Cinnamon and vanilla extract? - Peanut Allergy Information

Cinnamon and vanilla extract?

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Anyone found a safe brand for these or other spices? The threads aren't leading me anywhere. Thx

On Apr 22, 2003

I use McCormick. Unfortunately I can't find the email response I got from them, but here is the number- 1-800-632-5847. It has been a while since I contacted them. Please post the response you get. I remember them being very detailed with their response. I hope the response is the same.

Thanks for the info about the crackers by the way. I will look into it.

On Apr 22, 2003

I use Tone's spices. One of their plants is about 10 miles from me.

On Apr 23, 2003

I use McCormick's and Adams...have had no problems.

On Apr 23, 2003

I've been using Penzey's for years with no trouble. I have called but it's been years. I use them for all of my spices.


On Apr 23, 2003

I regularly use McCormick's. When I emailed them, the response I received seemed like it was from an extremely allergy-aware company.

On Apr 24, 2003

Spoke to a rep. today for McCormick spices and she said they use NO peanut or tree nuts at all in their plant so everything is safe. I asked her if she was positive about this and she said yes everything is safe.

On May 18, 2003

I should add that I have also called McCormicks in the past and was given the same information. When I pressed them about the almond extract, they informed me that pure almond extract is not made from almonds, but from the pit of some fruit-peach maybe? I can't remember but it wasn't an almond. This information was verified by another company that makes almond extract (can't remember who) that also told me the almond extract isn't made from almonds.


On May 19, 2003

we use McCormick's.

By pmasoncpa on May 1, 2015


As a bit of an update, I couldn't readily determine if the "Simply Organic" brand Vanilla Extract was safe for those w/ nut allergies or not. Long story short, it's not.

Here's their response:

"Frontier is not an allergen-free facility, thus we do not state that any of our products are allergen-free. Every product that directly contains an individual allergen or allergen(s) as part of a product formulation has the allergen(s) identified on the label. We are in compliance with the US Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 which states, “Manufacturers are NOT required to label their products with advisory statements, such as "may contain [allergen]" or "processed in a facility that also processes [allergen]?" We follow strict GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices) to minimize the potential for cross-contamination, but do not test for the presence of allergens in our final products. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions. Regards, Lauren Gunderson Product Information Specialist Frontier Co-op | Simply Organic | Aura Cacia"

By pmasoncpa on May 1, 2015

Hello again,

FWIW, On 4/30/15 I called up another company - Madecasse - and spoke to a "Mr. Pat". I asked if Vanilla Extract was safe for those with nut allergies (I specified peanuts and tree nuts). He stated that the Vanilla Extract product is NOT made in a facility that processes nuts. So this should be safe for those with nut allergies, and it's what I'll be using.



By amerikanegirl87 on May 30, 2015

we use the kirkland vanilla extract from costco all the time with no problem.

By pmasoncpa on May 30, 2015

Regarding Kirkland's, have you contacted them to confirm that it's manufactured on equipment that's not cross contaminated?

As we all know when it comes to allergies, context and confirmation are uber important. I'd be hesitant to suggest something is safe just based on my personal lack of an allergic reaction.