Chapmans ice cream

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 6:14am
Caterina2's picture
Joined: 02/14/2001 - 09:00

pI have always used Chapmans ice-cream and have info on their products which I got from their website a couple of years ago. The information that I have clearly states that their 2 litre ice-cream carton is made in a peanut/nut-free building and various other products are made on a dedicated line but there are peanuts elsewhere in the building. When I searched their website a couple of days ago, I was surprised to find that it had changed and they no longer manufacture products in a peanut-free building, only on peanut/nut-free lines. Because they do have an allergy aware program, these products are probably safe, but I feel more comfortable using products that are made in peanut free facilities. I contacted Dirk Raaphorst, Quality Assurance Technician (1-800-265-9110)to ask when the manufacturing of the 2 litre ice-cream had changed from a nut-free facility to a nut-free line. He said the facility has never been peanut/nut free. I was totally shocked since I have a copy of their website page right in front of me which clearly states that this product was made in a nut-free facility. He then mentioned that they are now testing their products which are made on dedicated lines for peanuts before the products go out to the stores. I am totally confused now. I wasn't even aware that manufactures had some sort of equipment to test their products for peanuts. I didn't even think to ask what kind of equipment they are using. Now I am wondering, if there is such equipment out there to test for peanuts, why other manufacturers aren't using it. I can't help thinking that perhaps they don't feel confident about their dedicated products and that's why they go the extra step to test them. Does anyone else have any current information on Chapmans./p

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 10:20am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

There is such equipment out there, and a lot of manufacturers do use it, but since they don't test every batch, I'm not sure how useful it is as an allergen control. It's more useful for quality control to ensure there is no comtamination of the products. I believe the test equipment is called the ELISA system.
I'm on my way out for the evening, but check out this link for more info on how manufacturers check batches for allergens using the ELISA test kit. It may contradict what I said above, I'm not sure!

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 12:06am
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Joined: 07/25/2001 - 09:00

just bumping it up

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 12:35am
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esmom, I think this is a great idea! As a Canadian who is able to buy Chapman's ice cream products, I continue to be thankful. It was wonderful this year when they came out with their "safe" version of the Drum Stick and we were able to try that.
I'm certainly willing to join in a writing campaign despite the fact that I'm Canadian. Here's hoping you get some fellow Americans on board.
And the great thing about Chapman's, despite it being "safe" (not all of their products - see the Chapman's threads under Manufacturers or visit their website for up-to-date information) is that they are really quite inexpensive.
Great thread! [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 2:58am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Maybe they should start shipping to Quebec first...

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 4:09am
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I just checked their web-site, and it seems they are available in Ontario, western Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces. Why are they skipping Quebec? And I forgot to check Nfld.
I definitely think it's a great idea for Americans to contact Chapman's to let them know they want to purchase this product - it's good and reasonably priced. Canadian's who can't get it should contact them too.
(Edited out web address, didn't realize it was already in this thread.)
[This message has been edited by AnnaMarie (edited October 28, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 6:31am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Quebec *really* is a distinct society. It's not just small talk from separatists. Our laws are actually different from the rest of Canada, except for criminal law. We don't have Common Law here, we have Napoleonic Code. And the philosophy between the two is very different. This has lead to some laws being drastically different, and anything related to food, and even more so to milk and its products is really different. It makes it harder for companies out of Quebec to sell here. Go figure.

Posted on: Wed, 10/29/2003 - 8:45am
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Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

Chapman's IS available in Quebec. I buy some from the IGA in Ste-Doroth

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 7:21am
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

this is the reply i just got:
Thank you for taking the time to write and inquire if our Chapman's Ice
Cream products are available in the United States. Sorry, Chapman's Ice
Cream products are only sold in Canada. Thank you again for your interest
in our ice cream products.
Kindest regards,

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 9:10am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Always Avoid Anaphylaxis, I must say I didn't think much of the e-mail response you received at all. Perhaps David Chapman needs to receive e-mails from all over the place, just as Nestle Canada did, to realize that this could be a viable business opportunity for his company.
I know that they are located in Markdale, Ontario and I'm assuming that that is a fairly small place to be. They're probably not a really large company, but maybe if you check the website you could see how many people are employed, etc. It would be interesting to see how large the operation is.
However, even if he is a small operation, I think when he has been so great about putting peanut/nut free on his packages that are (remember all Chapman's products are not safe), he's really put himself out there as far as people wanting his product.
I think this is good for a Take Action campaign, IMHO, and as I stated above, I'm quite willing to write as well.
darthcleo, next time I'm speaking with my sister who lives in Montreal, I'll see if she knows anywhere that she can buy Chapman's ice cream (I don't know if she would ever have looked for the product ever).
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 9:52am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by arachide:
Chapman's IS available in Quebec. I buy some from the IGA in Ste-Doroth


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