Breyers

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Interested in knowing if you trust Breyers. I am trying to find a safe ice cream for my PA/TNA daughter. I live in Cleveland, Ohio area so Chapman's ice cream is not available to me.

It is a Unilever Ice Cream/Good Humor-Breyers policy that when any of the eight most common allergens (milk, eggs, fish, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans and crustaceans) occur in any of our products (including Klondike and Popsicle brand products), they will be listed on the ingredient label in plain language.

Most importantly, if any of our products contain any type of nut or nut by-product, it will be listed on the ingredient panel. We do not use the terms "All Natural" or "Artificial Flavorings" to hide the existence of any allergens.

We also have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities. Unilever Ice Cream/Good Humor-Breyers does not have dedicated production lines in our factories for product containing allergens. However, we do have a very strict allergen-handling policy. If there is an allergen concern on a manufacturing line, the machine is disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes several hours. Our historical results and process verification testing for allergens has shown that these steps are effective at removing allergenic proteins.

On Jul 16, 2007

Me and my son are both PA/TNA and have had Bryers several times without problems. I would usually get the regular chocolate one. But I did read a post here about reactions to Bryers and since then have purchased an icecream maker and haven't bought Bryers anymore. Plus I got turned off the last time I bought it I noticed they added another ingrediant to make it more creamier.

I guess it's a comfort zone thing. They have an incredible cleaning process, but I think about when I make ice cream and even though the machine's surfaces are pretty smooth and easy to clean, there is one spot on it that I can't get the chocolate out of. I can't imagine how many small spots there could be on their machines that there may be a trace of peanut or tree nut stuck somewhere and I could see people reacting if they happen to eat the part with the trace on it. Homemade ice cream is so good and easy to make too so I haven't bought anymore ice cream from the store.

[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited July 16, 2007).]

On Jul 16, 2007

For the past 3 years we have used Breyers Vanilla, Chocolate, and Fudge Swirl (not the exact name) and have had no issues or problems.

------------------ Keep Smiling DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

On Jul 16, 2007

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Originally posted by mbg321: [b]Unilever Ice Cream/Good Humor-Breyers does not have dedicated production lines in our factories for product containing allergens. However, we do have a very strict allergen-handling policy. If there is an allergen concern on a manufacturing line, the machine is disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes several hours. Our historical results and process verification testing for allergens has shown that these steps are effective at removing allergenic proteins.[/b]

No, I don't due to the above reasoning. Nabisco has the same policy and no longer trust them after my DD reacted to a plain ChipsAhoy cookie---found out later it had run on the same line as one of their peanut butter cookies.

I make my own icecream using a Cuisinart icecream maker (not the new softserve one, but one of the older versions). I've had it for 7.5 years and it is still going strong [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I use the Ben and Jerry's Icecream Recipe book and modify ingredients to fit my DD's allergies.

The icecream is delicious and the kids love to make it.

Nicole

On Jul 17, 2007

we dont use our ice cream maker anymore. i put it away because we didnt use it much once i got pregnant and was tired all the time. now i dont have time with two kids and im avoiding milk for my baby. we get the scooby push pops ice cream. i have just started letting my son eat chips ahoy as well.

On Jul 17, 2007

Make our own ice cream for DD (PA/TNA) due to reasons above as no US companies use dedicated lines (outside my comfort zone). There are custard "pops" made by Rita's (almost like a push up- no stick though) that last time I checked were safe- DD doesn't eat them- but we do and they are good! Those are in the grocery store- but double check to make sure they are still safe.

On Jul 17, 2007

who makes the ritas pops. mite try them. have you talked to them about safety issues?

On Jul 17, 2007

I don't buy commercial ice cream for my son. We bought an ice cream maker. I made several batches - vanilla, choc, and peach and now we are avoiding dairy! DOH!

I guess I need to learn to make good sorbet now. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

But no - commercial ice cream is not in my comfort zone at this time.

On Jul 17, 2007

We use Breyer's consistently with no problems:

Van, Choc, Vanilla fudge swirl, peach, raspberry, choc chip, mint chip, oreo, van/choc/strawberry, plain strawberry. My son is almost 6 and we've been doing this for 4.5 years.

On Jul 17, 2007

It's the same company that has the "Ritas stores". They don't have their products that are available at the grocery store on-line though (at least that I can see- link at bottom of section)- in the stores they have a cherry/vanilla custard pop, a mixed box with blue rasberry and green apples ones (or something close)- than there's a mango one too (never tried- we don't do mango) I had emailed Rita's and "Gina" responded with the following- First email: "The Squeezers are produced in a plant that is free of peanuts, tree nuts or any other by products of nuts. We have two flavors currently, cherry and mango. In the near future you will also see blue raspberry and green apple hit the shelves. The Squeezers are a great way to have Rita

On Jul 17, 2007

NICOLE: If you read this, how did you find out about the chips ahoy on shared equipment? I usually trust Nabisco, and I think a lot of others here do, too.

On Jul 17, 2007

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Originally posted by LDR: [b]NICOLE: If you read this, how did you find out about the chips ahoy on shared equipment? I usually trust Nabisco, and I think a lot of others here do, too.[/b]

After speaking to 4 or 5 different people at Nabsico and getting different answers, I was finally passed over to the plant manager (not sure of the exact title of the person) who did day they do manufacture on shared equipment. They do a "thorough, allergen" washing in between, etc., etc. They will label for shared equipment by listing the ingredient within the label IF (big IF) they believe there is a risk of cross-contamination. They swore up and down that DD didn't react from their product--that is all she ate with water...not a huge mystery. I didn't keep the cookies but kept the UPC label and that is how they traced it to the line with their peanut butter cookie (Nutter Butter, I thimk). I always buy Keebler--they will always label for shared, may contain, etc.. Keebler also has great, overall labeling. I prefer to give my $$$ to a company who goes above and beyond the law---the most recent discussion I had with Nabisco was with the person saying "The law states we don't have to label for shared equipment or may contains"...

This is just my opinion about Nabisco and our experience with them.

Nicole

On Jul 18, 2007

No commercial ice cream here, except for certain soft-serve types like Carvel, Rita's, Mr. Softee where only chocolate and vanilla pass through the machine. Ever.

Once burned, twice shy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Amy

On Jul 18, 2007

Hi: We feel comfortable with Breyers in our house. DS (pa only)is 10 years old and we have been eating all different varieties of Breyers (chocolate, vanilla fudge brownie, cookies and cream, caramel swirl to name a few) for over 5 years. I always read the label first just to doublecheck.

Regards,

Kelly

On Jul 18, 2007

We also use Breyers. DD is 11 and we've been eating the icecream since before she was born. She obviously didn't start having icecream until she was older- maybe 2? It's been at least 9yrs and we have never had an issue. We eat vanilla and chocolate. We also make our own on occasion.

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