

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By Cayley's Mom on Tue, 05-08-01, 15:24

Further to my above post regarding my son's school putting the Nestle info in their May Newsletter, here is what they wrote:

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SCHOOL COUNCIL INFORMATION

The Nestle's Company has informed the public that their plant will no longer be able to produce Smarties, Kit Kat,, Coffee Crisp or Mirage Bars in a peanut-free environment. This does concern our community, as we are a 'peanut-free' school, due to a number of students who attend Bayview that have severe peanut allergies. If you wish more information or want to contact Nestle's regarding this change, you can reach them at:
1-800-387-4636
[url="http://www.nestle.ca"]www.nestle.ca[/url]

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OK, so they forgot to put Aero Bars in the announcement, but all in all I thought it was great that they put it in this month's newsletter. They also have contact information for an asthma help line:

Asthma Action Helpline - 1-800-668-7682

Nice to find a school that includes ALL the kids, not just the "healthy" ones.

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By rrobichaud on Tue, 05-15-01, 15:21

Have you heard? They have changed their minds. Aero, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp and Smarties will remain peanut free. I saw the report on CBC news last night.

Rene Robichaud

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Fri, 06-15-01, 04:52

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By Jeans on Fri, 06-22-01, 00:44

Are these products distributed to the United States? Does the US have there own facility and are they also not peanut free?

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By Triciasmom on Fri, 06-22-01, 03:33

Jeans,
The US Nestle companies, to the best of my knowledge, all are manufacturing peanut products in their plants. The only safe plant is the North York plant in Canada. If you are looking for smarties or other nut-free chocolate, check out the Smarties thread on the Main Discussion board.

Amy

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By Riley's mom on Mon, 02-13-06, 15:21

i just send a message as well..i am so scared that kids are going to be taking in these products to school or eating around riley...especially at halloween..we have come to love these products in the past because they were SAFE...

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By ajgauthier on Mon, 02-13-06, 15:57

Quote:Originally posted by Riley's mom:
[b]i just send a message as well..i am so scared that kids are going to be taking in these products to school or eating around riley...especially at halloween..we have come to love these products in the past because they were SAFE...[/b]

hi Riley's Mom,

I know you are new here and I'll give you a bit of advice (maybe you are new to online discussion communities) --- remember to look at the date of the post. What you responded to is almost 5 years old! From what I understand...the whole issue was resolved and Nestle Canada continued to make the peanut/nut free candy. woo-hoo! (I even found a safe Coffee Crisp in Tucson, AZ!)

Adrienne

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By delight32 on Fri, 05-19-06, 20:38

From Nestle's website:

Nestl

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By delight32 on Fri, 05-19-06, 20:42

From Nestle's website:

Nestl

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By TeddyAlly on Fri, 07-28-06, 16:08

Call me confused! So are Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat's safe now?

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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

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Ally (nickname )
DD (PA & TNA, age 8)
DS (age 5)

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By kandomom on Fri, 07-28-06, 17:10

Safe in CANADA. But always read labels. In Canada, small sizes of these candy bars are available and they are marked with a 'preanut free' label. The larger sizes are safe too- but you need to read the label. I am in the US but travel to Canada at least once a year, and pick up the little bars for my stash.

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Sandi

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By ajgauthier on Fri, 07-28-06, 17:11

Quote:Originally posted by TeddyAlly:
[b]Call me confused! So are Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat's safe now?

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the date of the original post is 2001 --- read through the latest posts (one right above you) and you'll see the information for May 2006.

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