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Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 11:00pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by smack:
I don't think of it as the Devil's work though either, I think of it as a form of amusement & entertainment.
[b]Still.[/b] I am a chicken. [i]Brock. brock.[i]. (stray feathers here and there).

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 4:36am
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Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the e-mail, Smack. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Cindy. We look forward to the shipment - Smack will make a good Santa.

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 4:51am
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smack, thank-you, especially since you just got over an unfortunate incident for being in contact with rae. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I really appreciate it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 5:05am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]momma2boys, most of the drug stores and grocery stores and stores like Zellers, Costco and Walmart carry the Nestle line of "safe" chocolates. They're called Nestle Favourites and include Smarties, Aero, KitKat and Coffee Crisp for sure, not sure if the Mirage bar is in with the Favourites or not. This is really a good question for The Candy Guru.[/b]
Hi Cindy,
The Nestle Favourites do not contain Mirage. I think this is because a mini-Aero bar would be identical to a mini-Mirage bar. In fact, the Mirage is very similar to an Aero Chunky bar.
Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]I saw a GIANT KitKat bar in the grocery store recently (and I do mean giant) for Christmas for $8.99. However, I didn't check the labeling to see if it was safe [/b]
Yes, it is safe and it is made in the same Toronto facility that makes the regular Kit Kats. Rather than being one large Kit Kats, it is a really long package which has several Kit Kats inside (It looks like one long Kit Kat bar).
And I had a busy weekend celebrating my brother's birthday and going out for Nancy's friend's birthday and many other things so that's why I have been absent recently (I wasn't in Las Vegas as was suggested [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 5:21am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00


Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 3:06am
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Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

Hi Cindy and everyone, I have some bad news for all you smartie traders... first let me preface by saying that i didnt check the above posts to see if anyone else has mentioned this yet.
My wife, who work is a customs manager for a major courier, informed me today that as of December 12, the USA will no longer allow food shipments from one private party to another without going thru a hoop of paperwork and approvals. She actually gave me the example of how we sent some fellow pa family in the USA some smarties in the past, and how now we won't easily be able to do that.
I suggest, that anyone looking for xmas shipment had better do it before the 12.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 5:40am
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redtruck, even if it's pre-packaged food like the Smarties are? It's not like we're sending fruit and vegetables which we're not *supposed* to into America.
Is the decision of the Canadian or American governments or both?
Is there any information on a government website about this?
How would anyone know that you were sending down food?
I can't remember when I sent the Smarties into America if I put it was food or a gift.
Man, what a drag. This could actually kill the Smarties thread. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 6:52am
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Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

Yes, this only applies to prepackaged food, not homemade food. My wife will check for the website on monday at work and then i'll let you know. yes i know it can kill this thread. I couldnt believe it myself, thought that it didnt make logical sense for prepackaged foods, but apparently that the way it is. It is an American law from Homeland Security.

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 10:03am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

well.. if you just write "a gift" on the customs form maybe you can still mail candy - I can't see them opening up every package when there are millions of packages in the system.
What is the Homeland Security Dept concerned about anyway? How does it protect Americans by banning imports of food such as Smarties from Canada??

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 11:13am
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redtruck, I'll anxiously await the news you're able to post when you can. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I know that when an American friend of mine sent us a package, not only did she include clothing but also Sixlets and other American "safe" Canadian but also a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, which are "safe" in America but not here. Now, that was quite some time ago.
I've certainly received enough food products from American friends, mostly Sixlets. I've also received Vermont Nut Free.
One other time I received Vermont Nut Free it was sent right from Vermont Nut Free with a gift tag from the person who sent it, so that kind of shipment would still be okay, company to person, obviously.
This is extremely disheartening.
I wonder what hoops we would have to jump through exactly to get product into American.
I think, speaking only for myself, and not encouraging anyone else to do the same, I'd mark it as a gift and not food and see what happened.
erik, who knows what the Americans are worried about with shipments coming from the Canadian border, but I guess they do have cause to be afraid of what is crossing the border these days (not that they haven't had cause for a very long time - shipments both ways).
Oh well, let's see what happens and how strict the new guidelines are going to be.
Perhaps we could use this information to finally get Nestle Canada to wake up and smell the coffee and see what a market they have in America (teacher can certainly attest to that, among others).
How sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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