Costco frozen yogurt.....BEWARE!!

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My sister and I were at the food court today eating a hot dog when I glanced at the boxes that they packed our items in. It was boxes for the frozen yogurt mix for their food court. In very bold lettering it stated that this product contains egg and dairy. Also manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts,tree nuts,eggs,soy, milk and wheat. So it is most definetely not safe! Which freaks me out because I would assume that a frozen yogurt mix would be safe for PA for the most part. And what is even scarier is that I bet the employees they have working there do not know this info and would say it was ok. (I didn't have a chance to ask, the line was so long!)

So be careful! Ask to read the box before you get their frozen yogurt, maybe other stores use a safe mix?

Have a safe and happy Christmas!

Shelley

On Dec 24, 2005

Wow, that is good to know. Costco is the only place my son and I get frozen yogurt! Not any more I guess. Thanks for the heads up. Peggy

On Dec 24, 2005

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Originally posted by sebastian: [b]. In very bold lettering it stated that this product contains egg and dairy. Also manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts,tree nuts,eggs,soy, milk and wheat.

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I just [b]hate[/b] that warning!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] What does it really mean? Does it mean that peanuts are used on an adjacent line? On another floor?

Today I went shopping and found that warning on two items where it's never appeared before. Is this becoming some widespread CYA label, or does it actually mean something?

For the sake of consistency in teaching my son to deal with his allergy, I feel I have to avoid all items with this label. But do I really? And how much more is this going to limit us?

OK, rant over. Have a wonderful holiday!

Amy

On Dec 27, 2005

That must be a new warning because I've checked the ingredients listings before. That's how I discovered that the vanilla yogurt has egg yolks but the chocolate does not. I would expect frozen yogurt to have dairy and even wheat but I was surprised at the egg in the vanilla (especially after I'd allowed egg-allergic DD to have it previously

On Dec 28, 2005

Sorry, it does NOT mean it is 'definitely not safe'.

It says its run on the same lines as peanuts... Doesnt mean they dont clean it after the peanut product is run.

if it said 'CONTAINS PEANUTS', then its NOT safe.

I agree with you, in principle, though, that its better to avoid it, just in CASE it contains it...

But if you bought 100 of them, and tested them all for peanuts would 100 of them contain peanuts? (shrugging shoulders).

I think its important to mention, to new folks just starting out on this PA journey, that you CAN eat ice cream (or yogurt) safely.

You can buy OODLES of them that do NOT contain peanuts in the supermarket for $1.99/half gallon (or whatever).

Ann (DW) is allergic to (and avoids) all nuts. She can eats PLENTY of ice cream -- Not JUST breyers vanilla... or chocolate.. or whatever...

Shes been doing it for 30+ yrs now.

COMFORT ZONE. It's important... for sanity.

Jason Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts) Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts) [url="http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin"]http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin[/url]

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On Dec 28, 2005

OK, today I go into work late today so I decided to email FAAN about this issue. I'll let you know what their response is.

Hmmmm... Maybe it's just a conspiracy to get us to spend more time on the phone with manufacturers trying to find out what it really means. Mwahahaha!

Amy

On Dec 28, 2005

Called them to ask what...?

If the product is 'safe' for your child?

Jason

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On Dec 28, 2005

Well I guess I should have stated that it is "definitely not safe for MY DD." Since my comfort zone does not allow her to eat anything with a may contain warning.

I was just shocked to see a warning on something I would have thought to have been absolutely safe for PA, KWIM?

Shelley

On Dec 28, 2005

Totally understand.

And you understood me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I'm on a few msg boards, and with the fatality in Canada, theres a LOT of new folks reading up.

People need to find their OWN comfy zone -- Whether it's 'breyers VANILLA' ONLY or something else...

Like I told Erik, same boat, just paddling [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Jason

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On Dec 28, 2005

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Originally posted by jtolpin: [b]Called them to ask what...?

If the product is 'safe' for your child?

Jason

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I call certain manufacturers when I'm not sure of their labeling or their practices. Once burned, twice shy as they say. And yes, we've been burned by products that were "supposed" to be safe. Ice cream, in fact.

I asked FAAN to address this extreme CYA labeling in terms of whether or not there is an industry standard, etc. I'd really like them to take it up with the manufacturers, to either put a stop to it if there's no need, or to be more specific as to its meaning.

With all the kids on this board (and mine is [b]not[/b] one of them, heaven knows!) who suffer from extreme anxiety, why should they have one more label to focus on if it's not necessary? KWIM?

Amy

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On Dec 29, 2005

i don't understand why everyone is so upset by the "CYA" labeling. it seems the majority of people here want more and more regulation for PA issues, whether it is food labeling, airlines, schools, restaurants. more government intervention/regulation inevitably leads to this. be careful what you wish for.

On Dec 29, 2005

I have no problem with [b]meaningful[/b] labeling; in fact I'm quite grateful for it, especially since I've been dealing with this long enough to know what it was like before (10 1/2 years). My beef is with labeling that is ambiguous or meaningless, which leads to people either totally disregarding it, or limiting themselves unnecessarily.

I'm also not asking the government to intervene, but rather for FAAN to use their influence to develop some kind of industry standard so we know what that statement means.

Amy

On Dec 29, 2005

the government has intervened -- we have labeling laws. and while i feel that labeling allergens in clear language (i.e. albumnim is egg; casein is dairy) is beneficial, beyond that i truly think it should be up to the individual to find out how the product is manufactured/processed and whether that meets within a comfort zone. we have labeling LAWS; companies are not afraid of being sued. can you really blame them. do a search on these boards with the word "lawsuit" or "lawyer" and see what you come up with.

On Dec 29, 2005

should say -- companies are NOW afraid; not NOT afraid.

On Dec 29, 2005

i dont consider anything ABSOLUTELY SAFE FOR PA. you cant just go by what it is, frozen yogurt, beans, tomatoe sauce, etc. this country makes so many things with nuts and oils and thats the problem. that is what people not dealing with PA dont understand. they dont realize that orange juice can be a problem.

On Dec 29, 2005

I don't think the purpose of the law was that every company should label may contain for all top allergens. I think that does need to be addressed. Going Nuts, what was FAAN's response?

Shoshana, I'm not going to argue the fact of whether or not it is up to the individual or not to find out how the product is manufactured. The problem is that most of us know that three of us could call a company and get three different answers. Obviously that is not every company but a good number of them.

If a company has good procedures in place they shouldn't have to worry about being sued.

I take it though, that you don't agree with the new labeling law?

On Dec 29, 2005

it's not that i don't agree with the law. clear labeling in plain language is a good thing. but if there is a law mandating it, then lawsuits will follow. it is an unfortunate series of, what seems to be, inevitable events in this country. because of everyone being "let's sue 'em" crazy, these companies are going to CTA (cover THEIR a**es) by labeling their products and overlabeling their products. does it stink that now we have mislabeling at the other extreme -- yes. i am not sure which is worse. i call and will still call on each and every food my daughter puts in her mouth so my life hasn't changed at all because of the new law. i'm not a fan of government intervention. i will say that. it always seems to lead to this type of chaos. not sure if i answered your question. this is just a soapbox issue for the liberatarian in me... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 29, 2005

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Originally posted by momma2boys: [b]I don't think the purpose of the law was that every company should label may contain for all top allergens. I think that does need to be addressed. Going Nuts, what was FAAN's response?

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No response yet. They usually respond very quickly; I imagine that things are moving slowly this week due to the holidays. I'm sure they'll respond next week. I'll definitely keep you posted.

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On Dec 29, 2005

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Originally posted by shoshana18: [b] i call and will still call on each and every food my daughter puts in her mouth so my life hasn't changed at all because of the new law.

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I'm assuming that your DD is young.

I still make a lot of calls as well, but I'm concerned with my son moving out into the world and having to make decisions himself. Can you honestly imagine an adolescent boy calling before eating? Nope, me either.

What I can imagine is a kid who is prone to anxiety getting so freaked out over all the labeling that they just stop eating, as we've read about on these boards. The other scenario I can imagine is someone more like my son (who inherited my MIL's "What, me worry?" gene [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]: ) who, while generally responsible, will eventually say, "What the heck does this mean, anyway? There's nothing safe to eat. I'm just ignoring it."

That's [b]my[/b] soapbox. I just want to be able to know, from reading a label, where I stand. I'm not going to be able to make these phone calls for him forever.

BTW, as for lawsuits, I hear you on that. But I do remember many years back a young man at college ate chocolate chip cookies with no "may contain" warning from a vending machine . They were in fact X-contaminated with peanuts, and he died. His parents tried to sue the company and lost. Personally, I think that suit was justifiable, and they should have won. Just my $.02.

Amy

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On Dec 30, 2005

actually, i CAN imagine continuing to call on the foods my daughter eats and teaching her to do that as well, into adolescence and adulthood, considering the dire consequences of this allergy. and i absolutely disagree that this will make her a paranoid and anxious person. i hope in the coming years to convey the seriousness and sometimes complexity of this allergy in the right light to avoid anxiety, but also teach her how to keep herself well-informed and healthy. we see a good percentage of the peanut-related deaths in the teen age group. all teens have a natural tendency to think they are invincable. for our PA teens, it is a particularly challenging time. all the more reason to make sure they are educated and know that there are boundaries in their world. i do not think that is a bad thing, nor do i think it will cause a paranoid child.

On Dec 30, 2005

My son is heartbroken to hear about Costco frozen yogurt BUT he said "mom we have been eating it for so long now, I'm not stopping." We have it maybe twice a year.

That is a young adult (21) making a potentially dangerous decision BUT he has his epi pen and cell phone and I KNOW he'll use them when he needs to.

He HAS to know and trust in his epi pen and his judgement to get him thru a reaction or he might as well never eat.

He has known since age 5 he could die from a peanut reaction and he is careful, he is angry at the whole process but he is NOT paranoid or overly anxious.

I know he feels like a "two in a room full of ones" (His own words) but he manages and all of those around him know his story and are supportive.

His two big reactions were at 14 and 15 and boy oh boy does he remember them. I think once you get that "feeling of doom" that goes along with anaphylaxis you'll do anyting to not get that feeling again.

He reads labels, calls manufacturers, follows every rule and does well. Again, he hates it but also wants to enjoy his life so he goes along with it. I know he'd rather I call the manufacturer but that's his job now. There are not that many calls but he will do it. He knows I'll hound him if he does not.

Peg

On Dec 30, 2005

Its one of the few we used to eat too, but I got the willies in general because it was tough to ask about it. I figured it had egg in it, and dd chose not to eat it the last time we tried it. It was one of those things we had before allergies, so got rarely still. So, we really have not had it in ages, but it was one we used to get.

We lost the Stoneyfield frozen yougurt at our farmstand too. Just stopped selling it. It was so good tasting and self serve and always just vanilla and strawberry. Bummer. But if you find it anywhere near you, it is very good. Look for it, even. Maybe call them! becca

On Dec 31, 2005

Wow. Thanks for the warning. We have had that in the past many times. Not anymore.

On Jan 3, 2006

I read the labels at Costco and thought they were safe, the ingredients were, I don't remember seeing a may contain or manufactured in label. This is crazy. Itwas one of the places were letting him eat "ice cream". Therese

On Aug 5, 2006

what was the general consensus again? (just got my Costco card.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img])

On Aug 5, 2006

I almost never call manufacturers. I just read labels. I find I can trust most labelling (I am in Canada).

I stick to national brands rather than small independent brands, as the national brands seem to label very well.

In addition, there are numerous manufacturers (Dare cookies & candy, Chapmans ice cream, Stoney Creek ice cream, Nestle chocolate, Mars bars, Quaker granola bars, etc) that have "peanut-free" logos on the products, which also helps.

I have no anxiety.. after 35+ years, managing PA is no problem [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] As the years fly by, I am sure most people here will find PA much easier to manage as well.

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On Aug 5, 2006

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Originally posted by erik: [b]I almost never call manufacturers. I just read labels. I find I can trust most labelling (I am in Canada).

I stick to national brands rather than small independent brands, as the national brands seem to label very well.

In addition, there are numerous manufacturers (Dare cookies & candy, Chapmans ice cream, Stoney Creek ice cream, Nestle chocolate, Mars bars, Quaker granola bars, etc) that have "peanut-free" logos on the products, which also helps.

I have no anxiety.. after 35+ years, managing PA is no problem [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] As the years fly by, I am sure most people here will find PA much easier to manage as well.

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[i]your jedi mind tricks have no effect on me.[/i]

On Aug 5, 2006

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Originally posted by MommaBear: [b] [i]your jedi mind tricks have no effect on me.[/i][/b]

where's Obi Wan? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

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On Aug 6, 2006

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Originally posted by erik: [b]I almost never call manufacturers. I just read labels. I find I can trust most labelling (I am in Canada).

I stick to national brands rather than small independent brands, as the national brands seem to label very well.

In addition, there are numerous manufacturers (Dare cookies & candy, Chapmans ice cream, Stoney Creek ice cream, Nestle chocolate, Mars bars, Quaker granola bars, etc) that have "peanut-free" logos on the products, which also helps.

I have no anxiety.. after 35+ years, managing PA is no problem [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] As the years fly by, I am sure most people here will find PA much easier to manage as well.

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ditto Obi-Wan [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(though sometimes on really questionable items or chocolate I will call...)

Adrienne

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Aug 6, 2006

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Originally posted by ajgauthier: [b](though sometimes on really questionable items or chocolate I will call...) [/b]

me too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] or if I have a specific question

(I remeber calling M&M/Mars to see if Bounty bars were safe.. the answer: yes)

On Aug 7, 2006

Oooh! So funny MB that I see here you just got a Costco card! I was going to suggest(in the other thread) that you get the costco batch of glue sticks, LOL! We have a lifetime supply from one purchase. But it was a mix of skinny and fat ones. Sorry to go OT here! becca

On Aug 8, 2006

we just joined costco. they had a great deal on a video camera. cant wait to get some bulk items.

On Aug 8, 2006

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Originally posted by becca: [b]Oooh! So funny MB that I see here you just got a Costco card! I was going to suggest(in the other thread) that you get the costco batch of glue sticks, LOL! We have a lifetime supply from one purchase. But it was a mix of skinny and fat ones. Sorry to go OT here! becca[/b]

quivering in excitement!! the nearest Costco to me is quite a drive and down Interstate 355. ack. But my husband is frequently near there. I'm waiting for *our* Costo to have it's Grand Opening. JOY!!

GOODBYE SAM'S CLUB!!!

On Aug 9, 2006

I am confused is it safe or not? I haven't even considered it for my son, but will definetly check it out. I thought I was told it was ok.

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