Brigham\'s Ice Cream

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 6:49am
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Just noticed they added to their ingredients listing a generic warning that their (vanilla) ice cream is made in a facility that has products withall variety's of nuts.

Instead of assuring that their lines are peanut free - they took the legal easy way out. Lost this customer.

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 8:24am
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Quote:Originally posted by 3nicks:
[b]Just noticed they added to their ingredients listing a generic warning that their (vanilla) ice cream is made in a facility that has products withall variety's of nuts.
Instead of assuring that their lines are peanut free - they took the legal easy way out.[/b]
I don't understand why this has made you suddenly stop buying their ice cream. They've never had a nut-free production line or a nut-free facility. Nothing has changed except that they've explicitly told you the situation right there on the packaging instead of making you call to discover the answer. They're just like every other American ice cream manufacturer (I'm not counting PhillySwirl or other Italian ice-type products as "ice cream") -- they use shared equipment. No better and no worse than before they printed the warning. I've never been impressed with either Brigham's or Friendly's allergen handling procedures, so I've not bought their product in years, since my son became peanut-allergic. But since you were comfortable with the situation before seeing the new label, why aren't you comfortable with it now, when nothing has changed as far as the actual ice cream goes?
--Debbie

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 8:48am
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good god! don't you want them to let us know that they make the product in a facility with nuts. there are some of us who are only comfortable with nut-free facilities.
it seems to me that some of the people on these boards will never be happy with ANYTHING that corporations do.

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:05am
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Quote:Originally posted by shoshana18:
[b]good god! don't you want them to let us know that they make the product in a facility with nuts. there are some of us who are only comfortable with nut-free facilities.
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wouldn't ya know it, I was looking for additional cupcake "sprinkles" at the store today, and read the sprinkle labels I've been reading for years. I picked one I never bought before because....because...........oh, it just didn't look [i]safe[/i]. Well, I read it, probably read it last year too, and lo and behold, there was a "Manufactured on the same equipment that manufactures peanuts and nuts". No warnings on the other sprinkles by the same company.
Let me tell you I completely understand how you feel. I was ready to take the plunge, and whoops! here pops up this warning. (not sure if it's related to falcpa, and I could be wrong, but as I understand it, falcpa does not require "advisory" warnings/labelling I didn't buy it. (I will reraise that thread on "advisory" things) I mean, I believe them. It's not something I would give my pa/treenut child. Knock wood, we've never had trouble with the other sprinkles, (and there could always be a first time), but I had to wonder if this particular sprinkle was something that was "outsourced" to another company. KWIM? it wasn't the typical sprinkle. But yes, I completely understand.
I'm not offering advice, just speaking personally.

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:14am
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hope these sprinkles werent cake mate or betty crocker!!

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:37am
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Quote:Originally posted by tidina:
[b]hope these sprinkles werent cake mate or betty crocker!![/b]
[b]SHREIK[/b], [i]gasp!!![/i], <>
Hey, remember, I'm the bad mommy, ok?
It's not like my child opens doors with handkerchiefs either. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I don't know what was grown in the field *before* some of the things my family consumes. What was shipped on the truck. What the livestock eats. KWIM?
I'm not saying *what* brand I use. There's probably *someone* who has a beef with it for whatever reason. I just know what works for my family. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Personally? When I employ label reading, occasional calls to manufacturers *I like* (for whatever reason) I have no reason other than to trust, and [i]sprinkle[/i] some educated/aware intuition, I'm probably more afraid of what I bring home to my children on my uniform. And I ain't talking peanuts or nuts. OR lentils.
I'm probably more afraid of intersections. Learners permits, and head injuries. E-coli in my ground beef. Salmonella in my eggs and chicken. KWIM? Maybe it's just me. But like I said, I have my limits on what it takes to turn me off to a product. And right now, I now what has been "working" for my family. Hey, it's no guarantee, it's could change. And you know, it's not like I would think we did it wrong either. KWIM? It's not like I think we're playing "Russian Roulette". No more than when I get into a car. What I'm using right now, I mean, I have no reason to believe it's not "ok" to use [i]for my family[/i].
And you might not believe who makes what for who in the industry business.
edit to add: "I like (for whatever reason)"
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. I'm a slug mother. I don't make my own sprinkles. Or cake batter, or frosting (usually) for that matter. Individual Mileage May Vary. Life can be that way.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited February 04, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 10:21am
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My kids bathe in Betty Crocker sprinkles. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sprinkles Rock!!

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:09pm
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We don't eat anything that was made in a factory that has nuts, my daughter has reacted to that sort of stuff many times. Just not willing to take that chance any more. But to each their own, there are, as we all know, various degrees of reactions. I'm PA but my reactions are very mild (so far) so if it were just me, "maybe" I'd try some of that "in the same factory" food. But my daughter reacts to it so its a no-no in our home.
Susan

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:58pm
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Quote:Originally posted by e-mom:
[b]My kids bathe in Betty Crocker sprinkles. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
LOL! That mental image made my day!
--Debbie

Posted on: Sun, 02/05/2006 - 6:44am
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On the contary - I ook for businesses that deal with the issue head on - that is the lines used to make peanut free products are safe and the employ a pro-active proces to clean, qc and ensure that safety.
If I want live to be peanut free I would be in a bubbble. The change to the label was a corpoate cop out and not a concern for your labeling well being. There are those do and we use them - and you if you check the posting you wil see I, and other highlight comapnies that do.
Quote:Originally posted by shoshana18:
[b]good god! don't you want them to let us know that they make the product in a facility with nuts. there are some of us who are only comfortable with nut-free facilities.
it seems to me that some of the people on these boards will never be happy with ANYTHING that corporations do. [/b]

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 8:24am
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Quote:Originally posted by 3nicks:
[b]Just noticed they added to their ingredients listing a generic warning that their (vanilla) ice cream is made in a facility that has products withall variety's of nuts.
Instead of assuring that their lines are peanut free - they took the legal easy way out.[/b]
I don't understand why this has made you suddenly stop buying their ice cream. They've never had a nut-free production line or a nut-free facility. Nothing has changed except that they've explicitly told you the situation right there on the packaging instead of making you call to discover the answer. They're just like every other American ice cream manufacturer (I'm not counting PhillySwirl or other Italian ice-type products as "ice cream") -- they use shared equipment. No better and no worse than before they printed the warning. I've never been impressed with either Brigham's or Friendly's allergen handling procedures, so I've not bought their product in years, since my son became peanut-allergic. But since you were comfortable with the situation before seeing the new label, why aren't you comfortable with it now, when nothing has changed as far as the actual ice cream goes?
--Debbie

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