DARE Foods now has a nut-free/peanut-free facility

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:02am
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Great news!

DARE foods now has a nut-free/peanut-free cookie facility. Many of their cookies still say "may contain nuts/peanuts" as they are made in the facility with nuts/peanuts, but now they have a new nut-free/peanut-free facility. [*** edited to add that based on what Sarah posted below, it looks liek they are going totally nut-free/peanut-free***]

In the past, I could never buy Dare cookies as they all had nut warnings on them (I did eat them when I was younger as they did not have nut warnings on them in the 1980s).

I was reading labels as I walked through Shopper's Drug Mart today, and I saw the following labelling:

[b]"manufactured in a nut-free/peanut-free facility"[/b]

That is [b]great![/b]

I don't know how many of their cookies are made in the nut-free/peanut-free facility, but I did notice these two varieties were safe:

Dare Ultimate Fudge Chocolate
Dare Viva Puffs raspberry

So for those of you who have trouble finding safe cookies, it looks like there are a few safe varieties available from Dare Foods. I also saw them at my local Dominion / A&P store. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(p.s. Dare foods has always had a nut-free/peanut-free facility where they make candies, so most Dare candies (but not all as a few are made in a different facility and have warnings) are safe)

[This message has been edited by erik (edited April 15, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:13am
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Hi Erik
I live in Kitchener Waterloo and often pass a Dare factory on Highway 7/8. A couple of months ago, they put up a large banner announcing now peanut/nut free production. I emailed them at the time to confirm this, and have copied below the reply I received. I have purchased safe items of theirs in the past and will continue to do so. I think some of the part about outside suppliers is to cover themselves from lawsuit. I know there is some risk inherent in manufactured products, but at this point I'm not going to worry about someone Dare buys flour from having peanut residue on her or his hands.
Sarah
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you for contacting Dare Foods Consumer Service recently to inquire about the use of nut/peanut containing ingredients in our products. Just recently, all Dare bakeries and candy plants have been designated as peanut/nut free facilities. As a result, all packaging will be updated to include the statement,

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:33am
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Quote:Originally posted by hannah mom:
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you for contacting Dare Foods Consumer Service recently to inquire about the use of nut/peanut containing ingredients in our products. [b]Just recently, all Dare bakeries and candy plants have been designated as peanut/nut free facilities. As a result, all packaging will be updated to include the statement,

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:52am
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This just made my day, thanks for posting. I can't wait to check out their cookies and crackers.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:10am
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Is this Canadian only, or are their cookies from the nut-free facilities also available in the US?
Thanks,
Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:17am
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I don't think all their facilities can be going nut-free, unless they're dropping some of their products. For example, their website lists a "Harvest of the Rainforest" cookie with Brazil nuts and cashews. So now I'm totally confused.
On the plus side, though, once I saw their packaging on their website, I realized that we do have their cookies here in the US. So if they are safe...Yum!
--Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:32am
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Quote:Originally posted by DRobbins:
[b]I don't think all their facilities can be going nut-free, unless they're dropping some of their products. For example, their website lists a "Harvest of the Rainforest" cookie with Brazil nuts and cashews. So now I'm totally confused.[/b]
Hi Debbie,
Dare contracts out some of their manufacturing. For example, all of their candy facilities are nut-free/peanut-free... but their "wine gums' say 'may contain traces of nuts/peanuts' since they are not manufactured in the Dare facility (in the letter above, this is written as "[i]Dare purchases a limited number of products in packaged format from other manufacturers and these products are labeled,

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:40am
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erik, the Viva Puffs that we've been "safely" eating for several months now, are they the Dare ones? I'll have to see if I can find where I posted about them. Or were they called something else? I'll have to check.
Anyway, just simply fabulous news. I know that Dare have a great line of cookies that has always been off-limits to us.
Just wondering about those marshmallow and jam filled cookies covered in chocolate we did find within the last few months, along with Wagon Wheels that were safe. I'll have to check.
Didn't get a chance to read all of this thread, want to catch the new CSI and of course, Without a Trace, but I'll certainly e-mail Dare as well to thank them.
Gotta find that one thread. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:46am
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Thank heaven, I'm not certifiably (?) insane.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
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However, if you look at that thread (above), it was only two things at that time that were "safe" and there was still product out there that wasn't okay.
Very interesting stuff. Finally, an expansion to the safe cookies we can buy.
Quite frankly, I'd gotten so tired of buying Mr. Christie's Chips Ohoy and Oreos that I've started to make my own (from the Quaker mixes). It's just that we've been eating the same cookies for YEARS it seems (yes, everyone else has too).
I saw the Maple cookies come out from Mr. Christie's and I don't even know if I checked the label or not because they were my all-time favourite cookie and I thought, no, you don't want to buy them because you'll sit and eat the whole bag.
The only problematic thing with making your own cookies (if you can call it that when you buy a mix) is that if you're not "up" to doing it or don't have the time (like this week), then your house is cookie-less (I am sure there are worse things).
Great news, erik. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
What Shopper's Drug Mart can you be found wandering what would appear aimlessly in? The one in LuCliff Place or is there one along Bloor (oh, there was the one in the Bloor and Yonge shopping plaza underground)?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 11:05am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]What Shopper's Drug Mart can you be found wandering what would appear aimlessly in? The one in LuCliff Place or is there one along Bloor (oh, there was the one in the Bloor and Yonge shopping plaza underground)?[/b]
Usually, it is the one at Bloor & Yonge (sometimes LuCliff) but today it was the big Shopper's on Yonge St just north of Carlton [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Enjoy CSI & Without a Trace.. I'm going to watch them now too. New episodes.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 1:46pm
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erik, yes, I remember that Shopper's as well now that you posted about it. The second last place I worked in Toronto was at Sherbourne and Gerrard and I had many different ways, T.T.C. wise to get home (Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West).
A lot of times I would walk up from Gerrard to Carlton and catch the Carlton car over to Yonge and then walk up Yonge to run errands, usually ending up at the underground Bloor/Yonge Plaza. But I do remember going into that Shopper's. Oh, yes, and my family doctor (memories of the days one could get one [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) was just east of Yonge on the south side of Carlton so if I needed a 'script filled immediately rather than waiting to get home (where I also had a large Shopper's in Weston), I'd go to that Shopper's.
The CSI, it was okay. Without a Trace, of course, I was disappointed that I didn't see more of Mr. LaPaglia and even more disappointed when he had his hair cut at the end (I actually liked the way he looked earlier in the show), but understood why he had cut it for his Father, but I found it really quite sad. I kept thinking about Martin's Aunt and how she was only 53 and then adding up the years and that's 8 years from now for me, and okay, my children would be 16 and 14. It was very sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
However, I did like the character development that went on with Martin and Sam in particular and with Jack and his Father. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Now, back to talking new "safe" cookies.....
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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