Swiss Miss?

Posted on: Thu, 01/22/2009 - 1:56pm
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Which brand of hot cocoa do you give your pa/tna child? Is Swiss Miss Safe? Are their puddings safe? Also, when baking, is there a specific brand of flour and vegtable oil you use? Is there ones I should be aware that are a definate no,no?

Posted on: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 2:57pm
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Swiss Miss hot chocolate is fine. As a matter of fact, I drink a cup a day. It's my guilty pleasure. I drink both the regular and the one with mini marshmallows and have never had a problem with my PA/TNA. As for pudding, we buy the Jello 100 Calorie packs and I've never had an issue with those.
I use Gold Medal flour. Years ago there was mention on here that Pillsbury flour was unsafe but not labeled. I've been using Gold Medal ever since just to be safe. As for oil, I use Crisco vegetable oil and have never had a problem.
Let's see, other baking stuff... Arm & Hammer baking soda, Clabber Girl baking powder, McCormick vanilla.
Hope that helps!

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:49pm
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I recently (Jan 22nd) emailed ConAgra about their Swiss Miss mixes and got the response below back from them. Basically, they do use shared lines, but clean then between runs. My comfort zone right now is pretty tight, so I've been making the boys' cocoa from scratch (hot milk and choc syrup), but it really depends on your comfort zone. Regardless, this type of response from manufacturers really makes me crazy. How are we supposed to make a judgement on the efficacy of their cleaning procedures!?! Anyway, hope this helps!
"Your communication concerning our Swiss Miss Cocoa was most welcome. We
appreciate comments and questions from our consumers.
The Food and Drug Administration has rules we are required to follow regarding labeling. If we add a common allergen, it is listed on the ingredient statement even if it appears in small quantities. We do purchase certain ingredients from suppliers, and they are required to comply with the identical FDA regulations pertaining to labeling. We periodically audit our suppliers to ensure that their labels are current and in full compliance with all FDA and USDA regulations. In addition, ConAgra Foods labels separately, in bold, these Top 9 Food Allergens on our products: Milk, Egg, Wheat, Soy, Peanut, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Crustacean Shell Fish, Fish.
We manufacture a variety of products in the same plant or on shared equipment to achieve optimal quality and improve manufacturing efficiency. We have strong allergen control programs to prevent cross contamination of products in our plants. For example, we follow strict production practices regarding the manufacturing schedules of products that contain allergens to ensure the lowest risk of potential cross contamination. We employ the highest standards in sanitation in our storage, production and distribution facilities to further decrease the risk of cross contamination. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration and USDA Food Safety Inspection Service require us to follow careful guidelines, called Good Manufacturing Practices, for cleaning equipment between production runs. Likewise, allergenic ingredients are carefully stored so as not to come into contact with other raw materials.
We appreciate your patronage and value our customers. We hope you will continue to enjoy our line of quality food. "

Posted on: Tue, 04/28/2009 - 1:46pm
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We have used Ovaltine for years. It is healthier. I use it to flavor the ice cream I make as well. My son needs to gain weight so this boosts the ice cream and makes it a little more nutritious as well.
U-Bet was safe a few years ago when I called. They may still be. Worth a call.

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:15am
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Con Agra subsidiary Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
Swiss Miss, owned by the conglomerate Con Agra, does not appear safe at all. According to their website, they only disclose the actual ingredients, NOT ALLERGENS THAT RUN THROUGH CON AGRA'S EQUIPMENT:
"All major food allergens are shown on the ingredient list of our products and/or will be noted in a "Contains" statement just after the ingredient list.
Major food allergens, as defined by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, must appear on the packaging. These include eggs, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish (crustacean), soy, tree nuts and wheat. All major food allergen ingredients [SO IT HAS TO BE AN ACTUAL INGREDIENT, THEY ARE NOT DISCLOSING ALLERGENS LEFT OVER IN THEIR EQUIPMENT] will be listed in the ingredient statement and will be noted in the “Contains” statement if they are included in flavorings or spice mixes. ...
....Visit our interactive Nutrition Navigator to get nutrition information about specific ConAgra Foods products. " (This was useless.)
This info was cut and pasted from Swiss Miss/ConAgra's webpage at:
http://www.conagrafoods.com/frequently-asked-questions#other-info

Posted on: Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:55am
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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Hi there! You’ve brought up some really great questions that are especially relevant during the winter and holiday season!
The best thing to do in order to be sure certain foods or ingredients are safe is read the label. Typically grocery stores have a variety of nut-free options, but there are also specialty brands you can order online. You can find more about those here. Some parents have discussed the safe brands of pudding before, and here are their tips!
Some major brands such as Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines and Pillsbury are peanut-free, but it is still a good habit to check the labels. You can find more specific items here.
When looking for a high-temperature cooking oil, some safe types to try include canola oil, corn oil and safflower oil. You can read about a few more options here. And check out this great community discussion about peanut-free flour brands, too! If your child isn’t allergic to almonds, almond flour can be a useful and safe alternative, and there are more tips for baking with almond flour here.
If you have spare time and want to be extra safe, here is a great homemade hot cocoa recipe. And here are some tips for replacing baking chocolate or finding nut-free options.
We asked our Facebook followers for advice, and here is what they had to say.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:15am
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Great Value vegetable and canola oil are not safe. This was not something I had ever thought to look at and found by accident. Now I check every ingredient I use. They are processed on the same equipment. And the company did not seem to care when I emailed them with concerns.

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