General Mills/Betty Crocker/Big G cereals

Posted on: Thu, 02/25/1999 - 4:34am
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General Mill, Inc. 1-800-328-1144
Betty Crocker
Big G Cereals
Gold Medal Flour
Nature Valley Sancks
Yoplait & Columbo Yogurts
Contacted company on Feb 26th and spoke to Jeff.

Overall impression: Very supportive and knowledgeable. Suggested I call FAN and said they have been a big help to them. Take great care in watching for cross contamination problems.

Information gathered: If a product does not contain peanuts or have the label "may contain peanuts" it should be considered a safe product. They use bold letters for peanut as they do for their wheat and milk ingredients. If a product is manufactured after a peanut containing product, they will clean the machines and clean them again and they will still label "may contain peanuts".
I took it a step farther since many of us are concerned about chocolate (or maybe just me) and asked them for example in their chocolate chip cake mix can they verify that the chocolate chips they use are free of peanut contaminations. He asked me to hold and then stated that they use several suppliers and would not feel confident telling me that they were safe. They provide them with ingredients. So I think maybe a no chocolate rule should apply here.
Hope this helps.
Patti

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Posted on: Sun, 02/28/1999 - 11:15am
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Just came in from the grocery store. Be careful if you are purchasing General Mills Cereal - French Toast Crunch. I was so busy reading the ingredients that I didn't notice the "special" package inside the box - the new CRISPY M&M'S trial size. I quickly put the box back on the shelf and picked up one with the "swizzler" in it. It is hard enough trying to figure what cereal to pick without worrying about what "life threatening" treat is inside the box!
Another question - General Mills makes Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs Cereal and, Patti I read your post about General Mills, and I was wondering if any of the General Mills cereal would be safe to eat as far as cross-contamination goes. French Toast Crunch does not have the warning label but I still thought twice before picking it up. It is my daughter's favorite cereal (non-allergic) but, of course, what she has little brother wants.
[This message has been edited by Connie (edited March 01, 1999).]

Posted on: Sun, 02/28/1999 - 10:11pm
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It was my impression from General Mills that if there was any risk of cross contamination they would put may contain peanuts on the label. they seemed to be very cautious about it. I have been trying to stick to their cereals or Kelloggs at the peanut free facility. It may not hurt to call them and double check though.

Posted on: Sun, 02/28/1999 - 10:23pm
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Thanks Patti! I didn't mean to put you on the spot regarding General Mills products and safety. I feel like some days I am double guessing myself and I think it is starting to take its toll.
Thanks for the research!

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 12:06am
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One of the guest speakers at last year's Chicago FAN Conference was from General Mills. They work very closely with FAN. The guest speaker was a person who was in charge of company eduation/training of food allergies (her mother is also allergic to a particular tree nut). At the conference, she also showed a video, part of their training process. The video had employees from General Mills with food allergic children.(a number of them peanuts). The General Mills employees and their allergic children were featured in the training video for the company.
The representative from General Mills also noted that only employees with allergy training were allowed to work on a line with allergens.
I would encourage everyone to enroll for FANs Spring Conference - It is a wonderful learning opportunity!
FANs telephone number is 1-800-929-4040 and their web address is [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]http://www.foodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 12:42am
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Thanks Mary. I love hearing consistent information. I really got the impression that they were quite careful and have been sticking to their products quite extensively.
Connie. I definitely know what you mean about second guessing and third guessing. I just got back from the grocery store, I was able to use the 12 items and less line yet it took me two hours. I start to just read labels and I think I was close to a panic attack. It has been so stressful shopping and cooking. i hope this part gets easier with time. By the way I notice that the frosted cheerios and the team cheerios had a contains almonds label. Again all boxes may not be that way, but I did notice this.
Well I have to go take a few deep breaths and start calling a few companies on my twelve items. I'll post my info.
Thanks for being there guys!
Patti

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/1999 - 7:21am
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Hi everyone,
Concerning Cheerios-does anyone know what the modified food starch in the regular yellow boxed Cheerios means? My son first broke out when he ate a couple of broken up ones when he was 5 months old. We tried them again a couple of months later with the same reaction. That has been a couple of years now but I still don't want to try them! Thanks, Lisa

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/1999 - 10:14pm
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Do the regular Cheerios have "almond meal" or "almond flour" in the ingredients? I never by the regular cheerios, but I have bought Team Cheerios and/or multi-grain cheerios and Frosted Cheerios. It seems to me that one or all of them had some sort of ground up type of almond in them. Check your box for this. Maybe that is what was causing the reaction.
Christine

Posted on: Thu, 03/11/1999 - 6:41am
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Christine,
Thanks for the idea. I will check next time I'm at the store. Even the allergist looked surprised when he read Cheerios on my list of foods he had reacted from!
Lisa

Posted on: Thu, 03/11/1999 - 10:38pm
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Just to verify here--I checked my box of Frosted Cheerios this morning and they do indeed contain "almond meal" and the allergy warning reads "contains almond and wheat ingredients." So, check all Cheerios if you think your child may have any sensitivity to tree nuts.

Posted on: Fri, 03/12/1999 - 5:23am
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I checked the regular cheerios (my dtr eats these all the time) and they do not contain almond meal or any nuts.
When I called General Mills a few months ago they told me they would use the warning may contain pn if they there was cross-contaim. (I was also told kix cereal was safe.)
(we're in trouble if a staple like cherrios isn't even safe [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )
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