? about \"chocolate\"

Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 2:34am
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another ? boy do I have alot. I keep seeing everyone talking about chocolate. why? is it all made w/ peanuts? even without nuts or P/B???

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Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 2:00pm
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I can only go by what happens down in my country.
Most chocolate factories are making not just plain chocolate, but bars such as snickers etc that have peanuts in them. As such unless it is a dedicated nut free factory (such as Kinnerton in the UK - you can read about how they made their factory nut free [url="http://www.kinnerton.com/"]here[/url] ), there may be the risk of cross-contamination from lines where nut containing products are processed.
In Australasia 'May contain traces of nuts' is not required by law, although many manufacturers include the warning where appropriate. In the case of the chocolate factories in NZ - every single one contains the 'may contain nut traces' statement, so our kids are out of luck in the chocolate line. I'd love to get my hands on a bar of Hersheys unsweetened baking chocolate!
Don't know what your law requires, sorry!
Allie
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Posted on: Sun, 03/24/2002 - 2:51pm
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Allie. Thank you sooo much for the link to Kinnerton!. They had sooo many other sites for me to go too. I learned alot. I want to thank you for taking the time out too answer me. I am from the U.S.(New York)so some things are different. But I got alot of info. on, refined oil and unrefined, anaphylaxis and its symptoms. hope to talk again soon.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 6:41am
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Everything Allie has to say is also true of US manufacturers... unfortunately! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Nestle Canada has a single nut-free facility... and there are a few odd items that are made in nut-free facilities by companies like Hershey's USA.... but for the most part, chocolate and ice cream are both BA-A-A-AD news for the peanut allergic!

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 10:16am
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Yes.. it is true that chocolate and ice cream are trouble.
The nut-free Nestle Canada factory makes Aero, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp, Smarties and Mirage. Cadbury-Trebor Allan and Comet also make some products in nut free factories, and there are a few more products (Dove caramel, Bounty, After Eights, Skittles, Starburst fruit chews, some Nestle Wonka candies, Rockets, etc that are safe)
As for ice cream, the only safe one I can think of is Chapmans (only available in Canada I think). Ben and Jerry's may be fine, but they do not have dedicated nut free lines - they do have an 8 hour cleaning process. Depends on your comfort level I guess.

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 11:59am
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Thank you for all your help.we went too see the allergist today. It is the same as everyone elce. I can not understand how this could happen!!! The Dr said Justin was probably exposed to peanut protein when I was breast feeding! I thought I was doing all the right things for my baby. I breast feed both my boys for the first year. Little did I know I was setting up a life of hell for my little guy!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
About ice cream and chocolate.. your children dont eat any at all? or is there safe stuff where you live?
How do I go about finding all this out? just call Ben & Jerry?
This is going to take alot of getting used too. but the scary part is you cant MESS UP!
We got our first EPI-PEN jr today. what did you tell your familys?(sisters,brothers,parents,MIL,SIL. ect..?)How did they respond? are skittles and starburst, ok here in the U.S.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 5:07pm
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My Daniel was also exposed to peanut when I was either breastfeeding or pregnant. There is an 'old wives tale' over here that peanut helps your milk supply increase. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] i got told that one by mohter and mother in law, plus many many aunts. It turns out in the UK they now advise pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to not have peanuts.
My suggestion for your family is to buy or hire (if possible) a copy of a demonstration video about food allergies, and for other children the 'Alexander the Elephant' video, which helps them to understand the concept of not being able to eat certain foods.
We are very lucky down in NZ to have a Ministry of Health run 'manufactured food database' which lists safe foods for various allergens, including fast food, icecream, the works. But the USA is a big country wiht lots of varaiton I'm assuming! Possibly your safest bet is to phone the manufacturer, but continue checking the labels anyway - you never know when something might change.
Have you considered making your own icecream? My sister got me a Ben and Jerry's cookbook a few years back when she was passing through New York. Not much use to us now with the dairy and egg allergies on top of the peanut one, but it's really easy to make!
Good luck!
Allie
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Posted on: Tue, 03/26/2002 - 12:47pm
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Thanks Allie. I will look into the videos. I was just talking about making my own ice cream today. I think I will give it a try. I do alot of baking, and I love too make my own bread, so ice cream will be just one more to add too the list. The kids will have fun helping im sure.
God it must REALLLY be hard with dairy, and egg allergy on top of peanut! What the he@# do you eat? I would not want to leave my house. I would be cooking ALL day.
Well anyway thanks for your help. Good luck to you and your family,stay healthy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 10:54am
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I just got some candy/chocolate advice today from a friend whose son is so allergic he can't even smell peanuts w/o going into anaphylactic shock. Here's the list.
Candies to avoid:
Brachs Candy
Three Musketeers
Milky Way
M&M's (any variety)
Any Candy made by Nestles or Mars
Jelly Bellies
Safe Candies:
Hersheys Candies that do not have peanuts (or are not in a package with candies with peanuts)
Tootsie Rolls
Starburst Candy
Smuckers Jelly Beans
Guitard Chocolate Chips

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 11:28am
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Are the peanut free Nestles sweets made in Canada sold in the USA at all?
Allie

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 1:56pm
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You can order the Nestle Canada peanut free chocolates by mail-order from the USA (check recent postings on the Main Discussion Board for details).
The only one that is distributed in the US is Coffee Crisp. It is distributed to the USA by Nestle Canada.
If your local store does not carry Coffee Crisp, you should ask them to order it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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