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Posted on: Sun, 03/11/2001 - 1:54pm
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Wowser! This one had hit page 2. I'm sorry.
So, I'm bringing it up again. Please remember that Easter is coming up and our American friends could certainly use a change and some "safe" candy.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2001 - 12:42pm
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Just me, bringing up the thread again!
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Posted on: Sat, 03/31/2001 - 12:56pm
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Just bringing up the thread again. I would like to remind ALL Canadians that Easter is coming and Smarties would be very much appreciated by our U.S. friends.
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 1:29pm
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I had posted some time back that I was willing to send Smarties south - yes us Canadians do have something to offer other than lumber (another story for another site). I was linked up with someone but she has never contacted me. I would really like to do this b/c my son has a variety of allergies and I wouldn't mind trading some foods that you have done there for this offer. I can be reached at [email]osinchuk@telusplanet.net[/email] much easier. So let me know.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 1:48pm
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Cheryl, I back-tracked through this thread (not a pleasant task) and found that you had been "officially paired" with Jodi. I e-mailed Jodi and asked her to either visit this thread and post a response to you, e-mail me, or e-mail you at the e-mail address you just posted.
I'm sorry, I guess I just figure once I pair people up if they run into any difficulties they would search out the e-mail address of the other person and contact them. I do know that when I "officially pair" people (which hasn't been happening at all lately), that I do e-mail each person and let them know that they have been "officially paired" with so and so. I have yet to run into any difficulties or perhaps people aren't posting when they do have them.
At any rate, here's hoping that someone hears from Jodi.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2001 - 1:26pm
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Just re-raising this thread again. I was really hoping that we could have had some matches before Easter!
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 2:30am
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[url="http://library.northernlight.com/FB20010419770000453.html?cb=0&dx=1006&sc=0#doc"]http://library.northernlight.com/FB20010419770000453.html?cb=0&dx=1006&sc=0#doc[/url]
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;

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 3:35am
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Eileen, thank-you for posting the information above. I actually didn't receive e-mail notification for some reason that someone had posted in the thread or I would have seen this terrible news a bit sooner!
At any rate, due to the above, I am closing the thread and would like to apologize to anyone that was waiting for Smarties. I would also like to ensure everyone that has received them that they have received "safe" Smarties.
I could actually continue running this thread until January 1, 2002, but the "may contain" warnings are going to start to go on the Smarties now (even though they'll still be "safe") so the public can get used to this.
If I won't allow a "may contain" product into my home, I can't continue to run a thread where the product says "may contain", even though it doesn't YET.
I am so angry and upset it is unreal. The only consolation I got out of this whole thing was that I did find out that the Smarties that everyone has received to-date have, in fact, been "safe", made in a nut free facility.
Looks like things might pick up in Julie's Sixlets thread!
Again, my apologies. I'm actually going to miss this.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 4:14am
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Might we keep this open in hopes of obtaining the last of the "no-warning" candies?
I would very much like to stockpile an extra case of Smarties (and/or KitKats) for the very reasons you mentioned above, Cindy.
Just as I think I've finally convinced everyone that "may contain" labels are a risk we'd rather not take...along comes this.
I would be more than happy to cover all costs involved -- and I'm trying to think of something "fun" that I can get here in the States that might be a treat for someone in Canada. I'm part of an organic buying co-op, so I have pretty good access to quite a few well-known brands, if someone would prefer "stuff" to money. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Anyway -- if it's okay to keep the thread up for just a bit longer, Cindy, I'd like to.
I think at this point it could go "uncoordinated", and give you a break!
--Sue, reluctant to give up one of the few "normal" treats we've had.

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 5:32am
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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 enouraged to participate, so we can keep this "goodwill" thread alive! I've had the pleasure of corresponding with 2 wonderful mothers through this thread, my "Smarties Buddies", so let's all contact Nestle - who knows what can happen unless we try!
Remember, for every 1 letter a food manufacturer receives, they assume 200 other people feel the same way, but didn't take the time to write. Let's make a difference! Just click on this link:
[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]
Good luck, everyone!

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 6:23am
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I wanted to mention that there is a thread on Nestle Canada...will no longer be safe, topic. If we post on this new thread dedicated to this topic it will help keep the information better organized.
You can locate this thread on the "Alert and Food Recalls" forum or you can follow this link
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum2/HTML/000231.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum2/HTML/000231.html[/url]
Here is the topic name on the Alerts And Food Recalls Forum
"Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people"
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 6:24am
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Cayley's Mom, thank-you SO much for providing the link so we can e-mail Nestle directly from this site. I think it's really important. I have to sit back before I actually compose my letter because I'm going to include things that don't have to do with PA (my memories of Smarties, in particular, as a child so many years ago). Also, my head virtually exploded when I read the news so I do have to calm down although I was calm when I spoke with the Nestle CSR on the telephone.
This would be excellent if we could somehow keep this thread alive by actually getting the manufacturer to change their mind. I know that I have felt much positive stuff just by co-ordinating it and I can't even explain why. Perhaps because I knew that friendships did develop and that it wasn't just about candy.
I had to break the news to Jesse on the way home from school to-day, and, as always, he is a way cool kid, who gets it far better than I do. When he grows up, he will have a store that sells only things with no peanuts and he will have made Smarties with no "may contain" on them. Of course, he said the same thing about M & M's! He is cute though.
I admire that. I had thought that I would have to deal with some sort of disappointment, etc., but he just seems to take this information rather matter-of-factly. Not that Nestle needs to know this!
Again, Cayley's Mom, thank-you. I hope everyone does write and maybe we can get this thing changed around before it's too late.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 6:38am
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Chris, you were posting at basically the same time I was, so I missed your post all together. I do think it was important that Cayley's Mom posted the link in this thread as well for people that may only come to the board to see if they have been matched up in the Smarties thread yet or not (it does happen, LOL!).
Sue, I'm sorry, I completely missed your post because I automatically went to Page 5 and you were the last post on Page 4. I think what you're saying makes perfect sense. Also, you know, I can't close a thread anyway. Only Chris can do that. But, I do think it would be excellent if some Canadians were able to send some out, as well as stockpile for themselves, especially to people that have been on the list for quite some time.
I know that when I spoke with the CSR to-day I told him that I would probably have to stockpile some and that was when he gave me the shelf life of 40-52 weeks (I don't know if he thought I was insane or not [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ). Then, this afternoon, I picked up my MIL's Easter package from the post office and she had included "safe" chocolate bars for my DH and I - Coffee Crisp and KitKat.
My head is really close to exploding re this even though Jesse dealt with it really well so I am going to close for now. But, I did want to say, that yes, of course, if we can get some out before they're "labeled", then that would be great. I don't even mind still co-ordinating that and perhaps it will make me more diligent now that it has become a time concern.
That's the only good thing I can say about being Stuck in Stayner. Our stock of items moves really slow. For example, when we had "unsafe" treat bags from Trebor-Allan, they hung around town forever (actually, I think they're still here). So, if this goes the same way, I may have "safe" Smarties for a bit longer than people would say in Toronto.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 7:02am
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Chris - I posted the Nestle contact information under 3 threads that all directly related to this topic. There is a thread going in the Manufacturers Forum that has a heck of a lot more activity than the one in the Alerts Forum! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Just covering all the bases, and also letting our American friends know that we would be so grateful if they could help us "Save the Smarties".

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 7:56am
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We need to take action now...so please see the thread under Take Action.
Sorry, Cindy, but never mind stockpiling, I'm mad, and i think we need to all get mad and write them, and call them and get everyone else to do so too asap!
The link to Nestle email is already posted above. Lets rally and make them reverse their decision!

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 9:14am
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Cayley's Mom, I think you did the absolute right thing posting the same information (excellent information at that) in different threads. I often do this if there are several threads re the same topic going on the board at the same time. The last time I can remember doing this is when I received information from Nabisco Canada and the safety of their products. There were Oreos threads, Chips Ahoy threads, Nabisco threads, Christie's threads, so I posted the e-mail in all of them. What the heck. Also, Eileen posted The Toronto Star story in more than one thread to-day also.
I also think your recognition of our American friends separately was important. If Nestles Canada actually hears from some American people (and I know they have already) that are upset that they can no longer receive Canadian Smarties from their Canadian friends, they may pay even more attention.
(Also, I had been wanting to start a KitKat thread in the same manner recently because KitKat in the U.S. is made by Hershey's and not considered "safe". Well, so much for that!).
Redtruck, I must say that that is the FIRST time I have ever seen you use an angry face smilie on this board! I well understand it as my head has still exploded on this matter.
I would really like to think that we can get them to reverse their decision by our sheer numbers but I'm not sure that we'll be able to. Does anyone have an example of anyone reversing a decision based on public pressure, of this sort? I'm just so unsure about our voices being heard. But, I did telephone my Mother tonight and asked her permission to send an e-mail to Nestle on her behalf as well. She is a very unhappy Grandmother right now also!
I am going to compose my e-mail tonight when things have settled here. I just can't imagine my children not being able to eat Smarties. I can remember the joy of Smartie lipstick and lining them up colour wise. These things may seem silly, but I do remember them. My children won't have that.
Also, since I'm discussing this and don't feel like traveling the board, I did see a segment of this on CityTV tonight. I had asked DH to please try to pay attention to the news when it was on for anything about this. They did a really good segment I thought and Laura DiBaptista did say that she thought it was a poor decision based on the limited amount of treats that peanut/nut allergic children have to choose from. I thought she was especially good. Anne M___
replied that she hoped Nestle would put out good advertisements so that the public would be aware that the products were no longer "safe" as of January 1, 2002. I didn't like her take on it as much as I liked Laura's.
Anyway.
Again, Redtruck, I'm shocked that you used an angry smilie, although I completely understand why. Now, you just have to add a [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] one to the text!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 9:26am
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Just wanted to add that I have called Nestle twice today -- spoke with a young woman at length the first time, and then with Christopher the second. Allowed Christopher the (I'm sure unexpected!) pleasure of speaking with my three year old, too. Matt told him that he (Matt) liked KitKats -- and Christopher started saying quite a lot in return -- at which point I grabbed the phone back! I wasn't anticipating an apology or anything -- Matt just happened to wonder what I was doing, and I knew he could at least put in a good word for his favorite. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
So -- not to worry -- give me a phone number, and I put it to good use!
I will say that I stressed how much we appreciated their efforts in the past to provide a really safe product -- and our sincere desire that they could find a way to continue. If they are willing to try and do so, I would like to see their sales *increase* a thousand-fold!
We splurge on Vermont Nut Free from time to time -- but I am entirely sympathetic with what that would mean to a Canadian budget.
And -- while I think the VNF stuff is *extremely* good -- better than most high-end chocolate I've had the privilege of sampling -- the Nestle products are far more regular looking to kids, I think. We would be hard pressed to pass out VNF to trick-or-treaters, for example, as hand(loose)-wrapped candy is usually under a cloud of suspicion anyway. At least with Smarties, it's pretty obvious that they haven't been tampered with.
S.O.S.! (save our Smarties [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )
--Sue

Posted on: Sat, 04/21/2001 - 6:42am
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Re Nestle
Here is a toll free number 1-800-387-4636 that you can call to voice your displeasure. I hope it works from the US. If not i'm sure the one in the US can give you one,or even voice your displeasure to them .
Here is a web site [url="http://www.nestle.ca"]www.nestle.ca[/url] to post a message

Posted on: Sat, 04/21/2001 - 9:24am
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Sue, I love your S.O.S.! It's wonderful! I think Nestle has heard from so many people already and will continue to be hearing from them that we may have a slim chance of getting their decision changed. I'm really hoping they do.
To-day when we were in the grocery store, Jesse started to tell the cashier how he won't be able to eat Smarties anymore and she looked at me quizzically and I explained. She said that it must be awful.
The really sad part about all of that was, it was in the very same store, just the day before Nestle's annoucement that I went through the safe and unsafe chocolate bars with Jesse as we were waiting at the check-out line. Of course then, Nestle chocolate bars and Smarties were safe and he was able to point them out as such. Now he can't.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 04/22/2001 - 10:50am
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M's Mom, Katiee had asked me if I could contact you via e-mail on her behalf re the Nestle "issue". However, I see that your e-mail is not listed. If you do read this, could you either please contact Katiee or I?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 6:03am
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Just bumping this thread back up since Nestle has reversed its decision and made Smarties "safe" again! What a victory! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 6:19am
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Cayley's Mom, thank-you! I would still love to be the co-ordinator of this if it's okay. Now, I just have to stop crying and I'll come back and make a list of who wanted Smarties!
I'm not sure how long it will take me to stop crying, though. I'm a complete wreck, although a very happy one!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 9:10am
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oops double post (all this excitement over Nestle!!)
[This message has been edited by JoannaG (edited May 14, 2001).]
[This message has been edited by JoannaG (edited May 14, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 9:21am
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Hi everyone.
Great news about Nestle's reversal! I went straight out and bought some and we are celebrating.
Cindy, thank you, if you are going to carry on coordinating, that would be great; I'm Canadian and would like to be matched with someone wanting Smarties. Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:12pm
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Okay, I just went through the whole thread, and really before I can get anything significant going (although I believe I can do one "official pairing to-day), I have to get some questions answered because a lot of people took to pairing themselves or posting that they were buying Smarties themselves.
If it would be okay, since the thread has run smoothly since time began, except for any difficulties between the two people that were "officially paired" that I either did or did not hear about, what it be okay if I kept co-ordinating it? Otherwise it is simply terribly mind boggling and gets out of control. That's the reason I began to co-ordinate the Smarties thing in the first place. I was not the originator of this idea. It had begun to happen in another thread and I recognized that it could use a co-ordinator, hence me. So please, if you would like to pair yourself with someone on your own, please don't post in here - simply get their e-mail address and keep it off the board (if I may be so bold as to say that), or if you're going to buy a case, I don't really need to know about it in this thread (if I may be so bold as to say that). Otherwise, if you look at the following, it's become a damned confused mess that I have to try to wade through and I think it's kinda unfair for people that have simply posted they would like some Smarties and those who simply posted they would like to send some.
Now, for sanity purposes only, I am going to post each question I have separately, in a separate post, so that each and every confusing question I have is totally clear and well, separate.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:14pm
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Cheryl (Canadian), you had mentioned that you had been "officially paired" with someone. It turned out to be Jodi. Did you ever hear from her or are you a Canadian that I can add to the list as being able to send Smarties to someone else on the list?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:15pm
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Frances, did you end up buying a case Smarties on your own or with, I believe barbsch (or was it adjoz 6)? Or, did you still want to remain on the list?
barbsch or adjoz 6, could you please let me know if it was one of you that was going to purchase the case of Smarties with Frances and if you did so if you still want to remain on the list?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:19pm
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Okay, aside from a few questions that I need clarification about, I am going to assume that all of the Americans who posted still want Smarties, whether they ended up buying a case elsewhere, etc. If it turns out that they don't require Smarties anymore, I will be able to cross them off the list as soon as I find out. Otherwise, here is the list:-
- J. Roberts
- Frances
- Diane (for Steven)
- Head Cook
- adjoz 6
- barbsch
- M's Mom
- Carol (information available through me).
At this point, until I can clarify with Cheryl, I have ONE Canadian who is willing to send Smarties. That would be Joanna G.
Therefore, Joanna G., you are "officially paired" with J. Roberts. I am quite confident that her e-mail is posted in her profile, but if not, please contact me. I will now go and e-mail both of you that you have been "officially paired".
Many thanks and best wishes! Is it ever wonderful, despite the little kinks going on here to have this thread going again!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:22pm
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Hitch already - Joanna G., your e-mail address is not listed so I cannot contact you to let you know that you have been "officially paired" with J. Roberts. Could you please contact me via e-mail? The reason I'm asking you to contact me is so that I know you know you've been paired with J. Roberts. You can, of course, also contact her. I will do so now.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 11:35pm
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JoannaG., I realized after I went through all 5 pages of this thread that I had signed J. Roberts up for the Smarties (so it should have read J. Roberts through Cindy) and if you go to look for her e-mail address in this thread you will not find it. Her e-mail is [email]julabula_1999@yahoo.com[/email] Now, I have just e-mailed her to let her know that she is "officially paired" with you. Again, could you please contact me to let me know that you know you have been paired?
As far as everyone else that I had questions for, I have contacted everyone that had an e-mail address listed and asked my question.
I will try to keep coming back in and revising this as quickly as possible so we can get it back in tip top shape form and get some Smarties moving.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2001 - 3:15pm
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Cindy,
If you still need people to send smarties to others on your list, you can include me. I can make a smarties run up to BC (the border is only about 20 miles north). I don't know for sure, but it probably saves on postage to ship within the US instead of from Canada to the US.
(Do I know what I am getting myself into? I sound like I am volunteering to become a US smarties dealer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2001 - 4:52pm
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Triciasmom, thank-you! As long as you're sure it's not too much trouble for you, I will "officially pair" you with Frances. I will e-mail you both straight away to know that you have been matched.
Hey, you could be a lot worse than a Smarties dealer!
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2001 - 4:59pm
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Okay, I think I cleared up any misunderstandings that were going on that I wasn't clear about. So now, given that we have had two "official pairings" to-day thanks to Joanna G. and Triciasmom, I have the following people that would LOVE some Smarties. For all of us Canadians going out to pick up some for our children that didn't think we'd be able to do so ever again, perhaps you could consider one of our U.S. friends who were instrumental in getting Nestle to reverse their decision.
The list:-
Diane (for Steven)
Head Cook
adjoz 6
barbsch
M's Mom
Carol (information through me).
Many thanks and best wishes! Does this ever feel GREAT! Yahoo!
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Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2001 - 6:39am
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I have had one person remove themself from the list, so the list is now, as follows:-
Diane (for Steven)
Head Cook
adjoz 6
M's Mom
Carol (information through me)
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2001 - 12:14pm
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I would be interested in sending smarties to one of our american friends. I live on the east coast of canada, so it might be more efficient for a pairing from someone on the east coast. What is the procedure?

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2001 - 12:35pm
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Jeez, BrendaJ., you've raised a whole new question for me that I've never had to deal with before. What I usually do, when I get a Canadian who says that they will send Smarties, I simply "officially pair" them with the first person on the top of the list.
I actually don't know where any of the people on the list live, aside from the fact that they're in the U.S.
However, you are able to ask the person you are paired with for both the cost of the Smarties themselves and the cost to mail them (I'm wondering if you were particularly concerned about postage rates from the East Coast of Canada to say the West Coast of the U.S.). But then, I'm thinking about that, and the postal rates are the same regardless of where you're shipping to in the U.S. It's based on the weight of the package you're sending. And again, you can ask the person you're sending them to to pay for the postage as well as the Smarties. This is something you work out between the two of you once you are officially paired.
Now, just for easiness sake, on my part, I'm going to "officially pair" you now and then if you have any difficulties with this, since you wouldn't have read this post yet, you can contact me and let me know.
BrendaJ., you are now "officially paired" with Diane who would like Smarties for her son Steven.
I will e-mail both of you now to let you know that you have been "officially paired" and again, BrendaJ., if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to either post them or contact me.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2001 - 12:40pm
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Man, I go through all 5 pages to try to find Diane and realize that I should have put "information through Cindy" beside her name as well. So fine, I can contact Diane myself to let her know that she has been "officially paired".
Then, I try to contact Brenda J. and no e-mail address listed so I'm not able to contact you to let you know that we have accepted your offer gratefully to send Smarties and that you have been "officially paired". Could you please contact me?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2001 - 12:42pm
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Okay, given what I consider an "official pairing" above, I now have the following people on my list who would like some Smarties. I'm sorry if this seems like I'm posting and posting, but I'm really trying to keep track of this well, especially if I hit any glitches along the way.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Head Cook
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] adjoz 6
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] M's Mom
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Carol (information through Cindy)
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 1:45am
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I have modified my profile, email address now available to you? I do not know how to access diane's email, can do this from this site?

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 1:53am
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BrendaJ., I have Diane's e-mail address. I will copy yours now that you have it listed and I will e-mail you from my regular e-mail account with Diane's e-mail address. Sorry for the confusion.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 11:45am
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diane has contacted me and I will be emailing right after this. Thanks Cindy for all your great work.

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P.S. The only reason I thought pairing with someone on the east coast would be an advantage was that the package would reach them sooner, but one can't tell with the postal service, at least in Canada!

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 1:52pm
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Cindy, I would be willing to send some.Smarties to our friends in the U.S.

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 2:10pm
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BrendaJ., I understand what you're saying about things getting there faster. I do know that I sent a package of Smarties by regular mail to California and the other person received them in a week. When I was at the post office, I actually asked them, since there was a hefty difference in price between sending the package via regular mail and air mail, if they thought the package probably wouldn't go air mail anyway. Although they couldn't give me a definitive answer, they did suggest that the package would probably be going on a plane rather than being trucked through Ontario and down through the U.S. to southern California.
Also, I've just mailed some regular mail, the article re Jesse and PA to friends in both Canada and the U.S., including people again in California, and it would seem that everyone received them pretty well at the same time except for people that are really close to me within my province. Otherwise, as you say, with Canada Post it's really hard to tell.
I know that you have worked this out with Diane and so you know where she lives and I'm trying to remember now although I won't post it. I'm fairly sure she'll probably receive them on a timely basis.
Thank-you SO much again.
Now, mamabear, someone to "officially pair" you with. I'm going to back track and do a separate post, annoying as all heck as that much be.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2001 - 2:17pm
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mamabear and Head Cook, you have been "officially paired" in this thread. Now, mamabear, I did just try to e-mail you to let you know that I had paired you with Head Cook but your e-mail is not listed. I was able to e-mail Head Cook and let her/him know that they had been "officially paired".
Could you either please contact either myself or Head Cook by e-mail re the Smarties matching?
Many thanks.
Now, due to this "official pairing", I now have the following list of people in the U.S. who would like to receive Smarties:-
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] adjoz 6
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] M's Mom
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Carol (information through Cindy)
Many thanks and best wishes! I can't stress again how much I am thrilled to be working on this thread again even if it means I can't travel elsewhere on the board tonight!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 05/18/2001 - 5:46am
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I did a search of pa.com and didn't find anything on this, so I thought I'd mention it - I just found out today when talking to Nestle USA that there is a web site, [url="http://www.canadianfavorites.com"]www.canadianfavorites.com[/url] where anyone can order Smarties, Canadian Kit Kats, etc. online. Don't know how the prices compare to the "Smarties Exchange", but it might make it a little easier on some folks - especially Cindy!
Jackie
[This message has been edited by jh5000 (edited May 18, 2001).]

Posted on: Fri, 05/18/2001 - 8:05am
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Jackie, this is excellent news! However, I must admit that I really enjoy what little work is involved in co-ordinating this thread. It would be great though if people were able to simply buy their Smarties, etc. on-line rather than having to wait for a match in this thread.
The only thing that perhaps people MIGHT miss, and I know that this certainly didn't happen in each case, is the relationship that developed between the family in Canada sending the Smarties with the family in the U.S. receiving the Smarties. Now, I'm fairly clear that relationships developing was not a BIG part of this, but I do know some people that have relationships with their Smartie friends (not smarty friends).
Please, anyone who checks the website out, post here and let us know how it is. Please let us know if you think it's better than this thread continuing with all the work that is actually involved in dealing with your Canadian match, figuring out how to pay for the Smarties and postage and exchanging your money into our pitiful Canadian dollars, etc.
I would be very interested in seeing if the on-line purchase works out well and what's more important, easily. This would be great!
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 05/18/2001 - 9:24am
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[url="http://www.canadianfavorites.com"]www.canadianfavorites.com[/url] is really a fun site to explore. I had no idea there were so many uniquely Canadian products that people would miss badly enough to special-order - flavoured potato chips, Clamato juice, President's Choice, Tim Horton coffee...
OK, for Smarties they offer the, ah, usual rectangular box for US$.82, weight .12 lb. Or the case of 48 boxes for US$35.99, weight 5.94 lb. Shipping and handling is US$9.00 for 0-1 lb, US$12.00 for 2-5 lb and so on.
Look at what they say on their Jams and Spreads page:
"E.D. Smith & Sons, Limited, a 100% Canadian food company since 1882, has been honoured with an important public award sponsored by the Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada. The award is formal recognition of E.D. Smith's leadership and commitment to anaphylaxis prevention. E.D. Smith has worked diligently to manufacture food products free of the major food allergens:
peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish and fish"
I wonder how they knew that!
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Posted on: Fri, 05/18/2001 - 1:57pm
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JoannaG., do you know off-hand, if the U.S. prices listed for Smarties are "good" or reasonable ones?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 3:38pm
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Cindy,
In regards to the prices at canadian favorites:
With today's (Monday) conversion rates, one box of Smarties,tax and shipping would equal about $15 canadian (yes, that is really the price for one tiny little box!). For the whole case of smarties, it would cost about $81 canadian. It is very expensive to say the least!
If you were looking at it purely in US prices:One box would cost $9.82 and a case would be $53.15. Those prices include tax,handling and shipping.
Linda

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