McDonalds?

Posted on: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 4:45am
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My husband decided to take our 19-month-old PA daughter to McDonalds yesterday while running errands. We hadn't looked into McDonalds as being safe yet so I was highly concerned. I went on the website and I didn't see anything listed with peanuts as an ingredient, although one of their salads contains tree nuts. I was just wondering if anyone else has any info or experience with McDonalds and whether it is safe or unsafe? Thanks in advance.

Posted on: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 4:51am
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That is really your only safe place. We have been going to Wendy's for a change, but haven't built my comfort up there like I have at McDonald's. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 5:39am
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We go to MCD ALL the time I'm embarrassed to say. There is nothing like a rainy day and letting the kids play in the play space.
Things change but to my knowledge-MCD does not use peanut oil or have items with peanuts with the exception of their sundaes (peanuts come in a sealed pack) and maybe nuts on a salad option but I believe those also come packaged up.
We've never had a reaction at MCD. The website lists ALL their ingredients pretty thoroughly-at least last time I cked it did.
Regarding Wendy's-I was told by a friend that they are actually the worst regarding food allergies. We rarely go there.
Hope that helps!
Ruth

Posted on: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:27pm
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I too am embarrassed to admit the number of fast food restaurants we eat at. Prior to PA my husband and I loved small little off the wall privately owned restaurants. Since PA we have found chains tend to list their allergens making it easier. We have had hamburgers safely at MCD’s, Burger King (not their deserts), Carl’s Jr., Wendy’s and Red Robin.

Posted on: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:28am
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I'm allergic to peanuts/nuts and egg so one of my biggest worries when eating fast food is cross-contact with egg since almost every place uses some kind of ranch dressing or mayonnaise on their burgers and other items. Having that said, I feel quite safe when eating McDonald's because of the methods employed for making and handling food, they minimize the risk of cross-contact significantly. In the past 12 years I have had to return food once because it had a smear of mayonnaise on the bun.
As far as Wendy's is concerned, they seem to be one of the worst when it comes to cross-contact. In my more reckless days I would order their Classic Single w/Cheese without mayo. Literally 8 out of 10 times there would even be small amounts of mayo on the bun, lettuce, tomato, or it would just flat out be covered in mayo!
I believe the biggest reason this happens at Wendy's is because they use spatulas to spread their condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayo, which makes it all to easy to spill or drip mayo on other condiments and preparation surfaces. McDonald's on the other hand uses separate dispensers for their condiments which limits the risk of spilling and cross-contact with other food items and surfaces.
I also like the fact that McDonald's package's their sundae nuts keeps McFlurry toppings secure in dispensers instead of letting them spill everywhere!

Posted on: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:40am
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Thanks everyone for your experiences. We hardly ever go to McDonalds, but it's nice to know that it's safe when we do decide to go.

Posted on: Wed, 07/01/2009 - 7:44am
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OK I don't know how to quote on this new board but the poster above who posted about Burger King. I would be cautious. Their website lists conflicting information about peanut. On their site it does not mention the fish IRT allergies but on the downloadable ingredient info it says the fish is a may contain (I believe for peanuts and tree nuts) and everything fried with it (chicken nuggets, hash browns, cheesy tots, onion rings (which I always find in the fries there) would then be a may contain as well. It's also not listed in the allergen info on their posters that are hanging in the restaurants. I don't know which is the correct information but we just avoid it most of the time.

Posted on: Wed, 07/01/2009 - 7:45am
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Weird-my post ended up in the middle of the thread. Anyway anyone who eats at BK should be aware (see my post above).
I really don't like this board software. Probably part of the reason I rarely come here anymore.

Posted on: Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:27pm
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You ended up in the middle because you have the option to reply to a specific comment or the entire thread. You ended up replying to the actual comment. We have made it easy to reply to the entire thread by just adding the comment block at the bottom of every thread.

Posted on: Thu, 07/02/2009 - 11:16am
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I'm new to this website and need some information about restaurants as well. We have food allergy children (newly diagnosed)with eggs, nuts, peanuts, and wheat. So far, everytime we have eaten out I ask for the table to be cleaned and wiped several times with a new towel. Then, I bring all of our food for them which includes easy to eat vegetables like avacado, apples, bananas, peaches, carrots and then rice or corn chex. In the past I had baked chicken, green beans and potatos for the server to heat in the microwave. The entire meal, I generally live in fear that one (still very young) will grab something off of someone elses plate or off of the floor before I can react. I'm exhausted from the stress. I have been dreaming of opening a restaurant in the area to suit all major allergens. Does anyone know of any COMPLETELY nut free restaurants? I'm in Nashville, TN. Please help!

Posted on: Sat, 07/11/2009 - 10:46am
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Just wanted to mention that Jack in the Box and Red Robin have great allergy information handouts that they will gladly give to you if requested.

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