Are OREOs safe for PA kids?

Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 1:10am
Josie_P's picture
Joined: 03/23/2002 - 09:00

My son has recently been diagnosed as PA, and we are discovering a new food every day that "may" be cross contaminated. He has been eating OREOs for quite some time without a problem.

Have we just been lucky?

We did call Nabisco, and do NOT feel totally comfortable with their answers. (They clean their machines - not dedicated lines).

So basically my question is ... do other families allow their PA children to eat OREOs.


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Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 3:01am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My PA son can eat Oreo's without any problem. He doesn't have them often though, and we do watch him closely any time we open a new bag. It's just our comfort level...I know not everyone has the same comfort levels as we do.

Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 6:50am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

Two of our four kids are PA. We have allowed them to eat oreos and the new chocolate filled oreos on a regular basis. It's one of the only cookie types that they will eat. I guess I didn't realize that the machines are cleaned rather than used specifically for making oreos. This does concern me some. I just assumed that oreos were made on "oreo equipment", as silly as that sounds. Anyway...we have allowed our daughters to eat them for their entire lives (they are 6 and 3 now) and we've never had any type of reaction from them. Joey

Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 2:05pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Oreos are THE only pre-packaged cookie we buy. We have never had a problem, but also monitor Joshua when the bag is first opened.

Posted on: Sun, 03/24/2002 - 8:49am
Renee111064's picture
Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

We too have trusted Oreo cookies. My pa son takes them for snack in school every day. We have never had any reactions from him eating them.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 4:02pm
Lari Bowen's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

Two day's ago my daughter ate Oreo Cookies (Regular/not the mini's). Every spot the cookie lingered on her face welted up (she has eaten Oreo's without incident in the past and they're only an occasional treat). I spoke to the rep's at Nabisco who were very nice and informed me that... they only place the May Contain label when they are assured that cross-contamination is UNAVOIDABLE. What? That means the rest is all up in the air. Isn't that comforting?! The rep. also forwarded our discussion to the marketing group. Why? I'm betting they have a say in the labeling. It is disgusting that they would not put the May Contain label on a pkg. of cookies just to make another sale. Is it so hard to do the right thing? It is reckless disregard and they should be ashamed of themselves. I'm sure the slackers working the Oreo Cookie line that shift will make the same sloppy mistake. You would think with the volume they sell of "America's favorite cookie" they could use a dedicated line. Every time I have an experience like this I want to send a thank you letter to the folks at M&M's for being so plain and honest, their label reads produced in a facility with peanuts (something to that effect).
Ahhh... Thank you for letting me voice my frustrations/concerns.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 10:50pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

That is a discouraging story. I have always felt safe using Nabisco(mostly for the oreos and graham crackers and regular crackers), but recently noticed on some packages of their products that they are now with Kraft? I have gathered that Kraft does not label for cross contaminants. Anyway, it just made me start checking all Nabisco labels(even things I would never buy), and the only things I could find were actual nut ingredients. Not a single warning of any kind on any non-nut item. They definately make PB cookis, so I figure they do not lable at all for potential cross contamination.
I am so bummed. We also cannot use eggs, and it is hard to find packaged cookies free of both allergens.
BTW, Hope your daughter was okay. Did it resolve quickly? becca

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 12:00am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

We consider Oreos to be safe. DS eats all types of Oreos EXCEPT the mini-ones (which in our area, carrying a "may contain" warning). We have been eating them for 2-3 years now. I have spoken to Nabisco and feel comfortable with their manufacturing and cleaning processes. I should add that my son is PA only.
I would like to add that in our area I have seen Nabisco products that are labeled "may contain", however, maybe it varies according to region. (I am in the Midwestern US).
Lari: so sorry to hear that your child had a reaction! I hope she is doing better now! Just curious as to whether she is PA only or also has other allergies? Your post does make me wonder about Nabisco.
Take care!

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 12:06am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Oreo's and Snackwells are the cookies that are store bought that I let Austin eat as well. These are in the safe snacks I send to school with him.
Do you think they were contaminated with Peanut? If so are you going to have them analyzed?
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Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 9:19am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Smack: Some Snackwell's products have used peanut flour in the past...Maybe this has changed? (I hope so- they make a few cookies I used to looove!)
I'm really worried about Oreos now. What a bummer.

Posted on: Sat, 03/30/2002 - 2:00pm
Lari Bowen's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

Thank you for your care and concern. It is a relief to read that I'm not alone. Alyssa is allergic to peanuts, eggs, cats, and has slight reactions to food dyes. After I noticed her welts I washed her immediately. We also gave her benedryl and applied hydrocorisone to the welted areas. She was fine in 30 min. much to our relief. She wasn't in pain, just disapointed the cookie was making her sick. It helps that she's only two and likes to make silly faces in the mirror. We pretended she was a monster and the welts helped make her face look funny.
When I spoke to Nabisco it was determined it could not have been a food dye. I had just assumed it was more probable that is was from peanuts then egg. I even asked if the chocolate could have been contaminated before it added in to the cookie ingredients?
Having the pkg analyzed would be great, but it was the second half of the pkg and we ate them all (with help from some guests). Also, I had emptied the pkg into the cookie jar and thrown out the wrapper (In retrospect, I should never be so confident with store bought food). Without a good paper trail it is hard to back track. I'm going to call Nabisco again on Monday. I wish there was more I could do.


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