Asking Companies To Post Here at PeanutAllergy.com - Your Ideas?

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 1:53am
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pWe have been fortunate to have several companies directly answer our concerns about their products by posting answers here at PeanutAllergy.com./p
pHere are some examples and the original thread address of the company post:/p
pHASBRO (peanut oil in playdough?)br /
Look for/p

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 5:26am
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What about tackling MacDonalds? There have been several posts suggesting that MacDonalds was going to heighten awareness among its staff re pa. I don't believe this has materialized.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 8:02am
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Good idea Eileen - so many of us eat there from time to time and I know many have had bad experiences.
Cayley's Mom - has there been further discussion that I may have missed regarding ConAgra and which products we are going to target? I haven't run across anything but fear I may just be missing it. I'm getting somewhat confused with the various sections everyone is posting under.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 9:20am
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EILEEN - Yes indeed, McDonald's needs to train their staff to be more allergy aware. Consider them on The List.
Philip's Mom - I agree. The unfortunate timing of our idea BEFORE the Action Forum was created, has made things a bit confusing. There is currently a ConAgra thread in the Manufacturers Forum, started by Going Nuts (Amy) with contact information. My impression is that we're going to focus on Kelloggs this week and ConAgra next week.
Not contacting them next week, just sorting out the different subsidiaries of ConAgra and prioritizing the order of contact.
I will ask Amy to move the thread over to the Action Forum, so we can focus all our efforts, henceforth, from there.
EVERYONE - I think it would be easiest for all future Email campaigns to originate and stay in the Action Forum. A post will be neccessary on the Main Discussion Board to direct people to the current Email Campaign taking place in the Action Forum, but no posting should take place on the Main Discussion Board. A note in the Main Discussion "directing" thread should note that to keep things organized, posting should ONLY be done in the ONE thread on that particular email campaign, in the Action Forum. Sound good?

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 10:35am
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I would also like to tackle the "March of Dimes," since they are unresponsive at present about possible in utero sensitization and are actively promoting pb for pregnant women as a source of of the vitamin Bs (I think) to reduce birth defects.
I can generate a master list of some relevant scientific refs and news articles to give us something of a form letter to that everyone can personalize with their own point of view.
Also, it would be great to have lots of letters sent to the March of Dimes relating the anguish and guilt many of us have gone through of the amount of pb we consumed while pregnant and even if there is no definite proof yet re in utero sensitization I think preganany women at risk should be made aware of controversy and an informed choice about what they eat while pregnant!

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 10:36am
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Cyley's mom, how do you move a whole thread?

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 10:56am
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EILEEN - I'm pretty sure only Chris can move entire threads from one forum to the next. I've asked Amy to send him an email requesting that the ConAgra thread be moved over here. Whether that means copied or moved and deleted from its original spot remains to be seen.
Getting things streamlined might take a while, but it'll happen. Hopefully things won't be duplicated and confused too much longer. I concerned with spreading ourselves too thin, as well.
I'm glad we finally have this Forum to group everything together.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 12:52pm
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Yes, I'm sure it will take time to get things rolling along but I will e-mail Chris to ask him to e-mail everyone "on the books" (many of whom probably don't visit the boards every day/week or whatever) to let them know about this new board, may get more interest that way.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 2:38am
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Cayley's Mom, I have been e-mailing you different threads where we have raised concerns about different companies. I'm trying to remember which ones now. I know Chapman's Ice Cream. They promote themselves on their website and in their print ads as very food allergy aware. However, in a recent e-mail to me, they were very clear about having unsafe products that they were just BEGINNING to label as "may contain" on the market. I am not pleased at all. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
Also, Nabisco. This is another example of a company that labels well in Canada and does not label well in the U.S. despite being a U.S. company. I think on behalf of PA sufferers in countries other than Canada, we should contact them. I did post a response I got from Nabisco Canada recently and I really don't feel they need to be addressed but I do feel that Nabisco in the U.S. does.
Unilever re Good Humor-Breyer's ice cream. Again, they are not labeling properly. I posted this somewhere else on the board and can't remember exactly what the information was except that they are not labeling properly I believe in the U.S. I do have a beginning of an answer from Unilever which I considered quite "good" but I had further questions for them so I am waiting until I get everything answered until I post it on the board at all.
I'm fairly sure these were the only companies that I had dealt with in the last week or so and felt that they needed to be addressed.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2001 - 1:33pm
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I think I've now changed my stance on WHY Good Humor-Breyer's should be addressed. If you look at the thread I have re them under Manufacturers and look at the procedures they do go through when processing their ice cream and popsicle products, I would feel completely comfortable purchasing their products despite the fact that they are not run on dedicated lines or in a peanut/nut free facility. They seem really aware of food allergies and I believe they do everything possible to ensure the safety of their products.
However, they are also willing to "may contain" label EVERYTHING thereby not allowing any of us to buy ANY of their products. I find this rather sad. I would like to see them addressed, as I will do separately regardless, on why slapping the "may contain" label on EVERYTHING is detrimental to their company sales wise. It doesn't only affect PA people buying their products. It affects friends of ours, family of ours, even the schools our children attend not being able to buy their products when, in fact, they may very well be able to.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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