Halloween Candy

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Hi all! I was quite distressed last night going through my son's halloween candy looking for all the peanut products. In the end we got a whole shopping bag full of chocolate bars which "may contain traces of nuts". One which concerned me in particular was a Cadbury Dairy milk bar. One wrapper had the warning...one did not! I found the same problem last year with a Cadbury Crunchie bar. There is no 800 number on the wrappers and last year I e-mailed the company with no response. Does anyone have a 800 number for Cadbury out there? I would really like to call and get some clarification on this misinformation!

Thanks and stay safe, Kathy

On Nov 1, 1999

Hi Kathy

Sorry to hear about your halloween experiences.

My father works in Cadburys, so I will ask him tonight what the situation is (as far as I know, most of the Cadburys products in Canada are exported from Ireland). I wouldn't trust his judgement completely, but it should give you a better idea as to why some bars say yea, and some say nay!

Stay safe.

Gwen

On Nov 1, 1999

What I found stressful was the majority of chocolate-type candy we received was in the bite-size form where no ingredients were listed at all. Of course, there were the obvious ones, but we opted to stay away from anything that wasn't hard candy or fruit snack treats, or had no ingredients listed. It was a disappointing night in terms of how many treats we had to dispose of, but our son was safe and had a good time. Yeah!

On Nov 1, 1999

Yes, it seems the "may contain" peanuts are growing every month, it's depressing. My poor PA 12 year old got braces recently, so her allowed halloween treats this year are even less than before. Gum, gummys, tootsie rolls, etc are on the no-no list too. Poor kid, she's an awful good sport about it, though!

On Nov 2, 1999

Hi Kathy

I spoke to my dad who in turn spoke to a guy from the lab in Cadburys. He said that the reason some would have the warning and others would not is because they use the same vats for making the bars, let me give an example to explain myself properly.

On a Monday, Cadburys may use vat A to make a Fruit and Nut bar (hazelnuts). The vat is steam cleaned overnight. On Tuesday, the same vat may be used to make Dairy Milk. Any bar that comes out of the vat on Tuesday will display may contain traces of peanut / nuts. The vat will again be cleaned on Tuesday night. If the same vat is used for Dairy Milk again on Wednesday, they won't display the warning (they will assume that all traces will be gone at that stage).

That isn't very reassuring, is it? It seems like the more we learn, the less we can eat.

I'll try and get some more information on the prosses they use in Cadburys and let you know. Some of it may not be relevant as a lot of the chocolate you eat is exported from the UK, which has a totally different system to Ireland.

Stay safe.

Gwen

On Nov 2, 1999

Thanks Gwen. That helps a little, but how sure can we be when companies ASSUME the traces have been cleaned? I don't know. Thanks again for the info!

Kathy

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