HFB Fruit Snacks

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:12am
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We purchased some HFB Candy Crush Fruit snacks at Wal-Mart last week. Both my kids have Peanut Allergies and the box states "Nut Free" - The packets inside however, state "manufactured at a facility that processes Peanuts and Tree Nuts" amongst other things. Seems "Nut Free" is open to interpretation. I've sent the company and email requesting they remove that from the packaging. Just wanted to share.

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Pete

Posted on: Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:00am
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I wanted to update with the response I got from the company in question. Seems they do work hard on containment and contamination prevention.
"Mr. Smith,
Thank-you very much for contacting Healthy Food Brands. I have read the information that you sent over and want you to know that we at Healthy Food Brands put a premium on Food Safety and have World-Class Quality and Food Safety programs established to ensure that our consumers are protected and delighted while eating our products. I suffer from many allergies and have family members that suffer from extreme food and environmental allergies, so I intimately understand your concern and confusion.
Please allow me to explain the situation with the packaging you reference:
HFB works with many contract manufactures and also has our own facility where we manufactured and packaged the Candy Crush items. All of the ingredients of all of the individual items are documented to be “nut free,” and the facilities in which those items are manufactured are “allergen free,” meaning they don’t use any of the “Big 8 Allergens” in their facilities (peanuts, treenuts, milk, soy, wheat, eggs, fish, and shellfish).
HFB’s manufacturing facility has the ability to produce items containing five of the “Big 8” (peanuts, treenuts, milk, soy, and wheat), and some of these items were packaged (not manufactured) in a separated and allergen free area of our facility. In an effort to ensure that our consumers are completely protected, HFB wanted to include a warning on our packaging that we did have some allergens in our facility. Through a clerical error, the word “packaged” was replaced with “manufactured.” HFB was not producing any peanut containing material at the time these items, and had not been for several moths prior. Any other allergen-containing materials would have been in segregated areas of our facility, and would not have come into contact with the packaging equipment or film used on these products.
I hope this clarifies the issue at hand. I do appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any other questions or concerns. If you would be so kind as to provide a physical address, I would like to send you some additional Candy Crush items for you and your family to enjoy. I wish you and yours the best.
Kind regards,
David Falkenheim
Director of Quality
HFB LLC"

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