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Posted on: Mon, 09/30/2002 - 10:29pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just finished a search on candy corn and as of 1999-2000, Brachs was highly cross-contaminated. The company admitted this in several phone calls, but refused to label properly because they weren't "required" to.
Has anyone called recently?

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 12:34am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Since some of us have seen warnings and others not, I just left a message and emailed them. becca

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 12:38am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

When I was in Target yesterday, I read the Brach's candy corn and it definetely had the warning of cross contamination. I wouldn't trust any of their candy now even if it didn't contain a warning! Not worth the risk.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 1:47am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Here in Los Angeles, the Brach`s candy corn all has a warning about may contain traces of peanuts (possibly tree nuts too, I can`t remember), but their mellowcremes Halloween candy does not. I called Brach`s about three weeks ago, actually about the mellowcremes, which I almost gave my daughter because when a company puts a may contain on one candy and not another, I would assume that the one without a may contain is on a dedicated line. They told me all their candy may contain traces of peanuts, even the ones that don`t have a may contain. All their candy corn is unsafe.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 4:45am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

With all of this talk about Blueberry Hill, I decided to locate them. I have never given my PA children candy corn and it would be nice to find some that are nut free, if not oh well, we can live without it.
Here is their contact info:
7-B Zane Grey, El Paso, Texas 79906
Telephone: (800) 451-8664 or (915) 779-8100
Fax: (915) 779-8181
I called them today and spoke with Lisa in customer service. She said their products are nut free and their facility does not use any nuts, however she cannot gaurantee that the raw materials are nut free (like sugar etc that they use). I guess this is going to come down to a comfort level thing.
I asked where to purchase this candy corn product in my area and she told me Walmart under Walmarts private label. I am not usually comfortable with private label items and not sure how I feel about this one. I plan to check the label out when I find this at Walmart.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 7:35am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Just clarifying for LAM that the reason I
started this thread was because I was consistently seeing cross contaimination warning labels on Brachs candy corn and related food items. Candy corn might not jump out to some people as unsafe for PA individuals so I wanted to reiterate the warning.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 8:29am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Sorry to have forgotten to double-check your initial post. I was keeping up on this thread, but I guess as it went along it evolved more into a "what is safe" than "why isn't this or that safe" and I just plain forgot the initial post. Nothing wrong with the 'evolution' mind you, I just lost track of it.
Sorry about that.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 5:00pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

I called blueberry hill yesterday. First the guy told me the same thing as SF but I asked for someone who might know more and a manager called me back. He told me that they make sure their suppliers products are also safe for pa and tna. He also told me that Kroger should have it, and Kmart, as well as a few others that I don't have near me (albertsons, acme). Our walmart gets there branded candy corn from someone else and it does have a 'may contain' warning on it.
I checked kroger and they didn't have it. They did say they will try to get me some of it though. I will check kmart too, but our kmart ad says "eagle caramels or candy corn" so I'm not sure if eagle is only the caramel brand or the candy corn brand as well. If it rains soon I'll be able to go find out (my hubby farms and is busy these days so he gets home late and I don't get to go out much).
I have spoken with brach's in the past and they were very snippy and snooty with me and telling me that they don't 'have' to label so there weren't any plans to. It sounds like now they label part of the time and don't label part of the time. Either way, that is one company that I will forever boycott just because they were rude. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 10:48am
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Joined: 03/06/2002 - 09:00

Hi-I live in the Los Angeles area - the Valley- and the Vons here had BOTH Blueberry Hill and Brachs. BOTH (and I do mean BOTH) had NO warnings on them. I have seen the Brachs with a warning on many occasions...so I feel I should steer clear of the Brachs (esp. since everyone complains about them!). But, the Blueberry Hill seems safe. The only problem I have is that if my 3 1/2 yr. old eats the "safe" ones, how will she understand or know that an "unsafe" one exists???

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 11:07am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Message on my machine today. Brachs is in the process of changing the labels to reflect the potential for cross contamination. All candy is on shared equipment and packaged on shared equipment. Very clearly stated that the risk is in more than one area of handling, essentially. That is why 2 labels, but all are unsafe. becca


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