Food Manufacturers - Canada

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/1999 - 5:31am
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Does anyone have any information regarding food manufacturers and their policies in Canada?

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/1999 - 7:09am
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Naomi, the Calgary Allergy Network website has a list of Canadian and American food manufacturers numbers. The address is [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy."]http://www.cadvision.com/allergy.[/url] Also you are in a city with a world renowned reference library that has both a free health information service and a business information service. The business librarians there will happily provide contact information for brands/companies that are not listed on the Calgary site. There is a wonderful directory called Brands and their Companies and another one called Canadian Trade Index that I use all the time to find contact information. Many large urban public libraries have those texts. Brands and their Companies has both U.S., Canadian and international information.
You may also want to check the Canadian Food Inspection Agency site at [url="http://www.cfia-acia.agr.ca"]http://www.cfia-acia.agr.ca[/url] for information on labelling requirements in Canada. I checked this site and I went to the local public library and read the Regulations attached to the Food and Drug Act to find out what is required of manufacturers in Canada. It really helped me conquer some of my worries such as my worry that peanut oil might be in vegetable oil. In Canada if vegetable oil contains peanut oil it must be so labelled. That's good information and there is lots more that you can learn.
I call food manufacturers all the time. Recently I asked Cadbury to send me a list of nut free brands. It is broken down by nut-free plants vs. nut-free lines in plants where nut products are made. I called Nestle and found out that Smarties are nut free but not the Easter Smarties that are enclosed in chocolate Easter Eggs. I called Knorr and Bestfoods, two related companies and they promptly mailed me a list of their products that are nut free. I could go on and on. I have found all of these manufacturers on the Calgary list or by using information at the public library.
Finally, we exchange information from food manufacturers at the Anaphylaxis Support Group meetings I attend. You might try your local allergy association, your local lung association, your local library or this web site for links to support groups that meet in your area.
Take care. Hope this information helps.

Posted on: Sat, 03/20/1999 - 8:09am
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I have rec'd several break downs like the ones you mention Kathryn. These are very helpful. Also after I saw you had referred somebody to the Halton Anaphylactic Parent Group site [url="http://www.cgocable.net/~cmr/hapg"]http://www.cgocable.net/~cmr/hapg[/url] I went to the local library and looked up many of the larger food companies in Canada. I forwarded these numbers to above site and they will be posted soon. Thanks for all of your tips!

Posted on: Sun, 03/28/1999 - 2:32pm
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I'm new to all this scary food stuff, and when we first found out about our son's allergy, I barely ate anything for fear of passing anything peanut on to him while nursing. Now I feel better able to cope with all the research we need to do, and have some questions maybe someone here can answer, before I make a lot of phone calls: in Canada, then, is Becel margarine safe because it doesn't identify peanut oil, just "other" vegetable oils? I read somewhere in some thread that Baker's choc. chips are safe here in Canada - is this still true, and how do we know? What about Fry's cocoa? Is a product basically safe as long as the label doesn't say "may contain" and also doesn't say anything about hydrolyzed plant/vegetable protein? What about the McDonald's by our house - only has peanut for the ice cream, and they have a whole separate area and procedure than from the fries etc. (manager also has food allergies, was seemingly very up to date) What about Pizza Hut, they have a whole list of ingred. for customers to view now, and my husband was privy to a letter for their employees regarding the problem of food allergies. I know baking and cooking at home is safest, but my sanity wears thin when all the home baked stuff is gone and all I'm left with is bread. (and no chocolate) What about Pepperidge Farm cheddar cheese goldfish? The pkg. says nothing about "may contain", but does that mean, as some of the Nestle's choc. bars here, that it's made in a nut free plant, or just that I'm confused now? Sorry for all the questions, but I've been meaning to check with some Canadian parents in my position, and finally, here it is. Please help!! (chocolate is very dear to me, so you know . . .)I did e-mail the cfia but my brain currently understands other parents better than all that "technical" stuff. (it's late)

Posted on: Mon, 03/29/1999 - 1:33am
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I am also in Canada. It is my understanding that Canadian companies have been asked on a volunteer bases to include a warning "may contain traces of peanut" when they feel that cross-contamination is a possibility. Keep in mind, this is a voluntary act...my motto is call, call, call! Ask the company directly if they have a labelling policy of this nature and if so could they please send you (in print) a list of products that they feel are safe and how there policy works. Always read every ingredient label as conditions in your kitchen are always changing, so to are their conditions of manufacturing...however their label policy will remain constant. If you have not spoken to the company, my personal feeling is that you do not know if they are a VOLUNTEER or not. Bakers chocolate is made by Kraft. I believe the last time I spoke with them the only nut present in this facility is pistachio. The dry Jell-o pudding mixes were the only other thing produced in this plant at the time of my call. I feel that Kraft Canada...yes the makers of that nasty brown stuff...are very responsible with their labelling. Please call them. Their number will be on most any pkg. they make. You will also find, if you really like chocolate, that the quality is great. There are a couple of small chocolatiers near where I live who will get out new paper, wash knives, contact suppliers from Belgium or Switzerland re contamination possibilities and so on. On a less gourmet note, check the Easter chocolate link from [url="http://www.cgocable.nt/~cmr/hapg"]http://www.cgocable.nt/~cmr/hapg[/url] Small companies are something interesting to check in to. Some are very accomodating in our area. This is a lot to digest when you are new to the anaphylaxis mind set. Things seem to have a way of getting easier and more accessible over time. The more people that you talk to over the years the more products, companies, great ideas you will find out about. On the positive side...this is an ever learning adventure. (I know, some days it would be nice if this were not the case!)

Posted on: Mon, 03/29/1999 - 10:34am
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My personal feeling regarding chocolate bars at this stage (my son is only 2 years old) is that there are enough to choose from Nestle. While he is still very young and not in fact eating chocolate bars I feel safe knowing that there are five on the Canadian market that he can consume safely when the need arises. They are: Kit Kat, Aero, Mirage, Coffee Crisp and Smarties. This is a big selection! They are all made in a nut free facility and I simply do not feel comfortable taking chances from other companies. If anyone else knows of any others that are made in a nut free facility please advise!

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/1999 - 2:46am
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Naomi,
You mentioned the brand Nestle as being safe for someone with a peanut allergy. Did you contact them directly and find out that the ones you mentioned are mentioned on a peanut free line? I live in Toronto, Ontario and would love to hear from you. Do you or anyone else have the numbers for Nestle and Chapmans?

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/1999 - 3:47am
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Candice,
I spoke with both Chapmans and Nestle yesterday. My contact at Chapmans is Debbie and her number is 1-800-265-9110.She informed me that Chapmans makes all Dominions own Equality brand popsicles and ice-cream products on a stick. These products are all made on nut free lines. Also all of Chapman's products which are on a stick are also safe. The number for Nestle is 1-800-387-4636 and I spoke with Lois at ext. 4954. Hope this information helps!

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/1999 - 4:19am
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Thanks Naomi for your quick response. I have contacted Nestle and spoke to Elisa. She was very helpful. It makes me feel somewhat better knowing that I can at least buy my son chocolates if need be, without being worried about it.
I plan to contact Chapmans as well. Naomi, are you in the Toronto area as well? Will you be sending your son to school next year? Have you given much thought already to this matter as I have? It would be interested to hear from you. Thanks again for the information.

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/1999 - 9:58am
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Hi to all of us fellow Canadians. I have detailed listings of companies (approx . 50) of the co. name, phone numbers, contacts products that are safe and products that arent safe. I would be more than happy to send it to anyone who is interested. you can send me a note on my e-mail and let me know .,,or through this board...just let me know. I do know Fry's cocoa is safe to use. As above, in Canada it is not required to put the label' may contain". They do that by choice. So it is a must to call and find out. I believe it is the only safe way. I think that Canadian manufacturer's are better than others. I did check with the goldfish product by pepperidge farms..it is not safe at this time. I keep a booklet with all my information and update about every 6-8 months. Hope to hear from anyone. Lets not reinvent the wheel. If we can share info it can save everybody alot of time and headache.

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