BJs bakery

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2007 - 11:04am
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Hello All,

Have any of you ever used any products from BJs bakery? I was there tonight and read the labels on their donut holes, angel food cakes and a few other things (that were not baked in-house) and their labels looked pretty good. Some had "may contains", allergens were bolded, etc.

I am just wondering if any of you have ever tried or inquired about anything there? They had birthday cakes as well but I am assuming those were decorated there.

Thanks,

LJ

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2007 - 1:22pm
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My son is PA and I allow him to eat birthday cakes from there.... no issues at all. It is the only place he eats birthday cakes from if they are not homemade.

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2007 - 11:32pm
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Thanks for your response, Craftyk!

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2007 - 12:31am
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Thanks for this info! We have one right in town. I've never been, but now will have to check it out!

Posted on: Fri, 10/12/2007 - 5:44am
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Hi,
We have eaten many of the baked BJ's goods as long as the label did not have any indication of peanuts or tree nuts. My son has been fine!

Posted on: Fri, 10/12/2007 - 7:26am
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Thanks, ants mom!
Do you know if they majority of their packaged stuff in the bakery is baked in-house or at a centralized location?

Posted on: Fri, 10/12/2007 - 12:46pm
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Unless you call BJs and speak with them you don't know what this lack of a 'may contain' statement means! I have a child with top and also one non-top 8 allergen. We always call companies before buying any food. And I can tell you from my research calling companies that the lack of a may contain statement, even on a product label from a company that has 'may contain' statements on other products *MEANS NOTHING*!!!!!!! Sometimes the company just hasn't gotten around to putting 'may contain' statements on everything yet. Sometimes they have two production places, one of which labels for may contain and one does not, etc. *REALLY*, you can NOT go by labels alone and know for sure a product is x-contam-free. those warnings are voluntary and there are many companies that do not use them properly yet. I also do not think asking on a message board is the best way to know if a give product is safe. I would call and make sure. It only takes a few minutes usually and then you know the company policy. I would be very hesitant to buy baked goods from anywhere that has baked goods that contain my child's allergens, esp nuts and peanuts. Most-likely there is a chance of x-contam in most!

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2007 - 1:23am
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lakeswimr,
Thanks for your concern. I have gotten loads of valuable information from this site. I usually ask about a product HERE before if I determine if it's even worth it asking in person and/or spending time researching.
I have been dealing with this allergy for 5+ years and am familiar with how to handle it. The way I handle it has resulted in zero reactions since the initial one. So, I think I'm doing something right. At least it works for our family.
Like I said, thanks for your concern. Have a good weekend.
LJ

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2007 - 1:24am
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By the way, we are dealing with 2 "top 8" allergens and 1 other allergen as well.

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2007 - 11:27am
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lj,
I meant no offense. I do the same thing--I ask about products on another food allergy board first often times. However, I was responding to people's replies to you that sounded like they were going by the lack of 'may contain' statements on BJ's bakery product labels. That is *NOT* safe! Labels alone do *not* tell us if a product may contain or may not contain an allergen and my reply was to those people and anyone else reading who might not realize this to be the case.
And as for your methods--I have no idea what your methods include. For all I know you call companies as well. But if you don't, I think it is something to consider doing since may contain statements are not required by law. My child has had a bunch of reactions, some fairly significant and two which probably should have gotten the epi for, to cross contamination. Mostly this was to sesame x-contam but some reactions were to peanut, treenut and dairy x-contam as well, so I know from this that even top 8 allergens can be present in products enough to cause x-contam reactions in allergic people. I also always think about this one tragic food allergy death of a college student who got cookies from a vending machine. He had eaten these cookies his whole life without problem (proving that not having a problem, even for years, means very little) but the vending machine version apparently had peanut x-contam or something like that and he ended up dying even though he was *very* careful! Knowiing that I just try not to assume something is safe just because DS has eaten it fine or any other reason.
I hope you take this with my intention with which it is written which is concern for others. Best wishes!

Posted on: Sun, 10/14/2007 - 3:36am
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I call companies as well. I call restaurants, I call relative's houses, I call the school, etc.
I thought my methods were being questioned. We all have our own ways of dealing with this allergy. I wish there was just one way and it was cut and dry. Some days I HATE this allergy. Other days I am thankful that we are not dealing with something like a chronic illness and are only dealing with food allergies.
Best wishes to you as well.

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