Chocolate Chips

Posted on: Mon, 05/28/2001 - 2:51pm
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pJust earlier today, I became worried about using Hershey's chocolate chips in a cake I was making. Peanuts were not included among the ingredients but I was still worried because the ingredient label indicated that the product had "natural and artificial flavors." I remember having read some other poster's message with regard to the use of "natural artificial" flavors containing peanut oil at Burger King so I decided to call and confirm specifics with Hersheys. Thankfully, despite the holiday, I got a prompt response from one of their representatives. Apparently, each batch of chocolate chips made at their plants is screened/tested for allergens. The results of these tests determine how the ingredient label is written. Therefore, just because your child has had bags of chocolate chips without peanut traces listed, doesn't necessarily mean that all future batches will not contain them. The advice the representative gave me was to read labels every time we buy, even when we buy items we've had dozens of times before./p
pThis may all be old news but personally, I was surprised by it myself. Just when I thought I could quit worrying so much, another insecurity pops up./p

Posted on: Mon, 05/28/2001 - 3:25pm
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I think with all products, it is a good idea to read the label every time you buy it!

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2001 - 5:45am
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So they said that if a batch suddenly showed up as containing an allergen it, in fact, would be listed on their ingredient list?
To be clearer, the suspect allergen batch would only get the ingredient label changed to may contain? And the next batch wouldn't even though the next batch followed the "may contain" batch?
Does this make sense?
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Posted on: Wed, 06/06/2001 - 1:25am
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Hello e-mom,
What I understood from speaking to the representative, was that individual batches are tested for allergens. The outcome of these tests, would determine how the packages our labeled. I hope this answers your question.
Patricia

Posted on: Wed, 06/06/2001 - 2:20am
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Hello e-mom,
What I understood from speaking to the representative, was that individual batches are tested for allergens. The outcome of these tests, would determine how the packages our labeled. I hope this answers your question.
Patricia

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2001 - 1:17pm
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It was Herseys Peanut Butter Chips that alerted me to my daughters allery.......the way I see it...........if all the chips are made in the same place DON'T trust them.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2001 - 11:23pm
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The response I got from Hershey on their chocolate chips was that they can be made in different locations (I took this to mean manufacturing facilities), so the consumer must check every time.

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 4:57am
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Sorry, I had to delete this as I copied it from POFAK and I am not suppose to do this.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 5:10am
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I've never seen "coconut butter" in either my grocery store or the local whole foods store. Where can you buy this?
Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 5:27am
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Hi Debbie,
Most likely any Health Food Store.
Omega Nutrition
[url="http://www.omeganutrition.com/products/coconutbutter.htm"]http://www.omeganutrition.com/products/coconutbutter.htm[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 03/27/2002 - 6:13am
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Thanks for the replies. We ended up making the FAAN Hershey's dark chocolate bark recipe (the last on on the recipe list on their website). After freezing a big baking pan of it, the kids had lots of fun smashing it into chips with a ballpeen hammer. (In a plastic bag, of course!) We'll see how the cookies turn out.

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