Breyer\'s ice cream

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 4:34am
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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!

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 4:38am
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 5:09am
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Drew has had Breyer's vanilla ice cream many, many times without problems.
Quote:[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". [/b]
Me too!

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 6:19am
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 6:53am
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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?

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 7:26am
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It is the only kind of store-bought we use.

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 8:08am
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 9:33am
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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?

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 9:41am
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We use Breyers vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla fudge swirl. No problems for us.
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Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 9:59am
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"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?

Posted on: Sat, 03/18/2006 - 12:00pm
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We use Vanilla Breyers all the time without incident.
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