I just contacted Betty Crocker, and I thought everyone would like to hear what I found out. I e-mailed Betty Crocker, and let them know that I have a life threatening allergy to peanuts. I said that I am thankful for the "allergy warnings" on their products, but I was unsure if that meant the products were free form cross contamination as well. I received a prompt e-mail back from them and I was impressed with their knowledge of the subject. Here is what they said "If a product contains one of the top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, crustaceans, and fish) or if it has any chance of cross contamination, that ingredient is always listed in the ingredient panel, and also in bold letters just below the list of ingredients. This list is your ingredient assurance for that package. It is not intended for other packaging of the same product. Ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation. If you have allergy concerns, please read each package ingredient label" It seems to me that Betty Crocker understands what we go through, and does everything it can to assure customer safety. I encourage anyone who wants to to call or e-mail (bettycrocker.com) to find out for themselves. I probably would if it was myself or my kid who was PA. I just wanted to let you guys know, since I know how hard it is to find yummy treats we can eat! Hope this helps!
On Mar 16, 2000
Yankee -- General Mills, the parent company of Betty Crocker, is on my "top ten" list (so to speak) of companies I trust. Two others that I have been particularly impressed by are Kelloggs and Nestle (including all the Nestle subsidiaries). They really seem to understand the situation and label for any risk of cross contamination. Whenever I have a choice, these are companies I favor when shopping. On the other hand, Nabisco and Kraft do not label consistently for the possiblity of cross contamination. I even called regarding bacon and hot dogs produced by Oscar Meyer (which is owned by Kraft) and was told the standard "if the product has the ingredient in it, it is labeled on the package -- we do not have dedicated lines" which means to me that they do not label for cross contamination risk (when asked directly regarding this I consistently get the standard "no dedicated lines" statement and not a direct "yes/no"). I realize the risk for cross contamination of peanut in a meat processing plant is probably very low, but on principle alone, I try to avoid Oscar Meyer products. I wonder if as time goes on and I acquire more experience whether or not I'll become more lax or more "unforgiving." Anyway -- glad to hear you had a similar favorable impression of General Mills/Betty Crocker. Stay safe, Nina.
On Mar 16, 2000
Thanks for the tips on Kellogg's and Nestle. As far as becoming more lax as time goes on, for me it's been the opposite. I get more careful! When I had my first reaction, I don't think I realized the severity of my allergy (I was 16). I learned the hard way to take it seriously. Again, thanks for your tips and concern!
On Mar 21, 2000
This is what I know about Kelloggs and Nestle: Kelloggs pop tarts have a risk of cross contamination, yet it isn't listed on the label. Nestle has changed their production and will soon be listing peanuts in the ingredients of all their baking products. Nestle slice and bake cookies are not labeled with possibility of cross contamination, but they make peanut butter slice and bakes on the same line. I have quit buying Nestle altogether and am very careful about Kelloggs. I do know that some of Kelloggs' cereal is made in a nut free facility, but we just use General Mills. I do use nutrigrain bars, but with caution.
On Mar 30, 2000
Yuck! The Nestle slice and bake choc chip cookies I looked at the other day did label for cross contamination risk. However, I'm very disheartened if the semi-sweet morsels won't be safe anymore! How new is your information? (Mine is from 7/6/99 or there abouts including a letter that lists confections that are at risk vs. those that aren't.) I was so impressed with Kellogg's -- we don't eat poptarts but, again, very disheartened to hear there is risk that is not labeled. Again, how new is this info? (Mine is from 10/29/99 telephone call). Thanks.
On Mar 30, 2000
Originally posted by Nina: [b]Yuck! The Nestle slice and bake choc chip cookies I looked at the other day did label for cross contamination risk. However, I'm very disheartened if the semi-sweet morsels won't be safe anymore! How new is your information? (Mine is from 7/6/99 or there abouts including a letter that lists confections that are at risk vs. those that aren't.) I was so impressed with Kellogg's -- we don't eat poptarts but, again, very disheartened to hear there is risk that is not labeled. Again, how new is this info? (Mine is from 10/29/99 telephone call). Thanks.[/b]
I got my info in the last few weeks. It was right before I ordered from Vermont Nut Free-they are the ones that told me about Nestle. I was very disappointed since we love the white and butterscotch chips too. Regarding the letter, I also got that about 4 months ago. I found out some other things about Nestle that has made me decide not to buy any of their products anymore.
The info from Kelloggs is also from the last few weeks (sometime in February).
[This message has been edited by gw_mom3 (edited March 30, 2000).]
On Mar 31, 2000
Just curious as to what cross contamination there could be with poptarts? Are you talking about nuts of some kind because I am wracking my brain trying to think of a nut poptart or is it another product all together. My pa son eats a couple of poptarts a week and I didn't know I should be concerned.
On Mar 31, 2000
There is definitely a peanut-style poptart. I think it's something like Peanut butter and Jelly. I eat poptarts all the time, and have never had a problem. I'm just kinda paranoid now. I'm afraid that someone will slip up in the cleaning process if they are made on the same line as the peanut ones.
On Mar 31, 2000
Thanks for reporting this. Maybe it is a regional type. I search the shelves all the time for different poptarts because my kids like them so much. I have never seen a peanut flavored one. Thanks for letting me know.
On Apr 1, 2000
I don't know if there's a peanut butter or nut pop tart (I've never seen any) but according to the people at Kellogg's poptarts are made on shared equipment (shared with what I don't know). They don't recommend them to allergic people.