Frustrated over all the peanut products

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Do you ever get frustrated by all the peanut products out there and that more and more products are coming out with peanuts in them? Now Pepperidge Farm products have come out with peanut butter fish crackers.

CAN anyone make something without peanuts???

On Sep 16, 2002

I find myself becoming more and more frustrated by the manufacturers creating "new" products using peanut products. Why so much with peanuts? Oreo's now has a new cookie with peanut butter filling. Does this mean we can't eat regular Oreo's now? I am going to call the company about this. We used to be able to eat Tastycake products, but now all their labels say "may contain". Just one more product our son can't eat! I feel bad that there are so many products that he cannot have-many because they say "may contain". Everytime I go to the store, I find myself more limited with what I can buy. I know about the Pepperidge Farm fish crackers. Are they made on a separate line from the regular fish crackers?

On Sep 17, 2002

It's getting more and more frustrating. Remember, though, these companies constantly have to come out with "new" things in order to retain market share. They've come up with just about every variation on their existing snacks, and there's only so much shelf space. So if they modify one of their existing products, they can stay on the shelf. "Gee, what's left that we haven't done with Oreo's? Oh, let's add PB!" I don't know, but do most kids (not ours) LOVE peanut butter? Or do they just LIKE it but will eat it if it's in their kitchen pantry? I admit, before my daughter was diagnosed, I had no idea about PB (and most other food) allergies. My non-PA daughter likes PB cups, but I don't get them. She knows she can only have them when she's sleeping over her friend's house (which is rare). I feel bad that she can't have all these new "products," but she understands. So it is frustrating. Can't these food scientists be more original?

On Sep 17, 2002

It's getting more and more frustrating. Remember, though, these companies constantly have to come out with "new" things in order to retain market share. They've come up with just about every variation on their existing snacks, and there's only so much shelf space. So if they modify one of their existing products, they can stay on the shelf. "Gee, what's left that we haven't done with Oreo's? Oh, let's add PB!" I don't know, but do most kids (not ours) LOVE peanut butter? Or do they just LIKE it but will eat it if it's in their kitchen pantry? I admit, before my daughter was diagnosed, I had no idea about PB (and most other food) allergies. My non-PA daughter likes PB cups, but I don't get them. She knows she can only have them when she's sleeping over her friend's house (which is rare). I feel bad that she can't have all these new "products," but she understands. So it is frustrating. Can't these food scientists be more original?

On Sep 17, 2002

I'm frustrated with it because it means more and more very young children are eating peanut butter in more products, which means more of them may develop peanut allergy. I think it's irresponsible of the food manufacturers, who are marketing these pb products to young children. Not enough parents are getting the message to keep pb away from young children with a family history of allergies. We all know why the message isn't getting out. $$$$$$$.

On Sep 23, 2002

Kathy L,

I don't know if the crackers are made on a separate line. I was inspired to write this message as a result of the commercial about them. It is ridiculous-I remember when Chips Ahoy came out with the peanut butter cookies, I wrote them and asked them whether they were safe and also suggested that they change the packaging on them b/c they look like reg. chips ahoy cookies. I almost picked up the PB cookies by mistake one day. I even wrote that I would boycott them until they changed it. (I got sick of it and eventually ate them again, but I double check everything until I get home!)

I don't get it-EVERYTHING has to have some kind of peanut in it! Actually I probably wouldn't care so much IF these companies would at least use a separate line for pb free products. THEN I would know it was safe to eat. Since I've been on this board, I am nervous to eat any may contain peanuts-although some products I ate before the may contain thing I still eat with no problems (Like Milk Duds).

On Oct 3, 2002

I actually called pepperidge farm and oreo when their peanut butter versions came out.

Both companies swore to me they do not make their plain old products on the same line as the peanut ones. Pepperidge farm said if their is any risk of contamination they will indicate it on their ingredient line. If their is no peanut warning, the product is safe. She said regular goldfish are not made on the same line as the new ones.

Same for oreos. They said the pb ones are made in a different place at least for now. Again, keep reading labels cause god knows when it will change!

lisa

On Oct 3, 2002

I don't understand why the *Double Delight Mint* Oreo's have to be made on shared equipment with the Peanut Butter Oreo's! (Thus, peanut flour listed in the ingredients on the mint ones).

If they are going to come out with a new product, fine. Just run the new product on the line with the *Original* or the *DoubleStuff* Oreo's so at least *our* PA children get to try a new product too!

------------------ Stay Safe!

Connie

On Oct 3, 2002

When i read the label for the Oreo Double Mint cookies peanut flour was listed as an ingredient - that sent me into a rant at the store - Why do they have to use peanut flour, this is crazy, blah blah blah - I was talking to my husband, but got some funny looks. It drives me batty when new PB products come out (PB Oreos - UGH) or when peanut Flour is used - I mean, is that really necessay????

On Oct 5, 2002

Mary M,

I feel your frustration too! What's the difference between PB flour (which, BTW, the Soft single serving Chips Ahoy cookies are made with it!) and just plain old flour. I wish there was a way we could campaign or somehow explain what these products are doing to us. Last week I was at an apple orchard adn wanted to buy a PLAIN carmel apple. Could I? NO, because when I inspected them, I noticed a few stray peanuts on the bottom of it.

I even told the lady as I was checking out the fudge that I would LOVE to buy some, as soon as I could find a store in driving distance that had SAFE fudge. (I am planning on buying some stuff from Vermont's nut free place, b/c I am so sick of this peanut thing being crammed down my throat!

On Oct 6, 2002

I don't get too frustrated about new products containing peanuts. I figure that if I get worked up about a new product my daughter will sense it. She already gets disappointed when we go to Family birthday parties and the Birthday Cake is ALWAYS off limits for her. I end up baking cupcakes for her, my son and myself to eat but I figured after 3 years someone in my family would REMEMBER that she has allergies!! Especially when I have told them which Bakery (nut free!!) to order cakes from. So I guess my frustration is more with family than new products.

On Oct 7, 2002

Yes iam to fustrated hollawen is comming up going to have a party at our hous so she is safe we are backing breads and cookies to keep her safe, and as far as the family goes they still dont have a clue love to all the kids

On Oct 7, 2002

fuzzyfurball, yes, I do find it frustrating, but I think only to a degree. Let me try to explain (what else is new? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) I think I only really become upset about a new peanut product if it means that one of our tried and true family foods will be affected by it.

For example, if I was in the U.S. and could no longer buy Oreos because of the bloody pb ones, I'd be livid. Fortunately, I'm in Canada and Christie's has said that they don't plan a pb Oreo in the near future. I believe the operative word there though is *near* because I am quite positive that I saw Ritz crackers with pb and chocolate together (now, I may have been dreaming as I have been having quite vivid dreams lately), but I was shopping without the kids and remember passing the Ritz and thinking "Oh, for Lord's sake" (pardon me) when I saw them.

I thought, if they're doing that with Ritz crackers, it's only a matter of time before we Canadians too, get the pb/chocolate Oreos. They're just not going to tell us now, that's all.

Of course, when Nestle first announced that they were no longer going to be making "peanut free" Smarties and chocolate bars, I wasn't just frustrated, I was in tears and extremely upset. It was the kind of upset that I did pass on to Jesse at the time (just over 5) and he said "that's okay Mama, when I grow up I'll make peanut free Smarties". Thank heaven they reversed their decision and are now actually marketing well because of it.

Because Jesse is an extremely picky eater, we have our tried and true foods that come into the house and that's about it. As I say, if one of them gets disturbed because of the introduction of yet another peanut product, it's frustrating and upsetting to me (although I don't let Jesse know).

It is SO hard for people to comprehend that we can only buy one "safe" popsicle. A popsicle for Lord's sake!

I think it's also frustrating when you do have a peanut free classroom in place for your child which does not allow "may contains". It's frustrating because it's frustrating for the non-PA parents and what I've found this year is some very vocal parents who believe their children's rights are being violated (which, you can say, they are) because the restrictions placed, when you can't bring in "may contains" are a lot.

However, if you look on the positive side, it tends to mean (although not in my household) that our children are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and home-made goods and less pre-packaged things. Me, I've simply found all "safe" pre-packaged things! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] (I should be ashamed [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] )

Actually, after having my post go to this length I think it's pretty clear that although I said I wasn't frustrated that much, I really am. The other thing I always seem to notice as well, if there's going to be a chocolate bar wrapper or other garbage on the street, I can bet my bottom dollar that it's a peanut product - what I've found here it's usually Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I don't understand littering in the first place and then when I do see it, it's peanut product related!

Both kids went shopping with me yesterday so their Father could study (big mistake on my part, believe me). At any rate, Jesse was constantly telling his sister in the two stores that we went in to to stay away from things because they were peanut products. Ember has learned, in her own way, to terrorize Jesse by touching EVERYTHING (not just peanut products) in the store and Jesse gets quite vocal and loud about it.

He freaked out when she went near a display of Planter's Peanuts in really well sealed plastic, almost snack sized packages. I was trying to get him to calm down and actually said, Jess, you can touch this. It will not hurt you. The package is very thick and there is not a hole in it. You could touch it and be perfectly safe.

Of course, he decided not to touch the package (this was after his sister had touched them - I think her fingerprints could be found on every food item in the store, I swear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) and I certainly wasn't going to push him to do something that could potentially terrorize him. But I did want him to know that in that particular situation, he was okay. Now, if it had been a different bag of peanuts, not as well sealed up, totally different story.

And yes, it seemed as though there was something in every aisle that he was wigging on his sister about, so a lot of peanut products out there.

Aside from this long-winded post though, I think I have pretty well gotten used to it and I guess it's the only circumstance in which I would be thankful Jesse is a picky eater. It's not like he's clammering to try anything new and then I have to find out it's not safe.

Thanks for listening to my babble.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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