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Posted on: Thu, 07/30/2009 - 11:12am
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I've read the ingredients/nutrition info of McD's and Wendy's. So when I go there, should I ask to speak with the manager before ordering (re: my son's peanut allergy)? Or do I just mention it to the person taking my order? I feel like they might not be in-the-know. Thanks for your thoughts!

Posted on: Mon, 08/03/2009 - 5:26am
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This is a great question. This might not be great advice, but I actually don't ever ask or mention our peanut allergy at MCD's anymore because I know they have all their ingredient information online and because their food is made in an assembly line fashion the same way each and every time, and because I've asked in the past.
We eat there all the time. We do not however eat at Wendy's as I've heard they are not great allergy wise.
I don't believe MCD has open peanuts anywhere. They have the packages for the sundaes and some salads have nuts. (Not sure if those are in packages too and I think salads might be made out of the restaurant.)
I would say however that it would not hurt to mention your child's allergy when you order. If the cashier has worries or questions I'm sure you'd be able to tell and can ask to speak to the manager.
You could just say before ordering.."I'd like to order XYZ and want you to be aware that my son has a peanut allergy"
Hope that helps!
Ruth
ETA MCD ingredient list here
http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/ingredientslist.pdf

Posted on: Fri, 08/07/2009 - 2:34am
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The first time we went to McD's with our PA DS, we of course asked all the questions we would normally ask at a restaurant. The kid behind the counter had no clue, and of course it was crowded, lots of people in line, etc.. I had done a lot of research online and spoken with PA friends, and so we took a leap of faith. DS was fine, and we're comfortable with McD's. Do whatever you feel comfortable with. Speaking with the manager isn't a bad idea, but it doesn't always seem possible in a fast food setting.

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