Do You Buy \"May Contains\" If You Consider the Labeling CYA?

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2006 - 12:16pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

This question, as most of mine, stems from another thread running to-day.

Do you buy "may contains" if you consider that the labeling is CYA?

I'm not sure, and I don't mind being corrected, but I think I might have been dealing with CYA labeling for a long time in Canada and didn't realize it until I read about products here that our American friends were able to eat no problem (still understanding that they might be made in different facilities). What I'm trying to say is that our labeling, although getting more and more comprehensive every day, hasn't changed a whole heckuva lot since I've been dealing with PA, whereas with my American friends, I know that a LOT of things changed this year with the new labeling law.

Do I buy "may contains" if I consider the labeling CYA?

The only example I have is that one of the deli chicken and yes, I do buy that. Otherwise, truth be told, I haven't checked with enough manufacturers to know if the labeling is what I would consider CYA.

Bottom line, for me personally only, is I just can't be bothered explaining (even though my children are getting older) why some "may contains" are okay and other's aren't so I don't bother except with the deli chicken and even that I haven't purchased, for another reason, since February month. [img][/img]

I was also thinking about this tonight when I saw an ad for Breyer's ice cream and how we *could* probably buy the vanilla one.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]

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Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2006 - 1:04pm
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

No, because I just wouldn't know from one time to the next whether or not it was justified. Also, in teaching kids how to manage the allergy themselves, I think it's important to be consistent.
But man, do I hate that CYA labeling! I really resent placing more restrictions than necessary on our diets.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 3:36am
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Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 4:31am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Do we know for a fact that is IS CYA labelling? Have we specifically been told people label for the purpose of CYA?
I wonder if that is an assumption we made here on this board or is it a real situation?
That being asked, I do not buy anything that says "may contain" or "Processed in"
My son does not eat may contains and I try to keep them out of the house. DH does not read labels so I often give things away that he has brought into the house, he hates that but still does not read labels.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 11:12am
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Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

We do not buy any may contain or processed/manufactured in.
When I see things like wrapped tootsie rolls in a seperate baggie with a warning for every allergy including fish, I think its cya
We do buy if it has a may contain/processed for tn only.
If the bakery specifies only tree nut contamination we do some cakes.
(i have braced myself for that comment, go ahead give, it to me)

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 11:40am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

nope. Never felt the need. I just walk on by....

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 12:52am
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Peg541, you raise a very interesting question (to which I had already posted yesterday but lost my post in cyberspace) - how do we decide when it's CYA labeling.
I feel like placing the link to the deli chicken story in here so it's explained why I feel like it's CYA labeling. And the thing is, I only consider it CYA labeling from *my* supermarket that I have thoroughly checked out with regard to the chicken. If I saw the same label on a deli chicken in another market, I would have to ask quite a few questions before I determined that it was. But I definitely know that with that one thing only it is CYA. And I think what ticks me off is that when they hack the chickens into individual pieces to sell for their deli lunches/dinners, there is no warning label going on the bag of say the chicken breast, etc. Just if you buy the whole chicken. So, where's the sense in that.
I've noticed also in the last few months that an "allergy alert" has been placed on the weigh scale at the deli and again, just for that supermarket only, I know it's just there - the deli meat is PA safe.
Now, do you want to raise that great ? or may I have the honour? [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 3:24am
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Joined: 11/03/2004 - 09:00

There are a couple of things that i have seen in supermarkets than i would bet my life on was CYA...however, i still do not buy them.
I still wouldn't be comfortable buying the products. I mean...where do you draw the line? I stick with my original plan and only buy things with no nut warning/or when i have called the manufacturers.
If it was myself that had the allergy then maybe i would chance it, but since it is my son i have to teach him to adhere to the warnings.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 3:25am
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Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

If it has a warning, i do not buy it. End of story. This is due to the fact that my son reads every label and I've worked really hard to teach him good habits so he will be safe. I do not want him to start taking the labeling less seriously.
Also, how do you know that there isn't true cross contamination?

Posted on: Tue, 08/01/2006 - 11:49pm
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Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

you know, I just don't buy may contains or same equip, even if I think it's CYA. I don't have that much time to call manufacturers...and check to see if it's really CYA. your deli chicken csc...if my deli did that, then I would ask the manager, etc. and if it was CYA, I'd buy it b/c I checked it out personally.
With manufactured foods (which are mostly junky sugar food anyway!), I just put the box back and then forget about it. I same way there is a reason they labeled, CYA or not. If I happened to eat said product and have a reaction, I'd have no leg to stand on to sue (or something, depending on the medical bills and how it affected my work)
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2006 - 6:21am
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Joined: 05/30/2006 - 09:00

No may contains or shared equipment. I do buy products that are produced in the same plant and proceed with caution (for example- many people have mentioned Annie's in previous postings) I gave my son Annie's goldfish crackers and mac and cheese before we found out about his allergies and he never had a reaction. I feel comfortable if it's a food that he's had before without incident. But having said that I read the label every single time, even if I've bought it a hundred times before.
With new foods if there is an ingredient that I don't know what it is I don't buy it even if the label doesn't have a warning.



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