McDonalds now has peanut butter cup McFlurries!

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2010 - 9:57am
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My family has not been to a restaurant for 6 yrs except McDonalds, Pizza Hut and recently Red Robin. We have always been so thankful that we could go to McD for an ice cream, fresh baked cookie even a birthday cake, not to mention food on the run or while traveling. Our son is 9 with P/A and T/A. We have felt that McD has taken precausions with nuts because the peanuts they have are in a sealed plastic bag and only given when requested with a sunday, so they are not in the kitchen with the possibility for cross contamination. We were devestated yesterday when we pulled up for an ice cream cone and saw that they now serve peanut butter cup McFlurries! we did not order and our son was so dissapointed ! I came home and e-mailed and called them and they just said that they were sure the staff would "try" to be careful and that they may (but not sure) only have them until June 24th. I told him that he clearly does not understand the severity of food allergies and that because of the PB cups there, there would be a possibility of it getting on hands of the workers,food, counters,money and so on. I also tried to explain how when that is really one of the only places that helps us feel " normal" ( being able to order @ Birthday parties, and just pulling up and ordering food like the rest of the world)that now for it to be gone is very hard for us. I wanted to make sure I passed the information on and also invite you to share your concerns and feedback with them, I let him know that many P/A families depend on places like McD and that I am sure I am not the only one who will NOT be risking my childs life for a hamburger.I hope that someday food chains will understand that they can have a great place to eat WITHOUT nuts!
Their contact information : phone # 1-800-244-6277
address: McDonald's Corporation,
2111 McDonald's Dr.
Oak Brook IL.
60523
If they hear from enough people maybe they will get the message. I am curious if anyone else has called them already or how you plan to handle going there or not.

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2010 - 4:12am
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I know I just saw that yesterday. McDonald's has always been our safe place....glad to see they won't have them forever.

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2010 - 11:03am
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lets hope and pray they don't , sometimes if they have a promotion and it goes well they put it on the menu that's why I think it is important that we let them know how this will affect so many people , hopefully they would keep that in mind when considering making it an item on the menu.

Posted on: Sat, 05/22/2010 - 12:18pm
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I would hate to see this item perminatly on their menu. It is one of the place we feel we can trust in Canada and in the States. I agree that we need to let them know how much we appriciate them providing a safe place for our children to eat by not having items that contain peanut products. (other than the sealed bags of peanuts for sundays)

Posted on: Sun, 05/23/2010 - 11:49am
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Hi...I'm new but wanted to let you know what I saw at mine...
I went there,not knowing about this, ate and all was ok. I think I got lucky. I went back up to get ice cream and there was Reese cup bits everywhere. I don't know how I didn't see it because it was spilled out by where the drinks were.All over the counter, and the people sticking their bare hands in the tub scooping it out and getting PB all over themselves, went and grabbed french fries.

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2010 - 12:52pm
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Just a side note, I have also noticed that their cookie bags say "may have been exposed to peanut dust". I don't let my daughter eat any ice cream, cookies, or salads at McDonalds. I'm a little disappointed about the McFlurry, and may have to cut back on our trips there until the promotion is over.

Posted on: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 5:39am
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I e-mailed McDs and received this response, not terribly useful. I commented on how I was disappointed to see the PB McFlurry and that the restaurant I visited had Reeses allover the counter and that if employees touched the PB and then touched other food items or surfaces they could impact the PA people out there. Anyway I plan to speak with the local manager at our McD to find out more info b/c it is very concerning. I have let DD have the ice cream (never the McFlurry) there in the past but now I'm even worried about other food items.
Anyway this was the response...It's unclear when the 100 days of Summer ends...September? Who knows. :(
Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald's regarding our Reese's Peanut Butter Cup McFlurry dessert. We are offering a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup McFlurry in our U.S. restaurants as part of the Shrek and "100 Days of Summer" promotions. Following these national promotions, this item may remain on menus in local markets.
The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup McFlurry contains peanut butter (peanuts) which is one of the top 8 allergens recognized by the Federal Drug Administration. In preparation to offer the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup McFlurry, we provided additional operations and crew training to reduce the risk of cross-contact with other products. This includes dedicating special containers and scoops for these products. However, all flavors of McFlurry utilize the same equipment.
The safety and well-being of our customers is a top priority at McDonald's. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, we wanted to make customers with peanut allergies aware of this promotion so they can make whatever decisions they deem appropriate in visiting our restaurants.
Again, thank you for your interest in McDonald's.

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:06am
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I got that email too.

Posted on: Fri, 06/25/2010 - 9:04pm
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All of the Mcdonald's restaurants handle food safety differently and just be mindful that staff is not always trained thoroughly in food safety. I will point out that my child has a food allergy and they will head straight for the sink to wash hands. This is probably the only safe thing for them to do considering they have become a mini Starbucks and have items like hazelnut flavored coffee, provide bagged nuts for parfaits and now the Reeses Pieces. Keep in mind most of the workers on duty are high school students and food saefty is not a priority for them.

Posted on: Sat, 06/26/2010 - 5:51pm
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It is sickening. They seem to pride themselves on being allergy-aware and then go and add peanut butter cups to their menu. So the staff is apparently trained in cross-contact at every McDonald's in the U.S. and the staff apparently cares and realize the extreme risk they pose to some allergic individuals if they don't follow the guidelines. Right. So if they don't wash their hands after handling the McFlurries and then grab a happy meal for a PA child, bad news. I am sure they think Purell will do the job of washing allergen off their hands. I saw that Reese's bin and the peanut butter was all over the handle. That tells me that there is a significant amount of peanut butter all over that kitchen, cash register and counter. I am disappointed. I haven't broken the news to my PA allergic child, only his little brother when we had to leave. She had touched the handle and then went to take our money. He will be extremely disappointed. I will call them for sure.
On another note to a PP, the cookies have traces of nuts in them. And Pizza Hut uses peanut oil in their sauces, etc. Check their website.

Posted on: Wed, 07/14/2010 - 4:24pm
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Do you guys know how a mcflurrie is made?
The candy bits (oreo, reese, kit kat, whatever) is in a sealed container. They take the cup full of ice cream (which is seperate from the candy containers) and put the candy in it by pulling a lever (thier hands don't touch the nuts). The thing that mixes the icream cream is the spoon, so there is NO CROSS CONTAMINATION! Their hands never touch the nuts. The only thing containing nuts is that specific flurrie.
Flurries are safe. However, there is a lot more to be said about going to McDonalds all the time to avoid peanuts. 99.9999% of restaurants in North America, and Europe completely understand peanut allergies.

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