Breyer\'s ice cream

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Trying to contact Breyer's but their lines are busy, busy, busy.

I am going to my sisters for St. Patty's dinner and she bought Breyer's vanilla for dessert for my PA/TNA daughter. The package doesn't state any nut ingredients, not does it state "may contains" either. I got some information online that says:

"Breyers does not have dedicated production lines in our factories for products 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."

All I want to know is if their vanilla is safe. Am I a moron or is this message ambiguous? I wish every company could be like Hershey's when they say if there is a chance of exposure their produts will automatically list a "may contains". Breyer's may be the same, I just can't reach anyone to ask!

If anyone has called them recently I'd love your input!

On Mar 17, 2006

hi. i know many people that use this and are fine with it so you might want to try it. i used it last year for my son but one day while eating it he said his tongue felt hot. now this was a three year old describing this and i didnt know what to do. he had a drink of soda and said he was better and that was that. it scared me enough, though, to never buy it again only because i didnt know why he said that. good luck.

On Mar 17, 2006

Drew has had Breyer's vanilla ice cream many, many times without problems.

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[b]I wish every company could be like Hershey's when they say if there is a chance of exposure their produts will automatically list a "may contains".

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Me too!

On Mar 17, 2006

Before we were officially diagnosed with multiple food allergies (PN, TN, corn, soy, dyes, etc...) I never could understand why the ONLY ice cream DS did not get a rash from was Breyer's Vanilla. Every other Vanilla on the market gave him a problem. It is still the only ice cream brand we buy, ds once in a while will branch out on flavor, but not often, he always asks for Vanilla. We trust their cleaning, I don't believe they have ever had a recall either, something that cannot be said for some other companies, even ones that label responsibly.

On Mar 17, 2006

We always have Breyers icecream in the freezer. We've been eating it since before the PA/TNA diagnosis- for almost 10yrs now. I like that I can pronounce all the ingredients, and know what they are! Tidina- maybe your son said his tougue felt hot because of the coldness of the icecream on his tastebuds?

On Mar 17, 2006

It is the only kind of store-bought we use.

On Mar 17, 2006

yes i am hoping and i think that the ice cream was just cold because nothing happened. it was the first or second month of diagnosis and i got really scared but he said after he took a drink of soda that he was much better so nothing really happened.

On Mar 17, 2006

We use breyers vanilla and chocolate. We have also had mint chocolate chip (don't remember the brand) Never had a problem. Does anyone else use other flavors?

On Mar 17, 2006

We use Breyers vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla fudge swirl. No problems for us.

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

On Mar 17, 2006

"Breyers does not have dedicated production lines in our factories for products 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."

I am really happy to see that Breyer's is not listing "may contain" anymore and is using excellent [beyond the norm in the field] manufacturing processes and cleaning routines. I am thrilled to see them applying the new tests that are becoming available and relying on them as predictors. One of my hopes in the early years after my son's diagnosis was that the testing systems that were just in the research phase 10 years ago would become mainstream and that we would start to see manufacturers move away from automatic "may contain" labels. Organizations such as FAAN and AAIA and Anaphylaxis Canada are trying to educate manufacturers and encourage them to use these methods of safe manufacturing and testing. I think we as consumers need to applaud Breyers and other companies that have invested time to grow their corporate knowledge and to buy the new testing equipment. What is the benefit to them or us if we continue to be suspicious of their manufacturing environment?

On Mar 18, 2006

We use Vanilla Breyers all the time without incident. Andrea

On Mar 18, 2006

I looked at a gallon (I think) of "Natural Vanilla" and since it didn't have an allergy warning, it scared me, kind of. I don't know. I feel comfortable trying it, but, which vanilla to try? There's french, creamy, natural...If it were to contain nuts would it say so? I don't really understand, I guess.

On Mar 18, 2006

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Originally posted by MommyMegan: [b]I looked at a gallon (I think) of "Natural Vanilla" and since it didn't have an allergy warning, it scared me, kind of. I don't know. I feel comfortable trying it, but, which vanilla to try? There's french, creamy, natural...If it were to contain nuts would it say so? I don't really understand, I guess.[/b]

There are different levels of comfort on this board in regards to icecream. Some won't eat any unless they know it's on a dedicated peanut free line, some won't eat it unless it's on a dedicate peanut and nut free line, some won't eat "manufactured in same facility as nuts/peanuts", some just trust the label...if there is no warning, then they are fine with it.

I'm somewhat of the latter...I stick to name brands (Dreyer's/Edy's, Ben & Jerry's, Breyer's) and read the label. If they feel it's necessary to put a "may contain..." label I don't eat it. If they put a "made on the same equip as..." I won't eat it. If it's a "made in the same facility as..." I will eat it. If there is no warning, I will eat it.

Some on here have called the individual companies to ask about their machine cleaning procedures. Ben & Jerry's I've personally called on and their statement and allergy awareness is good, and I trust their labels. Someone above here talked about Breyer's cleaning & testing standards too.

So...it's just about your comfort zone...which will ebb and flow over time. I've never had a reaction to Breyer's icecream.

Their french vanilla is creamy and soft vanilla taste. Their vanilla bean is a real strong (verging on vanilla extract taste) true vanilla taste (real vanilla beans are awesome!). I think kids would like the french vanilla better than the vanilla bean.

Good luck making your decision :-) It's all about you and your personal comfort zone.

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Mar 18, 2006

Does anyone in Canada eat Breyer's? I eat their ice cream when I visit family in the US, but in Canada it has a peanut warning on it. When I called the company (before visiting the States--I wanted to know why the labelling difference) they said that the manufacturing and cleaning process is the same but that they have to stick the may contain label on there because of Canadian labelling laws. (but there are no labelling laws for may contains...at least not that I'm aware of). i know there is Chapman's, but there are some ingredients in chapman's that I avoid. it sounds like breyers would be safe in Canada too...?

On Mar 19, 2006

We eat Breyers (and not many others) and have branched out to "take two" vanilla and chocolate and even now the van, choc and strawberry. I like the natural vanilla as the extra creamy has more ingredients and I tend to go for the fewest and purest.

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On Mar 19, 2006

mmmmmmmmmmm Breyers. I buy the natural vanilla.

french vanilla.

chocolate.

checkerboard (?) not sure of the *real* name, just a mix of vanilla and chocolate.

orange sherbert/vanilla mix.

rainbow chocolate.

chocolate chip.

mint chocolate chip.

very cherry chocolate chip.

cookies and cream.

banana bonanza.

and am thinking of buying the "All That Caramel."

I might have left some out.

General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. [b]ABSOLUTELY NOT.[/b] Just describing my own personal, highly individual, and potentially unique situation. Individual Mileage May Vary. I could be a BAD MOMMY. Taking huge risks. I could be wrong. I could just have dumb luck.

On Mar 19, 2006

Lisa M., I'm in Canada as well and we never buy Breyer's because of the "may contain" labeling.

I remember when my son was in either his first or second year of school and I was looking for a safe ice cream cup for the Fun Fair. I got a response back from Good Humour-Breyer's that I felt quite comfortable with - how they washed their equipment, etc. But, the problem was the "may contain" labeling.

For me, I've just always found that even though a manufacturer may give me an answer that I, personally, feel comfortable with, once that "may contain" label is slapped on something (except for that gosh darn deli chicken [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] ), I can't buy the product. When my son was younger (he's 10 now), it was like how do I explain to him that some "may contains" are okay and other's aren't? Now, it's more of how do I explain it to other people, outside of our immediate family (myself, son, daughter) and even how do I explain it to my daughter? Personally, I just can't be bothered.

But probably because we have Chapman's. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Mar 19, 2006

PeanutKate, sorry. I know you're Canadian, so have to ask you - have you checked the labels recently on Breyer's ice cream here in Canada and found that they don't always say "may contain"?

I remember raising the ? here awhile ago about checking the labels of things you have already deemed unsafe (i.e., Kellogg's Frosted Flakes - how they were "may contain" something and now aren't) and how I, personally, never re-check something once I've decided against it.

I'll try to check Breyer's in the market to-day. But if you have, and you're able to purchase it for your child, well, that does change some ice cream eating habits in our household, to a degree.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by MommaBear: [b]

and am thinking of buying the "All That Caramel."

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it's sinful

Adrienne

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by ajgauthier: [b] it's sinful

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LOL!!!

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by csc: [b]Lisa M., I'm in Canada as well and we never buy Breyer's because of the "may contain" labeling.

remember when my son was in either his first or second year of school and I was looking for a safe ice cream cup for the Fun Fair. I got a response back from Good Humour-Breyer's that I felt quite comfortable with - how they washed their equipment, etc. But, the problem was the "may contain" labeling.

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the Breyer's I buy doesn't have a "may contain" label. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I don't see "Good Humor-Breyers" on it anywhere. Is this a Canadian thing?

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On Mar 19, 2006

Mommabear, yes, it's a Canadian thing. They add "may contain" on the Canadian packages (the last time I checked) but not on the US ones.

Thanks for the reply, CSC. I can see the potential problems caused by buying "may contains" when you are trying to train your son to be careful of this sort of thing.

I've written Breyers--will post their reply. If they follow the same manufacturing process, I can see that my love of ice cream is going to overcome my reluctance to eat anything with the word peanut anywhere on it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] This is a timely discussion----Breyer's ice cream is majorly on sale at Dominion until Friday!

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by LisaM: [b]Mommabear, yes, it's a Canadian thing. They add "may contain" on the Canadian packages (the last time I checked) but not on the US ones. [/b]

Yes, labelling is more strict here in Canada (even though there is no law to label for 'may contains') .. the Breyers in Canadab says may contain peanuts, but I still eat Breyers vanilla due to the intensive cleaning procedure Breyers uses in Canada & the USA.

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by erik: [b] Yes, labelling is more strict here in Canada (even though there is no law to label for 'may contains') .. the Breyers in Canadab says may contain peanuts, but I still eat Breyers vanilla due to the intensive cleaning procedure Breyers uses in Canada & the USA.

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thanks. No advice and only personally speaking.......I'm ok that our labelling isn't as you would say: "more strict". But I'm not sure that's how to describe or compare the labelling. KWIM?

but maybe it's just me.

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On Mar 19, 2006

CSC--you asked about checking once I have checked once. Yes, I repeatedly check but only when the labelling changes or in the case of companies like Breyers vanilla ice cream who still label may contain but are gradually changing their manufacturing processes and how and where they store nuts. I am comfortable with Breyers vanilla only based on what I have heard from them and have heard from them over the last 10 years every 6 months. They don't have the testing technology yet but I figure if we keep asking them about it they may someday acquire it. I am also only comfortable with the plant nearest me. I haven't checked elsewhere in Canada. We buy Chapmans but if I send my son to a birthday party then I allow vanilla Breyers if the party giver prefers it. This is limited, limit the risk exposure to this product. I have a friend in the US near the Breyers plant that is testing and not labelling anymore. I look forward to that day here.

On Mar 19, 2006

PeanutKate, thank-you for your response to me. I appreciate it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I remember when I contacted them years ago (as posted above), and I felt really good about the reply I received (posted here somewhere), but because of the "may contain" label, I, personally, just couldn't do it then. KWIM?

Momma Bear, as far as Good Humour-Breyer's - when I went to contact Breyer's, it was under the Good Humour + Breyer's umbrella (if that makes any sense). As I posted, that was a long time ago.

I remember writing back to them though because I thought their response, at that time, was awesome, and how I explained in my own weird way that I simply couldn't buy their product because of the "may contain" labeling.

I did go to the market to-day, but I forgot to check the ice cream. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]

Lisa M., I can certainly see dealing with PA differently (and erik as well), if I was the PA person in the house. Not a lot differently than we do now (I think we have an okay comfort zone, not too restrictive). When the day comes that my son is able to do his own research and make his own decisions, well, I don't know, KWIM?

Now, if only I hadn't developed a lactose intolerance (since having my children) and they would lift the "may contain" labeling from the strawberry Haagen Daaz! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Mar 19, 2006

We only use Breyers Vanilla. It's our understanding that the plain vanilla flavors are run first, then they start adding things (nuts, etc.). So, we're pretty sure that the vanilla flavors are run right after a thorough cleaning, you know, before they start all over again. But, maybe they clean several times throughout the whole process?

It's been years since we called them, so things have probably changed.

The statement you wrote, CatSchmidt, seems really good, but I'd want to know if the cleaning is done after every different flavor. I may have to call them again, but we're not in an ice cream kinda mood right now, so it may be awhile. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by csc: [b]Now, if only I hadn't developed a lactose intolerance (since having my children) and they would lift the "may contain" labeling from the strawberry Haagen Daaz! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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Breyer's makes a lactose free vanilla :-)

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Mar 19, 2006

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Originally posted by MommaBear: [b] thanks. No advice and only personally speaking.......I'm ok that our labelling isn't as you would say: "more strict". But I'm not sure that's how to describe or compare the labelling. KWIM?

but maybe it's just me. [/b]

I use the word "strict", since the manufacturing conditions are the same (shared lines that are thoroughly cleaned) but the 'peanut' warning is only on the Canadian product.

Not sure what other word I would use instead of 'strict', but maybe it's just me (and my Canadian English [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] )

I wonder what word Anna Marie would use? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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On Mar 20, 2006

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Originally posted by erik: [BI wonder what word Anna Marie would use? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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[i]how about "American"?[/i]

On Mar 20, 2006

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Originally posted by MommaBear: [b] [i]how about "American"?[/i] [/b]

how about the word "hoser" eh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

On Mar 20, 2006

We use Dreyers because they do thorough allergen washes twice after nuts are run and then test it for residue of allergens. They label for traces and guarantee no cross-contamination. They are confident and give the guarantee. However, Breyers has never given a guarantee although they go through allergen washes, etc. So we only use Dreyers.

Michele

On Mar 20, 2006

Also, forgot to add that my son, who is PA/TNA, had a Breyer's Cremesicle awhile ago and broke out in hives. I never knew whether or not it was from frozen fishsticks he had or the cremesicles.

Michele

On Mar 20, 2006

If anyone is interested - I posted a reply about Bryers ice cream in the Alerts and Food Recalls thread. Sadly, I've had 2 unsatisfactory experiences recently with the extra creamy vanilla flavor. (Nothing serious, just 2 odd things.)

------------------ Terri in the USA (Severe allergy to peanuts, walnuts, haddock, tuna and avoid all nuts and fish)

On Mar 20, 2006

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Originally posted by proudmomof2: [b]We use Dreyers because they do thorough allergen washes twice after nuts are run and then test it for residue of allergens. They label for traces and guarantee no cross-contamination. They are confident and give the guarantee. However, Breyers has never given a guarantee although they go through allergen washes, etc. So we only use Dreyers.

Michele[/b]

Do you know if Dreyer's/Edy's does that double allergen wash and testing after the cookie dough variety that contains peanut oil? I know they don't consider peanut oil an allergen.

eta: I'm also curious that they *guarantee* that it won't be cross contaminated. Is that on their site somewhere? I've never ever heard of a company that will 100% guarantee that.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

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On Mar 21, 2006

LAST YEARS RESPONSE: March 31, 2005 Thank you for your email requesting allergen information for Edy's Grand Ice Cream. In an increasingly health-conscious society, we are always pleased to respond to your questions regarding our products. Our manufacturing facilities comply with federal and state regulations regarding food safety and handling. While designated lines are not used for manufacturing products that contain allergens, such as nuts and wheat, we do employ specific procedures to prevent allergen materials from getting into non-allergen products. These procedures include monitoring packaging materials to assure the correctness of product type. All production equipment receives thorough cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing. Comprehensive inspections are performed on key production equipment after allergens have been run and the production lines are cleaned. The statement "Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts and nuts" is not required under FDA regulations. The statement is used only if the risk of the presence of an allergen cannot be eliminated even with the use of good manufacturing practices. If our suppliers use this statement on the ingredients they supply us, we may include it on the packages containing that particular ingredient. I have sent you via U.S. Mail information sheets, which provide the nutritional information that you requested, along with a current flavor list. Please feel free to contact our consumer relations department at 1-888-590-3397 should you require any further specifics. We hope that this information is useful to you and we appreciate your taking the time to contact our company to share your concerns. Please watch for our follow-up response to arrive shortly along with coupons that may be used towards future purchases of any Edy's product. Sincerely, Angela Brem Consumer Response Representative Ref # N1647150

On Mar 21, 2006

all this info. does give one something to think about! I *had* decided to go ahead and try the Breyer's natural vanilla here in Canada (in spite of the fact that I haven't heard back from Breyer's yet and in spite of the fact that I have a few reservations)....but as it turns out the Dominion that I was shopping at didn't have that flavour (the one with the vanilla specks) and the "natural" breyer's line isn't on sale anyway....just the regular kind is. My moment of bravery has passed..not sure if I'll actually buy it..if I could even find it.

On Mar 21, 2006

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Originally posted by LisaM: [b]all this info. does give one something to think about! I *had* decided to go ahead and try the Breyer's natural vanilla here in Canada (in spite of the fact that I haven't heard back from Breyer's yet and in spite of the fact that I have a few reservations)....but as it turns out the Dominion that I was shopping at didn't have that flavour (the one with the vanilla specks) and the "natural" breyer's line isn't on sale anyway....just the regular kind is. [/b]

FYI- I am in Canada and I have eaten Breyers natural vanilla many times. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Mar 22, 2006

I was in a store yesterday that has started carrying "Good Humor" in a half gallon box.It had a nostalgic picture of a ice cream man on the front giving out ice cream. I believe it said soft and creamy. From what I see on the website it's Breyers. Has anyone tried this? I wondered if it was somewhat creamier than the regular Breyer's flavors. Our other stores just carry the half-gallon Breyers with "Breyers" name on the front. So, this was different.

On Mar 22, 2006

i think i have responses from good humor. i believe they cleanse between runs. no dedicated lines.

On Mar 22, 2006

erik, you know what I'm going to ask you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Does the vanilla Breyer's that you eat have a "may contain" warning on it?

I did try to check the ice cream yesterday when I was in the market but all of the ice cream had disappeared! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ALL OF IT!

I don't know how to explain this properly, but erik, I understand that you grew up in a time when a lot of things were not labeled *properly* and I also understand that you're an adult capable of doing your own research and making your own decisions about what you choose to eat. Does that make sense? So, if you do answer my ? it's not like I'm going to say anything negative. I completely understand.

It's just like how I keep buying that deli chicken despite the assinine labeling it now has. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Mar 22, 2006

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Originally posted by csc: [b]erik, you know what I'm going to ask you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Does the vanilla Breyer's that you eat have a "may contain" warning on it?[/b]

Yes, all Breyers ice cream in Canada has 'may contain peanuts' on the label. Since they thoroughly clean their lines and run vanilla first in the day, I do eat it.

(and if I was in the USA, there would be no peanut warning even though they do use shareed lines there too)

However, if possible I always buy Chapmans to support them since they have peanut-free lines [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Mar 22, 2006

i wish they had chapmans here. we pretty much use flavor ice pops, philly swirl, go to ritas or make our own. sometimes i just whip up some cream and freeze it too.

On Mar 22, 2006

I did get a response from Breyer's...they confirmed that they follow the same cleaning procedures for ice cream sold in Canada. Thanks for the reply, Erik--I'll probably cave in and eat the Breyer's..if I find it on sale it will be enough to tip the scales in favour of buying it. (I am generally very cautious, but my diet is *very* restricted....)

On Mar 22, 2006

Let me begin by saying that the only ice cream we use is Breyer's Natural Vanilla because of what I've read here and what the company told me. I guess I probably use the same logic as other people here who like their cleaning process and that they run the non-allergens first. Here's what my brain doesn't get--If they run the vanilla first after the cleaning, then wouldn't whatever they run second (assuming it's chocolate or strawberry, and not the nut varieties yet) be safer. I mean if they did miss a peanut in the cleaning process then, in theory, it would cross-contaminate the first run more times than it would the subsequent runs. So wouldn't the ice cream flavor that they run immediately before the peanut varieties actually be the safest? Like I said, we use vanilla, but I still wonder.

On Mar 23, 2006

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Originally posted by Nicole1401: [b]Let me begin by saying that the only ice cream we use is Breyer's Natural Vanilla because of what I've read here and what the company told me. I guess I probably use the same logic as other people here who like their cleaning process and that they run the non-allergens first. Here's what my brain doesn't get--If they run the vanilla first after the cleaning, then wouldn't whatever they run second (assuming it's chocolate or strawberry, and not the nut varieties yet) be safer. I mean if they did miss a peanut in the cleaning process then, in theory, it would cross-contaminate the first run more times than it would the subsequent runs. So wouldn't the ice cream flavor that they run immediately before the peanut varieties actually be the safest? Like I said, we use vanilla, but I still wonder.[/b]

I knew someone would bring that up [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I've thought that a lot, but I don't know if I've ever stated it.

So, the chocolate (if run 2nd) could be safe (though contains chocolate), and the 3rd (say strawberry) would be even MORE safe, right? And on and on.. til the nut ones are added...

But what if the strawberries are in a field with peanuts? Or something like that? Or the chocolate is growing ina field with peanuts?

You could drive yourself mad by this way of thinking, right? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Jason

------------------ [b]* Obsessed * [/b]

On Mar 23, 2006

erik, thank-you for your answer. I really appreciated it and totally understand where you're coming from. As I say, when Jesse is old enough to do his own research and develop a comfort zone that is perhaps different than mine, I can't say that I would feel uncomfortable with him eating the Breyer's Vanilla. Because I wouldn't be. It's just trying to explain the "may contain" label, not solely to Jess but also to Ember who struggles to understand the allergy (even though it is not her's).

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On Mar 28, 2006

Has anyone tried the new Breyer's "Cyclone" flavors of ice cream? The new flavors look yummy and several did not have warnings on them when I checked. Just wondering if anyone had called on these or have tried them.

On Apr 26, 2006

Nicole1401, I totally agree with you. It makes me very nervous to serve my DD the ice cream that's run first, because it seems likely to pick up a peanut bit that was missed by the cleaning process. How sure can they be that they got everything out of the machines? Isn't ice cream one of those things most likely to pick up traces in a machine, kind of like chocolate? I'm finding the same manufacturing processes in all the ice cream manufacturers I've looked into, and I'm not sure we should risk any with my DD's extreme sensitivity to traces. We don't have Chapman's here. Are there any other ice cream companies that have dedicated lines?

On Apr 26, 2006

someone said you can still find the philly swirl fudge pops at cosco?? can your child eat ice cream made by j&j snack foods?? my son eats the root beer float cups, they are half root beer water ice and half ice cream.

On Apr 26, 2006

My understanding of Breyer's seems different than everyone else's, perhaps I should call again. The way I understood it is that there is not necessarily a set "order", however, if nuts are used, the cleaning process is the same (that triple wash thing) so we use any Breyer's that reads safe for us (no nuts,no soy), so far we have had no problems. We use vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, dulce de leche (if we feel ds's behavior can handle corn syrup [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) as well as the neopolitan and checkerboard choc and vanilla. Even if there is an "order" it would seem to be just as much risk buying vanilla as buying anything else. I guess my comfort zone would change if we had a reaction, however I do remember before we saw an allergist, Breyer's was the ONLY ice cream that did not give ds a rash. So in that respect we've had good luck with Breyer's for over four years. I think that says something for their cleaning.

On May 23, 2006

I am currently forcing myself to finish a carton of Breyer's "Homemade Vanilla". It has a horrible gummy gooey taste. (It has guar gum.) Think I'll stick to the regular vanilla.

On May 23, 2006

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Originally posted by Elisabeth: [b]I am currently forcing myself to finish a carton of Breyer's "Homemade Vanilla". It has a horrible gummy gooey taste. (It has guar gum.) Think I'll stick to the regular vanilla.[/b]

Too funny..I was just telling my sister how much I love the homemade version. I don't care for the vanilla bean one. I think it tastes too much like alcohol. (which I enjoy-just not in my ice cream bowl!!)

To each his own I guess.

Smiles, Jaime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

On May 24, 2006

Well, I don't just eat the vanilla "as is". I sprinkle on plenty of the REAL chocolate jimmies. These are the ones that are imported from the Netherlands, not the American ones, that taste like shellac. This is one of my few indulgences in the food department.

On Aug 5, 2006

reraising.

On Aug 13, 2006

We use Breyers natural vanilla and french vanilla frequently, but we branched out today with the strawberry...

he only had a couple of bites and looked fine - about 20 min later though he had some splotchy rash on his back and I gave him Benadryl, but husband said they were upstairs wrestling and he had his shirt off (and we were at my sister's who has cats - another allergy for PA son) so likely the small rash was either rug burn or from the cat hair... not hives at all - just enough redness for me to get out our handy dandy Benadryl...I honestly do NOT think it was a PA reaction at all, but thought I'd post to see if anyone else eats the strawberry Breyers??

So my question - I saw lots of people posting about eating vanilla and some regarding chocolate but not much about strawberry - anyone use Breyer's strawberry ice cream??

Andrea

On Aug 13, 2006

I make my own now, but before we always used Breyer's - mainly vanilla, but sometimes the vanilla/chocolate/strawberry combination. We never had a problem with Breyer's.

On Aug 14, 2006

We only eat Breyer's and have not had any problems. We have had strawberrry, vanilla, peach and orange sherbert/vanilla two scoop combo.

On Aug 15, 2006

I used to feed my son ice cream but have recently become worried about it. I have bought the Breyers plain vanilla but have not given it to him. We went to Bruesters and they said it was peanut free, well my son had a tiny reaction just a few splotchs on his face. Now I find that I am scared to give him the ice cream. I recently bought Hersheys b/c I did not know it was not the same as Hershey chocolate! Just confused!!! He is only two so I tell him the Philly Swirl is his ice cream.

On Aug 15, 2006

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Originally posted by josh'smom: [b] We went to Bruesters and they said it was peanut free, well my son had a tiny reaction just a few splotchs on his face. Now I find that I am scared to give him the ice cream. [/b]

What is Bruesters? If it's an ice cream parlor type place, are all of their flavors nut free? If not did they use a newly washed scoop in a newly opened tub?

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On Aug 15, 2006

Bruesters is an outside ice cream parlor. They do have peanut butter sauce and a few ice cream with peanut butter, but the one here does not put peanut products in the mixer when making the ice cream. They put the allergins in after it is made??? I think that is what they said. I just won't be going there til DS is older. All the scoops stay in the same ice cream. The manager told me that PA people get ice cream at the one near us all the time. DS didn't get hives just a few red blotches that went away. It could have been from the cold ice cream. They were very allergy aware there even the teenagers that work there. I was impressed by their knowledge, but will wait till he is older to go there again.

On Jan 22, 2007

I was reading thru this thread and I realized that this question had occured to me as well so I contacted Breyers and asked about order of flavors run. Here's the response....

January 22, 2007

Dear Ms. XXXXX,

There is no special order to the flavors we run. Samples and equipment are tested for any residue. Our allergy policy is in place for any product we produce no matter what brand name or type.

Thank you

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Originally posted by Nicole1401: [b]Let me begin by saying that the only ice cream we use is Breyer's Natural Vanilla because of what I've read here and what the company told me. I guess I probably use the same logic as other people here who like their cleaning process and that they run the non-allergens first. Here's what my brain doesn't get--If they run the vanilla first after the cleaning, then wouldn't whatever they run second (assuming it's chocolate or strawberry, and not the nut varieties yet) be safer. I mean if they did miss a peanut in the cleaning process then, in theory, it would cross-contaminate the first run more times than it would the subsequent runs. So wouldn't the ice cream flavor that they run immediately before the peanut varieties actually be the safest? Like I said, we use vanilla, but I still wonder.[/b]

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On Jan 22, 2007

ive been thinking about getting some chocolate breyers for my son.

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