Flour - What should I do?

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 6:29am
jennk1's picture
Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

I have been using Bob's Red Mill whole wheat flour for a long time. My son has been eating stuff made with it without any problems. I just called them today and they said that they do package a trail mix with peanuts in the facility in very small volume. They do not share equipment. Unfortunately, he could not guarantee that the wheat flour is free from peanut contamination and they are gonig to change their labels to say "may contain trace amounts of peanuts/nuts" or something like that.

This is so frustrating! I really like the Bob's Red Mill products and am not sure if I should quit using them. I have a whole batch of pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pancakes in the freezer that I feed to my son - do I throw them out? It seems like such an unlikely situation that a peanut could contaminate the flour considering the set up they have.

Would you take the risk?


Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 9:50am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

You have used it for years and it has been safe. They use separate equipment. I would continue using it.
The way I look at it, if I start worrying about flour, rice, sugar, and other staple foods, my son will never be able to eat anywhere except in my house with my ingredients. He will never be able to eat a grilled cheese sandwich at a friend's house because we won't know what brand of flour went into the bread.
Nobody can guarantee the flour could never possibly be contaminated the same way nobody can guarantee you that you won't get e coli poisoning the next time you eat out. There are small risks in everything we do.
Personally, I think if I start worrying about the minute chance of cross contamination in flour, milk, and other non-peanut foods, the anxiety and worrying will never end. Since you have used this product safely, I see no reason to suddenly change.

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 3:55pm
jennk1's picture
Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

You have great perspective! Thanks for sharing your point of view.
I just read a post somewhere else about how you are more likely to get in a car accident and die than to die from PA. Somehow we all still manage to get into our cars and drive around! I also heard some news recently about how dangerous green onions are and that you can get food poisoning from them - I still manage to eat green onions!
So, although I would be taking a risk to feed Bob's Red Mill flour to my son, it would be a very small calculated risk... I am also taking subconcious calculated risks each time I put something in my mouth or walk out the door!
It would be interesting to me to see some statistics on the probability of dying from some other things - it would either help me calm down on the PA OR make me neurotic about the other stuff too. Hmmm
Once again, this board has been very helpful.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 4:25am
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I agree with Sandra to a point, however, is your child just PA or is there TNA involved. Bob's Redmill does make Almond meal and Hazlenut flour and that is why I have discontinued using them. However, I still use Arrowhead Mills flours even though the company says the same thing, however, to date I have not seen any peanut or treenut used in their flours or nutflours being made. I also use Hodgson Mills and Miss Robens because they have said there is no peanut or treenuts used in their flours. HTH! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 6:42am
jennk1's picture
Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

Hmm... That's interesting. They didn't mention anything about almond or hazelnut flour! The only other thing they mentioned was that they add crushed walnuts to one of their baking mixes but it is not put into the grinder.
To be on the safe side, I think I will just use up the rest of what I have and not use Bob's Red Mill anymore.
Thanks for the suggestions! I will try to find the other flours you mentioned.

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