Crisco

Posted on: Fri, 03/30/2007 - 5:38am
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Crisco oil- I saw a thread that said Crisco wasn't safe, so I emailed and they sent me a letter by mail that they do not have any peanut or egg in their facility! YEA!
They also label for top 8 and label any possiblilty of cross-contamination.

Samber

Posted on: Mon, 12/17/2007 - 12:47pm
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Looks like they do...
[url="http://crisco.com/about/prod_info.asp?groupID=15&catId=61&FlavorId=519"]http://crisco.com/about/prod_info.asp?groupID=15&catId=61&FlavorId=519[/url]
The website is otherwise useless, doesn't give any idea of how this might affect other products. Glad I found out about this before I started my baking...

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 11:00am
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I just called them a few weeks ago and they did not mention this. They assured me their Crisco was safe.

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 4:04am
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There was a long discussion on another board about this. Many people called and were given the same info-that crisco is now packaging peanut oil on the same lines as their other oils and only the 16oz canola is safe. After our current bottle is gone I'm not buying crisco anything anymore.

Posted on: Thu, 12/20/2007 - 8:11am
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I e-mailed Crisco who is owned by Smucker and this the reply:
This letter is in reference to your recent contact with The J.M. Smucker Company. We appreciate the time you have taken to contact us and most certainly enjoy hearing from consumers who enjoy our products.
In response to your comments, The J.M. Smucker Company labels for the top 8 allergens. The best place to look is the ingredient statement as we do label for cross contamination. You can also melt the Crisco All Vegetable Shortening and use it in place of oil.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. If you should have further questions or need additional information, please visit our website at [url="http://www.crisco.com"]http://www.crisco.com[/url] or contact us at 800-766-7309, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST.
Sincerely,

Posted on: Thu, 12/20/2007 - 6:48pm
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I think the people at the other board called, but I don't know if any emailed. Every single person got the same consistent reply-that the canola is now on shared equipment with peanut oil (other than the 16 oz canola) and they will not label for cross contamination because they 'don't have to by law'. Also, I suspect they are like some other companies that only label for cross contamination if *they* feel it's necessary. IOW they might have shared lines but they do a cleaning that they feel is adequate. I can't post the link to the other board here but maybe you can find it doing a search on google or something.

Posted on: Fri, 12/21/2007 - 1:43am
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So Crisco oil is out for me... Does anyone know if their shortening is still safe?

Posted on: Fri, 12/21/2007 - 8:23am
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Is this just the bottling equipment that is shared, or the actual equipment that "makes" the oil?
If it is only the actual bottling line, then [i]technically,[/i] Crisco is correct that they don't have to do an allergen statement because peanut oil is NOT considered an allergen by the FDA (the proteins are supposedly cooked out of the oil in the heating process, yadda... yadda... yeah: I' don't buy it either...). If it is the actual processing equipment, then they are REALLY setting themselves up for a nice juicy lawsuit, for which I would love to have front-row seats.
Still, I think Crisco has a lot more to lose by NOT publishing an allergen warning than they do by trying to hide it: It sends a message that they don't respect food allergies or the intent of labeling laws.
The real issue here is actually the loophole created by the FDA's unsatisfactory definition of allergens, which allows caca like this to keep happening.
Either way, I'm personally not inclined to ever buy another Crisco product.

Posted on: Fri, 12/21/2007 - 3:59pm
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I believe they said they were packaged on shared lines. I can barely pour oil out of regular jug without dribbling a little of it down the side. I would guess that they can't be perfectly neat when packaging it at the plant either.

Posted on: Sun, 12/23/2007 - 12:35am
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sorry i was not able to post. i called a few days ago and the girl researched it. the lines are cleaned with oil and they test for the protein afterwards. i dont know what i am going to do. i know wesson and mazola are not safe. the 18 oz. is safe from what ive been told by crisco.

Posted on: Fri, 03/30/2007 - 8:15am
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they do make a peanut oil but in a different facility. i love crisco, its the only oil i used besides different brands of olive oil.

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