Fish Sticks

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2002 - 11:10am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Who eats fish sticks?

It seems like it has taken forever but I finally located and received a response back from Mrs. Paul's...all their products, except their premium fish fillet, are produced where nut residue exists. The person (I didn't bother to remember her name as it appeared she wasn't very informative) said that she didn't know what nut--just that nut residue was there and if the allergy was severe, not to buy their product.

My son has eaten Mrs. Paul's for 2 years with no problems. However, when I saw their shrimp & peanut dishes, I started the search to locate them (Aurora is the distributor).

Now I have a big problem--he loves fish sticks! Where should I start looking? What do your kids eat?

Many thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2002 - 12:24pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My PA son has always eaten Gorton's fish sticks without a problem. I've never called the company because he was eating them long before his allergy was diagnosed, so I assume they're OK. I always make sure to read the label, as well.
Good luck!
Andre's Mom

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2002 - 1:02pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We are in the same situation as Andre's mom. We ate them before, and after the allergy. Gorton's. I have never called, because she has been fine, and had them so much before I ever found this site and thought to call. Same for Perdue chicken nuggets. Lives on them, nearly daily, and her allergy Rast has dropped dramatically. becca

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2002 - 10:18pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We have Mrs. Pauls all the time. No problems so far. We've also had Gortons.

Posted on: Sat, 10/12/2002 - 10:04am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Mrs. Paul's are the only ones we eat. When Ryan was 2 and 3, he survived on fish sticks. I called Mrs. Paul's and the rep did a thorough check and made recommendations on certain products, which included the fish sticks. I received a letter from her to check for the F code before the rest of the numbers on every package. She explained that the F meant it was produced in their facilities, but she couldn't vouch for other product codes because they were made in facilities not owned by Mrs. Paul's.
The last year and half, however, we haven't really eaten any. I think Ryan ate enough of them to last a lifetime. He never asks for them anymore.
Yet another response to cause confusion. Sorry...

Posted on: Sat, 10/12/2002 - 10:55pm
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom...I never could find a phone number. I finally located the web site for aurora foods and sent them an e-mail as no phone number was listed for Mrs. Paul's. A woman called me with the info. You probably don't have the phone number any more, eh?

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 6:52am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

My kids used to eat fish sticks from Whole Foods. I believe the company is Health is Wealth. They really have lost the taste for fish sticks and chicken nuggets so they haven't had them in quite a while.

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 7:18am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yep, I sure do have the letter. The letter is dated 6/14/00, and it is from Jan Ott/Consumer Affairs. The number (I presume it is a reference #) at the bottom of the letter below the enclosure notation is 0080619A. She sent me a letter to call her directly so there would be no confusion with what she had to say.
She was very nice and helpful.
The letterhead reads as follows:
Mrs. Paul's Kitchens
415 South 18th Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 241-0303
I just wanted to add that she never guaranteed 100% safety, but actually no company I have spoken with can make that guarantee. She explained to me that most of their products are produced in the plant with the "F" code. Other items such as the deviled crab and clams are produced in co-packer facilities with a code of "A" or "W". She couldn't comment on the safety of those products. She recommended the fish sticks as one of the safer products in their line, but of course to check every label, every time.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited October 13, 2002).]

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 9:41am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom...thank you so much. I'm going to call them tomorrow (or if they're closed, Tuesday) and find out what they say. My son (Zak, 4 years old) loves their fish sticks. He's never liked any other that I've tried. I didn't worry about them, as I said, until I saw the shrimp and peanut items appear. I'll post what I find out for those who might have similar concerns.

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 11:42pm
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom...the phone number is no longer in service...and I haven't been able to get back on their website [url=""][/url] to try to find another number, even if it isn't for Mrs. Paul's directly. I also looked at the unopened box I have and cannot find any code on it.

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 10:15am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The code is an imprint, usually on the short side of the box. You have to slant the box to see the imprint--it can be hard to see because it's not an ink print.
Try writing to the address and let me know what happens if you do.
After thinking about this again, try the 800 directory and see if Mrs. Paul's/Aurora Foods has an 800 #. If I remember (which I usually don't), I'll try myself after I make my calls.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited October 14, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 10:30pm
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom, I wrote to Mrs. Paul's at the address you provided--the letter was returned with a new address so I wrote to that one and finally, here's the info I received.
First the letter I sent:
My 4-year-old son has a severe peanut allergy and is required to stay away from
all tree nuts. In the past, he enjoyed Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks. However, I noticed
that Mrs. Paul's now has shrimp with peanuts. This concerns me.
Could you please advise if the fish sticks (or any product) are produced in a
totally peanut-free and/or nut-free facility? Or, if not in a totally peanut-free and/or nut-free facility, if the fish sticks (or any product) is produced on a dedicated peanut-free and/or nut-free line?
Thank you for your assistance.
This is the response I received, complete with type-os (as usual, not directly answering my questions):
Thank you for taking the time to contact us concerning ingredient information. We welcome all comments and inquiries and appreciate your interest in our products.
Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks and Fillets and the Mrs. Paul's Bowls are manufactured at a two different locations. Therefore, there is no possibility of cross contamination.
Thanks again for contacting us we always appreciate hearing from our consumers.
Jan Ott
Consumer Affairs
Mrs. Paul's
11432 Lackland Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
(314) 801-2300
Well, at least I have a new telephone number and will put them on my list of manufacturers to call!

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 5:41am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks Donni.
This thread was quite amusing to me, since I was cleaning out my freezer yesterday and pulled out an ANCIENT box of Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks. Like I said in a previous posting, Ryan ate enough to last a lifetime a while back. Perhaps another fish stick phase is not far off since no one has asked for them in quite a while. I'm glad you got a postive response and they still appear to be safe.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 7:29am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

I just called about the Van de Kamps fish sticks and was told that they are made in a plant in Erie, PA which is peanut and tree nut free.

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 6:27am
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

I called Gorton's today and I was told that all major allergens will be labeled if they are included. Also, she told me that they have a nut/peanut free facility so that I should consider the fish sticks safe.

Posted on: Sun, 03/20/2005 - 2:15am
lhua's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

I noticed that this thread has been very old. Has anyone called Gorton's recently? Any information on shared equipement with shell fish?

Posted on: Mon, 03/21/2005 - 9:02am
lhua's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

I called Gorton this morning. I was told they label cross contianmenion for the common allergen. Right now there is no products containing tree nuts/peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 03/21/2005 - 9:07am
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

FYI to those with sesame allergy: Van de Kamps contains sesame oil, as indicated on the ingredient statement

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