Bulk Peanuts In Grocery Stores

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 1:36pm
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Joined: 07/27/2000 - 09:00

Has anyone had any trouble with the bulk bins of peanuts in grocery stores? They are very scary to me and I always wonder about them--people eating peanuts in the store and leaving the shells hidden around in unexpected places. The smell is pretty strong. Just would like to hear your opinions about them.


Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 1:53pm
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I complained about this about a month or so ago. I hated going to WalMart where they had open bins of nuts. I know that my son can not stand the smell of peanuts and gets aggitated easily. They have them right near the produce too. I am sure people go and scoop nuts into bags and then go and handle their apples or whatever. Anyway, the other day I went WalMart and they just put them in covered bins. I was so excited that I put in a compliment to the cashier. I think she thought I was strange but I wanted to tell them that at least someone appreciated it.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 10:29pm
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Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

I've run into the same problem here in Ottawa at a local fruit and veggie store, I was overwhelmed by the strong smell of peanut eminating from the open bins. Thankfully my son was not with me at the time and he will not ever go into that store. I really should have said something at the time but I simply left the store instead. I think maybe I need to go back there and have a chat with the manager. Anyone know it there are any "Canadian laws" regarding this?? Cindy??
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 11:27pm
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Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

We did have a problem with open bins of peanuts in our local grocery stores (Giant grocery stores in the DC area, in case anyone cares). Almost a year ago our child had her first reaction serious enough to require the Epi. After much head scratching we finally figured out what must have caused the reaction. It was from peeling & eating a banana that was on a shelf on the store right next to the peanuts & then having a sticky marshmallow right after. I guess the peanut dust was on her hand & the marshmallow carried it to her mouth. I ended up speaking to the manager of our neighborhood store & then writing to the corporate headquarters explaining what happened & asking them to (at the very least) move the peanuts away from fruit that kids would be likely to eat. They have done that, first at our local store & then ultimately throughout the whole chain. I would have love to see them get rid of the peanuts or put them in closed containers (which they apparently experimented with but abandonned later) but I can live with them being near the bags of potatoes & onions -- both items I would wash before using anyway.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 11:43pm
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Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Check out the thread entitled Bread and Circus. The store that I shop at has those bulk bins. The guy in charge of the store told me that when I come in with my PA toddler, he should stay in the carriage at all times (hello, this guy clearly has never taken a squirmy toddler shopping). He also said that when we first enter the store, we should go straight to the Customer Service counter and tell them we're in the store and someone will go clean up the nut aisle right away so it will be clean by the time we get to it. I just don't take my toddler into that store with me. When I was there last week, some women were filling their bags with nuts and one woman dropped her bag, there were nuts everywhere and the women were laughing hystercially. There were store workers there cleaning up the nuts but I wanted to step in and say that's not funny and let me tell you why! I didn't though. I just walked away with my heart in my throat.

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