Bagel Info. - Thomas & Lenders

Posted on: Wed, 11/08/2000 - 5:08am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

I recently posted about the problem with getting non-contaminated fresh bagels (the place we went to recently added a PB&J and a walnut variety to their previously nut-free line).

I did call Lenders and Thomas today about their packaged bagels. Lenders indicated that they use NO NUTS of any kind and they have dedicated lines for their bagels. We tried their cinnamon raisin variety today nad it was delicious. They do make sesame seed and poppy seed varieties, though.

Thomas brand(1-800-356-3314), however, said that their bagels DO have a risk of cross-contamination with other nutted baked goods which are made on the same lines or in the vicinity. The rep. I spoke to said she would NOT recommend their bagels to us. She did confirm that their English Muffins and their Sahara brand pita bread ARE made in nut-free facilities.

I tried Sara Lee and Manitowoc but no call back yet.


Posted on: Wed, 11/08/2000 - 6:29am
no nuts's picture
Joined: 10/24/2000 - 09:00

Thank you Yonit. I think I'm so careful, we've been eating Thomas brand for so long with no problem. Now I feel so bad. I have brought along bagels SO many times so I would always have a "safe" lunch for my child. It makes me aprehensive about feeding her ANYTHING!!! I truly hate this. I suppose we'll try Lenders since she really likes bagels. Thanks for the tip.

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 11:44am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

I know this is an old thread - but I pulled it up to add this information should somebody do a "bagel search" - i also posted under a Pepperidge Farm thread.
I just bought two packages of Pepperidge Farm mini bagels - I'd never seen them before. They were plain and cinnamon/brown sugar. The label actually had "may contain sesame seeds" in bold! I was very glad to see they are starting to label for cross-contamination. I use their breads, although I have not been comfortable with their cookies because I have never seen the allergen labeling on them. Hope the bagel labeling signals a change in the right direction. By the way, for anybody interested, they were also certified Kosher-pareve, which I've never seen on their products. Perhaps these bagels are being produced by another company, like Lenders!?

Posted on: Tue, 03/22/2005 - 2:00am
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Yonit (or anyone else),
Do you have the number for Lender's? Thought I'd also call to confirm. But having trouble connnecting with them. I called the number at Pinnacle Foods Corp., but you can't get a live person to talk to...

Posted on: Thu, 03/24/2005 - 8:47am
Enlightened's picture
Joined: 03/02/2005 - 09:00

I found bags of non-refrigerated Lender's mini-bagels in Stop & Shop. On the plain and raisin bagels there was a wide purple band around the bottom of the packaged that said the bagels are produced in a peanut/tree nut free facility and the ingredients do not contain egg or dairy. I had spoken to a sales rep. (got his phone number from the Grocery Mgr) and he told me their bakery in Illinois (I think) does not contain any allergens (except eggs). My DS is allergic to eggs also, but he has been eating the non-refrigerated kind without any problems. I was so glad to see an "allergy-free" label on such a popular brand.
[This message has been edited by Enlightened (edited April 08, 2005).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/24/2005 - 9:33am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Does this mean Thomas' English Muffins aren't safe either? Oh Lord, where will it end?!!
They've been a staple in my home for a long time (although recently DS has tired of them and prefers oatmeal in the morning [img][/img] ).

Posted on: Fri, 04/08/2005 - 1:44am
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

Peppridge farm told me that in the future they will be making all their peanut butter crackers in a separate place? lets hope its true. i do use their crackers, cookies and breads.

Posted on: Fri, 05/27/2005 - 2:00am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

I have not called Lender's recently (no phone # on their packaging, so I'd need to search) -- but I do have a bag of their refrigerated onion bagels in front of me, and not only does it say "contains wheat" beneath the ingredients, but in a box below, it states "Lender's Bagels are baked in a nut-free environment and this product contains no milk or eggs." We are in Illinois, so maybe this plant is nut-free and others aren't; I know there was some conflicting info posted about Pinnacle Foods recently. Anyway, I'm glad they are labeling this way . . . hope it's a trend.

Posted on: Fri, 05/27/2005 - 4:11pm
sebastian's picture
Joined: 05/26/2003 - 09:00

I know Lender's makes bagels that are in the frozen food section...are these made by pinnacle foods as well?
The Lender's bagels I bought were fresh in the bread aisle and made by pinnacle foods.

Posted on: Sat, 06/04/2005 - 1:19pm
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

reply i got.....
Thank you for taking the time to email us. There is a chance of cross
contamination with nuts in our Lender's

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2005 - 5:09am
melissa's picture
Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

Well, it looks like Pinnacle Foods isn't really sure what they're talking about...I called them the other day about lenders bagels and they said no nuts or pn, but possible cross contam w/ eggs. Then I emailed them and got this...
Thank you for taking the time to email us. In response to your email, all of our Lender's Bagels are run on a shared line. There is always a chance of cross contamination with tree nuts and peanuts. We do NOT recommend using the product. Contact us again if we can be of assistance in the future.
Robin Diamond
Consumer Services Representative
So, who do we believe? This is a company that is really not high on my list right now.


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