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Pinnacle foods-please read

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By Samber on Wed, 08-23-06, 19:54

I bought Albertson's French Toast Sticks. It had no allergy labeling. I called and after 1 1/2 weeks I got a call from Pinnacle foods corp., and the woman told me that there were no peanuts in the facility. I was very happy. Then I received a letter in the mail today saying,

Dear Samber,

We're glad to hear from you and appreciate your interest in Albertson's French Toast Sticks made by Pinnacle Foods.
We regret to inform you that we are unable to supply you with the information you requested. Since product ingredients change frequently, we are unable to maintain current lists of products which do not contain certain ingredients.
Sincerely,
Darlene Peters
consumer Response Rep

They are responsible for Duncan Hines, Hungry Man, Swanson, Great Starts, Aunt Jemima, Celeste, Log Cabin, Mrs. Paul's, vlasic, Lender's, Mrs. Butterworths,Van de kamps,Open Pit, Chef's Choice.

So how did the phone rep get her information? And the labeling? I thought all food companies had to label.

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By Corvallis Mom on Wed, 08-23-06, 20:05

They [i]do[/i]. But not for shared lines or facilities. Is that the information you were after?

What she told you on the phone might well be true. For the product and box you bought.

What the letter says to me is that IF they label to indicate XC (a big if, by the way... and I have no idea what the answer is, but if it isn't obviously yes then it is most often no...) then read the label every time, because it will reflect what is in the package you are holding.

Keebler labels this way, and I have no problem with it. GM labels this way as well. If there is a possibility of XC, they say so, and if the label looks clean, you can trust that it is.

So Keebler won't "give you a safe-food" list either, but the reason is that things change. Sometimes safe, sometimes not. We know this because my DD loooooves Grasshopper cookies. When she can eat them, which is not all of the time. Sometimes there is a warning.

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By Samber on Wed, 08-23-06, 20:08

Isn't wheat in itself a top 8? It was not listed as an Allergy warning. There was none. I just don't feel to comfortable. I did a Pinnacle search and got varied info on there answers. It's unnerving.

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By 2BusyBoys on Wed, 08-23-06, 20:13

Quote:Originally posted by Samber:
[b]Isn't wheat in itself a top 8? It was not listed as an Allergy warning. There was none. I just don't feel to comfortable. I did a Pinnacle search and got varied info on there answers. It's unnerving.[/b]
From [url="http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/alrgqa.html"]http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/alrgqa.html[/url]
[b]How will food labels change as a result of FALCPA? [/b]
FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that contain an ingredient that is or contains protein from a major food allergen in [b]one of two ways[/b].

The first option for food manufacturers is to include the name of the food source in parenthesis following the common or usual name of the major food allergen in the list of ingredients in instances when the name of the food source of the major allergen does not appear elsewhere in the ingredient statement. For example:

Ingredients: Enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and/or cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, vanilla, natural and artificial flavoring) salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), lecithin (soy), mono-and diglycerides (emulsifier)

The second option is to place the word "Contains" followed by the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived, immediately after or adjacent to the list of ingredients, in type size that is no smaller than the type size used for the list of ingredients. For example:

Contains Wheat, Milk, Egg, and Soy

HTH

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Jodi mom to:
D 5/22/01 NKA
Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, pineapple, etc...

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By Samber on Wed, 08-23-06, 20:22

Very interesting. So I guess some companies are just competent enough to do both? Or care enough.
With such a rise in PA why isn't there a law that insists each company has to have a peanut free facility? I know this is lol when read, but I am serious. People DIE. From food of all things. Why isn't it taken so much more seriously???????

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