Barilla now made in egg facility

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 11:40pm
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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?

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 11:52pm
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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

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 12:50am
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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.)
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Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 4:14am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 5:31am
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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.
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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]

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 7:52am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 9:42am
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Every box of Barilla that I looked at had the egg warning. We buy Muellers (sp?).

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 11:04am
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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.

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 12:43pm
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 5:50am
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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

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 11:18am
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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....

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