Shopping in the USA nut and peanut free

Posted on: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 10:23pm
annieras's picture
Joined: 03/08/2010 - 05:16

Hi, I am bringing my family to the USA in the summer and one of the children has peanut/tree nut allergies. In the UK we know which brands that we trust and are familiar with the foods. Our labelling is like yours, may contain is voluntary. However many of the brands we buy here are not available in the USA or if they are they are packaged in a plant in the USA which differs from the plant used in the UK. As we are visiting for a brief period it would be really useful to have a heads up on what we could buy to avoid hunting around.

Dose anyone have a suitable shoppping list for us for breads, cereals, biscuits, cheeses, cooked meats or anything else suitable for self catering?


Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 12:39am
BestAllergySites's picture
Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

annieras--I can't give you a straight out allergen free list. Many of us use our own judgment based on our own situations.
For instance--I will buy items made in shared facilities so long as I know they have a strict cleaning protocol in place as well as a allergen testing protocol.
Cereals are easy--Just buy Enjoy Life while you are here since they are guaranteed free of the top 8 allergens including peanut and tree nut.
Bread and biscuits--consider buying allergen free/safe mixes to make your own. We also have used the Arnold brand 100% wheat bread without reaction but I do believe they make a nut bread as well--so that might not work for you.
We get processed sliced cheese (not deli) without issue.
Ck out my website Best Allergy Sites for the allergen free brands you can find here in the states. Some are available online only (preorder and ship to where you are staying) some are available in store.
Hope that helps and enjoy your trip!

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 5:04am
annieras's picture
Joined: 03/08/2010 - 05:16

Thanks. We will look out for Enjoy Life and I'll check out your site. I was wondering whether that highly colourful cereal with marshmallows works! I've emailed General Mills but they haven't replied to me yet. I found the comments on this site about Kelloggs interesting and will avoid. We have kelloggs in the house here but our child with the allergy doesn't eat it. She sticks to Weetabix.
What is the experience of eating out, over here we can eat at KFC and Macdonalds?

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 8:44am
diannek's picture
Joined: 08/05/2009 - 19:08

Hi annieras,
My 3 1/2 year old has a peanut allergy. We eat malt-o-meal brand cereal. They have 2 varieties with marshmallows. That's interesting to hear about kellogs. We also eat kellogs brand quite often (fruit loops, frosted miniwheats, rice crispies etc. I would love to hear more on the kellogs comments.
McDonalds is a safe choice for fast food. We also eat Wendys.

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