Blue Bunny

Posted on: Fri, 12/23/2005 - 11:58pm
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Is Blue Bunny's allergen warnings correct? I really want a vanilla ice cream sandwhich and it only says milk and soy, I think. Does anyone or their kids eat Blue Bunny stuff?

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 2:18am
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Well, that was quick, I was able to get in touch with Blue Bunny consumer affairs, and the lady I spoke with was instantly knowledgeable on the subject of the safety of their lines (always a good sign). First off she explained that the individual wrapper was from last year, before the federally mandated changes. Instead of sending those wrappers to the landfill, they are using them up. The wrappers from this year will not have the "may contain peanuts" warning. However, she then went on to explain how they run the line of the product in question. At the beginning of the day, they run all products that are peanut-free. At the end of the day, they run their drumsticks, and other unsafe products. Then, upon closing, they break down the line, and completely sanitize it. I feel a bit iffy about purchasing their products now. In fact, there are so many other products that I feel more comfortable about, that I will probably just shy away from Blue Bunny.
I have read on the message boards before about how Blue Bunny uses one line for most products, and apparently that is still the case, so, sorry if this seems to be redundant.
Thanks for all the sharing you have all done over the years, and although I have not participated much, I have learned so much!

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 3:11am
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Thanks for the heads-up. Blue Bunny are the only ice cream bars I can buy individually, that are safe, at the little market down the road.
What happens when the consumer can't also read the box because the bars are sold individually?
I guess I won't be buying any for a while.
bummer.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 4:23am
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Blue Bunny is sold in the machines at Chuck E. Cheese. I always get my PA son either the Health Smart bar or the ice cream sandwich, no warnings on the label. He's had it numerous times as a substitute for the birthday cake when he's there for a party. We were just there last week, and my daughter happened to get the chocolate-crisp covered bar with vanilla ice cream (can't remember exactly what it was called) and that did not have a warning on it either.
I'm uncomfortable with the answer they gave you. We've never had a problem, but hearing this now I don't know what to do the next time we're there.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 3:12pm
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We used to buy the buzz lightyear blue bunny ice cream sandwiches without a problem.
Also we just recently bought a blue bunny ice cream character pop (with the bubble gum eyes) from the ice cream truck and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it said "may contain milk".
The ones we just bought today from the truck have no warnings at all so I am calling just to be sure. I always call anyway if there are no warnings present so I guess we will have to keep up that up when it comes to blue bunny!
shelley

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 1:11am
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I e-mailed Blue Bunny after reading your post. We had switched to Blue Bunny ice cream this past year because they have cross-contamination labeling and Kemps doesn't. I had contacted Kemps and found out that they run everything on the same machines and just clean them, and we don't want to risk that with my DD's extreme sensitivity and ice cream's ability to pick up traces. Well, I got a call from Blue Bunny this morning with the information. I have to say they were very nice to call me the next day and to give me clear information. But she said that it is the same with their ice cream as their ice cream bars. They run the plainer flavors first (like vanilla), then they use the same equipment to run peanuts later, then they shut down at the end of every day and clean the equipment. So that's sad for us because WE really shouldn't risk it, although they're trying to be careful. I'll have to read the older posts on Edy's and such.

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 7:35am
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BethC -
I called Kemps probably a couple years ago now to check on their ice cream. It is actually the only ice cream we allow our son to eat. They were very helpful. They gave my number to the plant manager and he called me, got some information, and then called me back again. What they told me was that they run all their vanilla ice cream (I just asked about the buckets) first on the line. Then the peanut products later. They clean the machines at night and then run the vanilla again first thing. What sold us on using them was not the cleaning but that they told us they sell the first 100+ buckets to a pig farmer from the area. They feel that their cleaning process is adequate but if there would be a problem, they feel running the extra buckets through and not making them available to the general public would make it even safer. I would suggest you call yourself, but I was very impressed with their awareness, concern, and the extra precautions they take. Just FYI-

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 8:14am
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i dont think there is any US ice cream that is run on its own line.

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 12:47pm
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It is pretty much a standard that ice cream companies run plain favors first and nut variations later on the same line.
Many run vanilla first. Which explains why I noticed some itching when eating vanilla ice cream on several occassions and quit eating it.
Some companies run test kits for peanuts/nuts after they have sanitized & during the first ice cream run.
Make sure you ask when you call these manufacturers if they do this test or not.
The safest thing is to make your own ice cream!

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 2:55pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Jenna:
[b]they told us they sell the first 100+ buckets to a pig farmer from the area[/b]
OK I'm really curious what a pig farmer would do with 100+ buckets of ice cream. We've raised pigs and they never get anything other than pig feed and ground corn-otherwise they don't grow and fatten as well. Baby pigs get either mom's milk or pig milk replacer.
I'm going to ask dh-he'll think it's funny, I'm sure.
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[b]~Gale~[/b]

Posted on: Thu, 04/27/2006 - 11:12am
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Quote:Originally posted by gw_mom3:
[b] Quote:Originally posted by Jenna:
[b]they told us they sell the first 100+ buckets to a pig farmer from the area[/b]
OK I'm really curious what a pig farmer would do with 100+ buckets of ice cream. We've raised pigs and they never get anything other than pig feed and ground corn-otherwise they don't grow and fatten as well. Baby pigs get either mom's milk or pig milk replacer.
I'm going to ask dh-he'll think it's funny, I'm sure.
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Gale, when I was a kid in New Zealand - back in the dark ages, the neighboring farm was dairy. There was a huge covered tank in the hillside below the shed where the cows were milked. All the dregs from the milk would flow into this huge tank. Every few months, "Fergie, The Pig Man" as he was known, would drive up in an old truck with a tank on the back and would pump this disgusting milk waste into his tank.
My sister and I would always hang over the edge of the tank to watch. It stunk to high heaven but we were fascinated with the swirling muck in the tank. He collected dairy waste from many farms for his pigs.
Cheers,
Adele

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