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Has anyone checked on the Necco Sweathearts conversation hearts recently? I checked a few years ago and some packages were made in a department with no nuts, and others were packaged on lines with nuts. I just realized I needed an update, and tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so I'm sure they'll be around school tomorrow.

On Feb 13, 2006

dont know about necco. i called brachs and never got a call back

On Feb 13, 2006

I called last year and was not comfortable with their response. I beleive they process nuts at their facility. I didn't bother calling this year.

On Feb 13, 2006

I emailed Necco about their conversation hearts a couple of days ago...here is their response...

Thank you for your interest in our candies. Conversation Hearts are all made on dedicated lines and do not contain any nuts or nut derivatives. We do however recommend that if your child has severe allergies that you do not allow him/her to have the small cellophane pouches as these are packaged in numerous areas of the facility. We take every precaution to insure that the lines are free of any allergenic materials but this particular packaging configuration is the riskiest. The best option is the 1 oz boxes that are available almost anywhere and the loosely packed candies in bags.

If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again/

Sincerely,

Theresa Denis Consumer Correspondent

Hope it helps...

------------------ Jill DD, 5, TNA DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

On Feb 14, 2006

I got the same response from Necco as well. I took a look at the cellophane packaged hearts that they told me weren't safe, NO WARNING on the package. Kinda ticked me off that they said to stay away from them but not place a warning. IMHO they are not compliant with the new labeling law.

Won't be buying their product anytime soon.

renny

On Feb 14, 2006

isnt the new law just for ingredients and not for may contains?? i dont like when they say buy this size but not that size. it should just say may contain if theres a possibility. i gave my son a couple stuffed animals and some heart straws and my hubby is giving him vermont nut free candies tonite. its harder when they are in school. my son had his banana muffin today while the other kids ate the snowman cookies that the teacher brought in. i think they were pillsbury which he can have but i didnt talk to teacher about it, she didnt mention it. plus i had told her that i dont like him having goods baked at peoples houses. i just dont trust them to have a clean, nut free area to bake in.

On Feb 14, 2006

The new law is to disclose ingredients...not line/plnat etc...info.

Some companies are now listing "may contain" or "made in a plant that.." but that is a choice.

On Feb 13, 2007

this is what I got today

Thank you for your interest in our candies. Conversation Hearts are all made on dedicated lines and do not contain any nuts or nut derivatives. We do however recommend that if your child has severe allergies that you do not allow him/her to have the small cellophane pouches as these are packaged in numerous areas of the facility. We take every precaution to insure that the lines are free of any allergenic materials but this particular packaging configuration is the riskiest. The best option is the 1 oz boxes that are available almost anywhere and the loosely packed candies in bags.

And these are our other Candies that do not contain Peanuts Or Tree Nuts.

Necco Wafers, Conversation Hearts, Canada Mints, Gummie Coins ( Cherry & Cinnamon ), Juju raisin, Candy Buttons,

And Stinky Feet ( Sour Apple & Cinnamon ).

Sincerely, Theresa Denis Consumer Correspondent

On Feb 13, 2007

i got my son the box and called on it. i will give them to him.

On Feb 14, 2007

I went to Necco's web site to find the cellophane pouches that the CSR was referring to but I do not see them. Can anyone tell me what they look like?

[url="http://www.necco.com/OurProducts/Products.asp?ProductSubCategoryID=1"]http://www.necco.com/OurProducts/Products.asp?ProductSubCategoryID=1[/url]

On Feb 16, 2007

My son received both the 1 oz box Necco said is safe and a small cellophane package from classmates. The small cellophone one contains 14 pieces of candy, is smaller than the 1 oz box, has "Necco Sweethearts" printed diagonally across and tiny red hearts all over, and has white spaces that say "To:" and "From:" on them for kids to write in.

------------------ Kim DS - age 4 - allergic to peanuts and eggs DS - age 2 - no known allergies

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