Experience at Chick-fil-A

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 6:26am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

I just had an experience I never want to repeat. We didnt have much food around here and I wanted to get the kids out before nap and had to go to the bank anyway so I thought I would take them to the new Chick-fil-a down the street with a playland thing. I get there and order my 2 year olds meal (non FA) and as I am looking at the menu see in great big letters that basically all their food is cooked in %100 peanut oil. I just froze and paid anyway! I am not very quick sometimes. Anyway as am walking to find a seat holding my 15 month old who is suspected of PA and MA I start feel kind of greasy and imagine oil everywhere. My two year old sees the playground and runs for it and I throw basically all the food in the trash... He doesnt even notice. Oh course the playground is covered with the stuff also but atleast there is no food allowed in there and my baby doesnt really leave my side so let him play a few minutes. Then some unsupervised kids come in with ICECREAM. My son has never reacted to peanuts on contact that I know of but he has milk products. Needless to say I left carrying a one year old and dragging a screaming 2 year old. I drove home with one eye on my baby and kicking myself because my cell phone doesnt even work. He is fine as of right now..I am keeping a close eye on him. I feel really stupid to have put him in that kind of situation.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 6:42am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

I have always heard that Chick-Fil-A uses peanut oil!
This company needs to get with the program!! Peanut oil residue is sure to be everywhere in their establishments on tables, doorknobs, bathrooms etc...be careful!!
Please always check before you decide to eat somewhere new.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 7:08am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I know exactly how you felt, lalow. We went to a Fuddruckers with friends when my daughter was about 3. You order at the counter before sitting down, and I checked that the fries weren't fried in peanut oil, and felt OK. Then we were about to sit down and one of the other fathers brought two big buckets of peanuts to the table. I realized that the entire restaurant was covered in peanuts, and I grabbed DD and her baby sister and ran out the door, then cried and shook all the way home.
That's why we basically never eat out. There are so many variables to worry about. If you have time next time before going to a new restaurant, you can search these boards and see if anyone has had experience with them. I know there have been a lot of posts about Chick-Fil-A here.
Hope you're feeling better now!
[This message has been edited by Kim M (edited April 26, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 8:11am
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Joined: 07/27/2003 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by deegann (edited August 26, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2004 - 12:39am
LilMansMom's picture
Joined: 03/14/2002 - 09:00

Please don't feel stupid about this. It was a mistake that once realized caught you off guard. That's all. There are many of us here who have dealt with PA longer than you have that have been faced with tough situations and maybe made the wrong decision. But, look to it for any positives you can gain. It is an experience you can use for future reference. But, again, please don't feel stupid. This is a tough thing to understand, comprehend and live with. It is a day-by-day experience.
Little Man's Momma
a*k*a Kendra

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2004 - 12:52am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Happens to all of us...
And like the PP's said.. Most PA folks avoid the chick-fil-a's (we dont have many in Mass, but DW would avoid it for her anyways, since shes anaph to peanuts).
My parents went there, with free coupons, and said it was ok. (ok = tasted good, not safe.. just good)
I wouldnt go there specifically for it, unless I had free coupons either.. And it'd be at work where I eat it... But theres no chick-fil-a near work... And I am not allowed to go out at lunch.. something about the chains on leg attached to my cubicle.
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 Outgrown Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Stopped Zantac - RAST neg to big 8

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2004 - 3:52am
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Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

I contacted Chick-Fil-A last year about their oil.They were adamant that they would not change their oil as it was "safe" oil. Not apologetic in the least. What a bummer!!

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 10:55pm
gumbodog's picture
Joined: 06/08/2004 - 09:00

My son has a PA and my allergist said that peanut oil in the US is fine. I took him to eat at Chik-Fil-A last night and he was just fine. I am confused a bit by the reaction to the peanut oil, is it just my son is not allergic to the proteins in the oil or all PA?

Posted on: Tue, 06/08/2004 - 5:58am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by gumbodog:
[b]My son has a PA and my allergist said that peanut oil in the US is fine. I took him to eat at Chik-Fil-A last night and he was just fine. I am confused a bit by the reaction to the peanut oil, is it just my son is not allergic to the proteins in the oil or all PA?
Could be any of the above...
Maybe hes not PA... Maybe hes not THAT sensitive to peanuts... Maybe you got lucky THIS time... Most of the time, avoid peanut oil. Avoid chick-fil-a, kwim? Like russian roullette...

Posted on: Tue, 06/08/2004 - 1:17pm
baycam's picture
Joined: 06/08/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by jtolpin:
[b] Could be any of the above...
Maybe hes not PA... Maybe hes not THAT sensitive to peanuts... Maybe you got lucky THIS time... Most of the time, avoid peanut oil. Avoid chick-fil-a, kwim? Like russian roullette...
That is the same reacction that I am going through w/my child who has tested positve for PA. I just found out that my care taker has been frying all of his foods in peanut oil, because she did nto believe anything would really happen to him. (and nothing every did), but the other day we went to the movies and he ate a bucket of popcorn and by the time we left the theater his eyes had bean to swell and within 2 hours his whole face was swollen. So, i gave him some Benidryl and it began to go away. By morning time his eyes were still swollen so i took him in to the dr. and he began to get a rash all over his body, but not hives. So, the ped. gave him a shot of cortizone and told me to keep him on benidryl for the next couple of days. By the time we got home his whole body was covered in welps that were warm to the touch and his feet had even began to swell. I called the ped. and he said to cont benidryl and bring him in in 2 days. So, now it has been 2 days and as soon as the benidryl wears off he begins to be covered in welps. So, i am totally confused so i will be bringing him to the ped in the a.m. Please let me know if anyone has ever seen anything like this before. I have also been told that u can eat PB 99 times and not have a reacction, and can eat it the 100th time and die from it??????

Posted on: Fri, 06/11/2004 - 11:59am
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I was told by an allergist that altho it was previously considered safe for PA folks to eat some kinds of peanut oil, there have been a number of folks reacting to it over recent years. So - was advised to avoid all peanut oil.


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