food labelling in CA?


We are taking a once-in-a-lifetime family trip to California. Our son is PA. How trusting can we be of food labels? In Canada, peanuts MUST be identified on labels, but not 'may contains'. I have called several companies here to verify safety and feel comfortable with several products. Wondering should we bring food from home or can we feel safe in gracery stores there? Thanks for any advice.

On Feb 26, 2005


This post has some info for you.


In the meantime, if there are some specific foods you want advise on, go ahead and ask. There are several posters here who live in California...

On Feb 26, 2005

We are in California. I have a very tight comfort zone and don't believe that companies label very well at this time. I don't trust the labeling. Unless of course they actually label for allergens.

Some companies that we trust though that are nut free or within our comfort zone are 1)Rudi's Organic Breads(nut free/egg free/dairy free-kosher/parveve) 2)Back to Nature- Crackers and Cookies 3)Diestel Farm Meats(packaged lunch meats) 4)Wellshire Farms (package breakfast/lunch meats) 5)Annie's Mac & Cheese (all products are nut free except for the bunnie crackers and the tamarind tree products) 6)Horizon Dairy(milks/cheeses/pudding cups and jello cups) 7)Pirates Booty(all products are nut free) 8)Yoplait Yogurt 9)New Morning Graham Crackers 10)Rice Krispies,Crispix,and Corn Pops 11)Frito Lay Chips 12)Mission Flour Tortillas 13)Krispy Creme Donuts 14)Vermont Nut Free Chocolates(you could order in advance to your trip and have them sent to your hotel) 15)Cool Fruits Freezer Pops 16)Pop Secret Pop Corn 17)McCanns Oatmeal (all nut free) 18)Garden Time Pastas 19)Napa Valley Naturals Olive Oil 20)Phillyswirl ice cream

In & Out is a great fast food place for burgers and fries. They are everywhere in California. The milkshakes are not safe however. My dd is 4 1/2(PA/TNA/SOY) and eats the burger patties and the fries with out a problem. The buns have soy.

Chuck E Cheese is safe here no nuts. We can't go there because of the soy allergy but a great place for fun and good food and least for the children(ha). They have a book that they will show you that has complete ingredients list for all their products.

You will find lots of fresh fruits and veges here straight from the farms.

That is all I can think of right now but I am sure some of the others here in CA will be able to give you more information. We generally shop at Whole Foods, Mothers Markets, Gelsons, Wild Oats, Jimbos, Henry's, Albertsons and Ralphs.

Let me know what area you will be in and I will give you addresses and phone numbers for the Markets and the In & Out and Chuck E Cheese.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Have a fun trip!


*Nuts includes peanuts and tree nuts*

On Feb 26, 2005

Thanks so much for the info! I'll print off the list and take it with me. We will be in Anaheim and San Diego in May. It's great to know which companies you trust because many of those brand names aren't even familiar to me. Thanks again!

On Feb 28, 2005


Well, if you're headed to Disneyland, make sure you check out this thread:


We're heading to Disneyland for the first time in a few weeks. We're very excited, since we actually will get a break from cooking; Disneyland has a great reputation for their food allergy awareness and accommodating style.

We'll report back on how it went...