Barilla now made in egg facility

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You may have already seen this in FAN newsletter but Barilla had been the one pasta co I trusted for MFA including egg. If you too want to write them about this change

[email]consumerrelations@barilla-usa.com[/email]

In the meantime, anyone know where to buy safe pasta?

On Jan 4, 2006

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I don't know what we're doing about pasta yet. I've emailed Hodgson Mills, and Prince the brand we always used that now has a new warning. Meg

On Jan 4, 2006

Am I missing something here? We have always bought Anthony`s. I have never called them. I just assumed it was safe. Is Anthony`s on shared equipment with something? (Dd is no longer allergic to egg, but used to be, so I am wondering.)

[This message has been edited by Carefulmom (edited January 04, 2006).]

On Jan 4, 2006

Hmmmm. Never seen Anthony's here. We've always used Prince and it now carries an egg warning. Barilla will soon also carry an egg warning. Those are the two most common brands of pasta here. I'm trying to clarify the risk based on the warnings so I can figure out what to do...Meg

On Jan 4, 2006

This is the response I got from Barilla on October 27, 2005. I was pleased with their response and will continue to use their (blue box) pasta. -----------

Dear Alicia,

Thank you for contacting Barilla with your inquiry. As of September 2005 our plant will begin producing a pasta product that contains eggs. Our egg pasta will only be produced approximately 7 times per year on dedicated days. On these days our regular pasta will not be produced. Our blue boxes of pasta do not contain eggs, dairy, peanut, tree nuts, soy or rice products.

Following the production of our egg pasta, all of the manufacturing equipment will be cleaned and sanitized. Additionally, lab tests will be performed on the equipment to ensure that cross contamination is well below minimum standards. Please note that Barilla strictly adheres to all Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP Plans as mandated by the FDA.

We hope you will be able to continue enjoying Barilla Pasta and Sauces. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Regards, Consumer Relations Barilla America, Inc.

[email]ConsumerRelations@barilla-usa.com[/email]

On Jan 4, 2006

Alicia,

Thanks for reposting your letter from Barilla [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I had read it before, but not very carefully I guess, that doesn't sound so bad. Probably Barilla it is. Meg

On Jan 4, 2006

Every box of Barilla that I looked at had the egg warning. We buy Muellers (sp?).

On Jan 4, 2006

I agree with Meg - I feel so much better about Barilla (thanks for re-posting!) and will prob continue to use. I actually bought a bunch of Muellers today but then looked online and they make egg pastas too so not sure how they'd be different.

Anyway, I left a msg for Muellers and will let you know if I get a response.

On Jan 4, 2006

How strange that I am the only one that buys Anthony`s. It is a very big brand here---they have a million different kinds: spaghetti, spaghettini, angel hair, bow ties, fusilli, macaroni, spirals, etc, etc. They are sold in every major grocery store here. I just checked a package in my kitchen and they are made in Kansas City. I wonder why they don`t sell it where you are.

On Jan 6, 2006

Here's the reply I received from New World Pasta which makes Prince and Ronzoni:

Thank you for contacting New World Pasta.

The Prince Pasta does not include egg as ingredient. Our product label includes an accurate listing of the ingredients in our products. In addition, if any component of an ingredient is an allergen that component is also listed on the label. However, we can not guarantee that a product which does not list an allergen on the ingredient label has not come into contact with that allergen.

We take food allergies very seriously at New World Pasta and have strict procedures in place to prevent crossover of allergens into other products that do not contain the allergen. We follow government regulations called Good Manufacturing Practices as well as our own stringent requirements for thoroughly cleaning the equipment between product changes.

As in the case with most commercial pasta manufacturers, it is possible that some egg and non-egg products may be manufactured on the same lines. We believe that cleaning procedures in place at our manufacturing facilities are quite comprehensive, minimizing the chances for allergen crossover.

[b]If you are still concerned, or if your child is highly allergic to egg products, you may wish to avoid purchasing our products.[/b]

OK, so I guess I like Barilla's response better [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Meg

On Jan 6, 2006

Mueller's called back and they process egg on same lines. DS has had Barilla with egg warning for the past 2 nights and so far so good.

I wouldn't take this risk with nuts but somehow I feel ok with Barilla's response. Not sure why given that DS' egg allergy numbers were high too....

On Feb 22, 2006

Have you still been using the barilla pasta? Is it working ok? I am having a really hard time finding pasta that doesn't have a "may contain." I gave dd one the other day that was not labeled as a "may contain" and she had a small rash on her stomach afterwards. I've learned now to contact the companies before giving her things not labeled well. Just wondering if anyone has had trouble with the new barilla.

On Feb 22, 2006

Don't know if it means anything, but my DD will no longer even eat Barilla. Though to be fair, we have not seen anything that I would call objective symptoms. But it used to be a favorite and she won't touch it now.

We haven't found anything to replace it with, either. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Even Hodgson's Mill shares their line.

On Feb 22, 2006

DS has been eating Barilla pretty consistently (at least 2-3 times a week.) If I knew of an egg free pasta company, I'd definitely switch but until then I feel ok about using.

On Feb 22, 2006

We've switched to Barilla too, so far so good. DS likes the Fiorini (sp?) shapes, they look like little flowers, and they have no egg warning on them. The long spaghetti carries the warning I noticed, I didn't check all the shapes.

I like that about Barilla, they seem to be labelling seprately depending on the pasta shape, which I guess would dictate the machinery used. Although, I guess it could have been old boxes I was looking at. hmmmmm.... Anyway, we've started using Barilla for now. Meg

On Feb 22, 2006

I'll give the Barilla a try. Now that I think about it, about half way through her meal the other night with the non-labeled pasta she started screaming!! I wonder if she was reacting somehow to the pasta then??? She's only 13 months so it's not like she can tell me what's going on. Thanks!

On Feb 22, 2006

Tinkyada is a very good rice pasta, only thing they made there the last time I spoke with them (about two years ago) I still see that their label reads "nut free, dairy free, egg free, etc...". They make all shapes, lasagna, shells, manicotti, spirals, etc...

On Feb 24, 2006

We use Tinkyada rice pasta as well. I checked on it about 3 months ago - still free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk and eggs (I ony checked on those allergens) as of then. Wan't sure the kids would like it but it's quite good, the texture was decent and they do like it. We've found it to be a good substitute.

On Feb 24, 2006

Carefulmom we also use Anthony's never a problem. We also use Tinkayada, Annies, and Garden Time by Napa Valley Trading.

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