Papa John\'s

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By ccm'smom on Tue, 02-20-07, 00:17

We are travelling to Florida and need a few restaurants. I see from Papa John's website they appear to be peanut and nut free, is this everone's experience?

I have been reading everyone's threads and have me totally paranoid about eating out. In Canada I totally trust our 2 sub shops, Mr Sub and Subway, but you all have me nervous about Subway down there. And even your McDonalds don't seem all that safe! Where as once again I feel very comfortable there.

Please recommend some food chains, esp. in Florida you have had good experiences with and then I will take it from there.
Thanks a bunch!

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By gw_mom3 on Tue, 02-20-07, 00:19

We've eaten Papa John's twice with no problems. At least no problems in regards to peanuts/tree nuts. The service we've gotten leaves a lot to be desired. They fixed the wrong pizza for us and made us wait another 20 min for the correct one, then didn't offer any compensation and no apology of any sort. I emailed papa john's and got a canned reply with a promise of more contact but so far nothing. It's been about a week. We haven't been back since but I guess if we want pizza we'll have to deal with the poor service.

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By ajgauthier on Tue, 02-20-07, 02:18

To me Papa Johns is a safe pizza choice.

From their website under FAQs - Allergens:

Does your pizza contain peanuts or peanut oils?
NO. Peanut and/or peanut oil is not used in the manufacture of any of our products.

Does your pizza contain tree nuts?
NO. Tree nuts are not used in the manufacture of any of our products.

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By kf4c on Tue, 02-20-07, 03:45

We trust them; (especially NOW with the Pizza Hut mess going on)...we have them every other week or so for a Friday night treat. I called the franchise here several years ago and was assured they were completely nut free; and DH asked them again a few weeks ago since the PH stuff came up and they still state they are totally nut free.

As a safety factor tho, I would still ask EVERY place I stop at along the way to be *sure* ...(not just pizza places--EVERY place!) ..b/c 'namebrand' doesn't mean 'equal'in all areas! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Have a fun trip and stay safe!
Lisa

edit to add: our Subway sandwich shops around here DO use peanut oil! (I'm in Alabama) ...so be sure to use caution in any Subway..

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By amartin on Wed, 02-21-07, 15:26

I have never heard that any Subway uses peanut oil. There website doesn't indicate that either: [url="http://subway.com/subwayroot/MenuNutrition/Nutrition/pdf/AllergenChart.pdf."]http://subway.com/subwayroot/MenuNutrition/Nutrition/pdf/AllergenChart.pdf.[/url] What is it in?

We eat at Subway. I ask the food server to change their gloves and prepare the food on a clean paper (which they should do anyway, but I make sure I watch this). Just make sure that the sandwhich paper isn't right under the cookies.... I actually prefer Quizno's over Subway because their treats are pre-packaged so easier to avoid cross-contamination. I have talked in depth with our local Quizno's owner and feel very comfortable with them.

We also eat at McDonald's, Burger King (stay away from their treats - they are not safe now) and Papa Murphy's (you bake pizza).

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By nyckate2 on Thu, 02-22-07, 02:23

Don't they make their cookies in the same ovens where they bake the bread at Subway? I go to Quiznos because of that reason.

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By josh'smom on Thu, 02-22-07, 02:42

We have ordered Papa johns since PH is no longer safe. It was actually pretty good. I like their website about no peanuts or peanut oil.

The Subway here doesn't fry anything in the store but they do have little bags of potato chips made with peanut oil. We don't go there with my son anyways b/c of the cookies. Maybe once he is older we will try it.

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By kf4c on Thu, 02-22-07, 04:00

To answer amartin's question about Subway:
The manager at one of the local stores told us that they use peanut oil off-and-on in the dressing (oil-vinegar)for the sandwiches; and also to 'baste' (or whatever you call it) the baking bread (brushing the tops) ...this was a few years ago but she also told us that she *knew* other local stores used peanut oil 'off and on' and not to trust them!

I don't know about *other* Subway practices; but based on MY experience, I would definitely check, check, and double check again before I'd ever trust them.

Lisa

Edit to add: this particular Subway shop shares space with a Taco Bell; that may make a difference [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ( maybe sharing supplies?) but for whatever reason, the manager was frank and open about the fact it was on site.

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By alliedhealth on Sat, 02-24-07, 00:49

I have had the experience (NC,USA) of a particular franchise of Subway baking the PB cookies on the same trays as the bread. When I called HQ after being told of this practice, I was told that the franchises are supposed to use silicone liners for the pans if they don't use special bread pans. They said they would look into it-
Their allergen info is good on the web, but the local practices when I last checked left me concerned such that we do not go there anymore.
On sub places in general, it is wise to note the following story-

[url="http://www.allergykids.com/News/Stories/EmilyParentsStory.pdf"]http://www.allergykids.com/News/Stories/EmilyParentsStory.pdf[/url]

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By ajas_folks on Tue, 02-27-07, 01:54

Quote:Originally posted by alliedhealth:
[b]I have had the experience (NC,USA) of a particular franchise of Subway baking the PB cookies on the same trays as the bread. When I called HQ after being told of this practice, I was told that the franchises are supposed to use silicone liners for the pans if they don't use special bread pans. They said they would look into it-
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We have been told of cross-contamination due to PB cookies being baked on same cookie sheets &/or the sil-pat liners at multiple SUBWAY restaurants in MANY states over past 5 years:

North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Nevada
California
Texas
Arizona

and so on . . .

I personally would NEVER feed my PA child anything from a Subway.

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By ajas_folks on Tue, 02-27-07, 15:32

Meant to also add (on topic [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ) that we HAVE been successful in getting PA-safe meals at Papa John's in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and out west.

We ALWAYS first ask the manager at each Papa John's because they are franchised (each one with different owner) so there might be chance of oddball cookies or other unsafe items in one. Plus, you want to be sure you don't have restaurant employees snacking on unsafe items & then preparing your pizza. (ick.)

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By ajgauthier on Tue, 02-27-07, 17:54

Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b] We have been told of cross-contamination due to PB cookies being baked on same cookie sheets &/or the sil-pat liners at multiple SUBWAY restaurants in MANY states over past 5 years:

North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Nevada
California
Texas
Arizona

and so on . . .

I personally would NEVER feed my PA child anything from a Subway.

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I don't eat from Subways anymore...those darned PB cookies are right above the clean wrappers, and the crumbs get everywhere....plus...hands touching cookies touching subs.

I had a horrible experience in Baltimore where the ONLY place near my hotel was a Subway. So I went...it was packed to boot! One of the guys making the sandwiches was giving people their cookie orders, so I told the guy making MY sandwich that the other guy couldn't touch it. no problem, then the other guy touched it. I told the cashier they had to remake it and why. So...the cashier seemed to 'get it'...told the 2 dimwit sandwich makers 'the rules'...then the dimwit who touched the pb cookie, touched my sandwich. GAH!

Finally the manager came out, I'm red faced, frustrated, starving. Mind you, it's very crowded and those people are annoyed I'm holding things up. Finally, the manager goes in back to the stocked fridge, takes me back there with him...and I make my own sandwich. Poor manager was annoyed, but 'got it'...and I got my meal.

So, I don't do Subway anymore.

Quiznos however, is good, and all their ingredients check out for me (PA and TNA) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] All the desserts are prepackaged from other vendors.

Adrienne

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By lalow on Tue, 02-27-07, 19:59

i called our local papa johns and the kids had NO idea about ingrediants. said it all came prepackaged. i asked if he could read the ingrediants off the package and he claimed there were none. so we dont go there. dont like it much anyway.

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By Edinview on Sat, 09-15-07, 20:09

We have had Papa John's twice. Once last year and had vomitting about an hour later, and then today, vomitted everything that was in the meal after about 15 minutes later.

At this point my son has only been diagnosed with Peanut allergy. I wonder if it's the pizza (really a strong possibility) or if both times he was tired and had eaten too much (certainly today he ate about twice as much pizza as usual, and about 4 times as much juice as he ever has, and a slice of extremely rich chocolate cake.)

I called and spoke with Papa John's restaurant and they said there aren't any peanuts or peanut products in their store. WHich means that if it is the pizza, we are allergic to something else in the pizza. We have not seen any vomitting since the last time he had Papa Johns about a year ago.

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By Jimmy's mom on Sat, 09-15-07, 20:44

We eat Papa John's all the time. In the summer about 3x/month. We've never had a problem.

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By Jenna on Sat, 09-15-07, 23:49

We were told by a Papa John's manager that they were not safe for PA. Definitely check each time, each location, as it appears it depends on which one you eat at.

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By gw_mom3 on Sun, 09-16-07, 02:31

Quote:Originally posted by Jenna:
[b]We were told by a Papa John's manager that they were not safe for PA. Definitely check each time, each location, as it appears it depends on which one you eat at.[/b]
I think I would call the corporate office and talk them about it. If their website says that the restaurants are safe, then all of the franchise owners should adhere to the franchise-wide policies. They could get in trouble with some serious liability for that. There isn't even a disclaimer on the website about some locations possibly being unsafe.

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By josh'smom on Sun, 09-16-07, 15:38

I was told by 2 different papa johns here that they are not safe and that some of their desserts has nuts and that people wouldn't change their gloves b/c they are too busy. I finally had them go into the trash and get boxes and read them to me. No nuts. They said whatever is on them looks like nuts though. I do not know. I was planning on calling corporate, but forgot.There website says that none of their pizza has peanuts nothing about desserts. We were so upset b/c we wanted to order pizza but there was no place to order it from. I couldn't believe it. If someone has the answer please post it. I will call and let you know what I hear on Monday.

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By gw_mom3 on Sun, 09-16-07, 17:07

The only dessert our Papa Johns has is the sweet treats. We've had the cinna-swirl flavor many times and there's nothing on it that even looks nutty.

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By josh'smom on Sun, 09-16-07, 17:38

Oh good! I was thinking that delivery pizzs would be a think of the past for us! Thanks.

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By Jimmy's mom on Sun, 09-16-07, 22:19

From the Papa John's website:

Does your pizza contain peanuts or peanut oils?
NO. Peanut and/or peanut oil is not used in the manufacture of any of our products.

Does your pizza contain tree nuts?
NO. Tree nuts are not used in the manufacture of any of our products.

Here is the link:
[url="http://www.papajohns.com/menu/index.htm"]http://www.papajohns.com/menu/index.htm[/url]
It is on the right side under FAQ/allergens.

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