Harvey\'s Nutrition & Allergy Information Pamphlet - Canadian

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My DH has a Harvey's fast food on campus so he picked up one of their Nutrition & Allergy Information pamphlets and brought it home.

The reason I am posting this with the caution smilie is two-fold. First of all, one of our member's children had a reaction to Harvey's food not too long ago. Secondly, if you read the fine print on the pamphlet, my soul, it doesn't look that great.

However. The only two products of theirs that contain peanuts or tree nuts are peanut butter and Bran Muffins, both on their Breakfast menu.

Now on to the disclaimer. "Cara Operations Limited and its franchisees do not assume responsibility for sensitivities or allergic reactions to any food provided at its restaurants. The information contained in this guide may not include all allergens in our food nor list all of the sub-ingredients used in pre-prepared ingredients. Our kitchens and restaurants are very busy and cross-contamination may occur between ingredients. We cannot control or eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination in ingredients and products supplied to us by our suppliers. If you have further questions or comments you should consult or doctor or licensed registered dietician. The information contained in this guide is provided as of December 2001. New items and promotional sandwiches may not be included."

To me, that's a pretty heavy disclaimer and would cause me to be concerned about purchasing food for Jesse at Harvey's. He has never eaten at a Harvey's, only McDonald's and I haven't asked for an Allergy Information brochure from them. I feel I should.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 9, 2002

Hi Cindy,

Thanks for pointing this out. For anyone not aware, it was my son who had the anaphylactic reaction after eating a Harvey's kids meal last May.

For what it's worth Cindy, is there any date on the panphlet? I ask this because at the time we ordered Wade's meal, we were assured that it was safe. I know the CFIA started an investigation and I am now wondering if Harvey's changed their position on allergens as a result of this investigation?

I still do not have the results of the CFIA's investigation and I think I will try to contact the agent we were dealing with to see where things stand.

Thanks again Cindy,

Take care,

Katiee

On Oct 9, 2002

Katiee,

We haven't eaten at Harvey's since this happened to your son. Not worth it.

On Oct 9, 2002

Katiee, the pamphlet was dated December 2001 and that is the pamphlet that they are currently handing out at their franchise at Loyalist College in Belleville (you would think each one would have the most up-to-date one).

I am interested in hearing what CFIA comes up with because, as I say, after reading their rather lengthy disclaimer (and also knowing about Wade [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ), I don't think I'd be eating there with Jess. Dad can eat there on campus, that's fine, but we don't have to do it.

Please let us know what information you get as you get it.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 25, 2002

Simply re-raising for teacher. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 25, 2002

My daughter has eaten at Harvey's without incident. I thoroughly detest eating at ALL fast food chains and try to avoid going there. It is amazing how much $$ can be spent for a family of 4 on fast food --- this was my reasoning to my husband to avoid Fast Food. I will now have a better reason to avoid them. Thanks for re-raising.

On Dec 16, 2002

Since Swiss Chalet is also owned by Cara Operations who had the HUGE disclaimer on the Harvey's information pamphlet, does that mean we should be as wary of Swiss Chalet as we are of Harvey's? I know this *could* be a separate thread, but just thought I'd try to get some answers within this one without starting another thread to-day [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Dec 17, 2002

Hi Cindy,

I have eaten Swiss Chalet at least once a month (usually more) for my entire life since I was a kid. If there had ever been a trace of peanuts in anything, I would have had a reaction by now. Even when they had the "Thai chicken" special, I had them bring out the box with the Thai sauce in it, and it was peanut free.

I have also eaten Harvey's all my life. I am thinking maybe an employee had eaten a peanut butter sandwich for lunch or something and not washed their hands to cause the reaction that occurred. Unfortunately, this would be a risk that could happen at any restaurant.

But as for my personal opinion about Swiss Chalet, I would have no doubts about eating there as after more than 30 years (I am publicizing my age again I see!! haha) I have not once had any problem.

On Dec 17, 2002

erik, again, I'll respond *properly* to your post later. I do have to say (your getting a lot of commentary from me to-day) that if you're doing the "I'm okay with my age thing and I'm posting it on PA.com on a regular basis" that either you are really okay with your age (it was young, anyway, wasn't it, like 36 or younger? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) or you're actually NOT okay with your age.

Me, at 43, he** I'm okay with my age and thus why I post it on a regular basis (but only because I'm also terribly vain! LOL!).

I can hardly wait until we can welcome you into the 40+ club and see if it is true that short term memory loss immediately occurs the DAY you turn 40!

Can you tell I'm tired? You know how? I go into babble speak and have to leave the board.....

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Dec 17, 2002

Hi Cindy..

It's okay.. I go in babble speak all the time.. a lot more than you think.. it just happens that 50% of the postings that I write, I will delete before I post them and come back later and try again..

As for my age, I am fine with my age.. I just turned 37 last month but age doiesn't matter to me... although it is fun to pretend I am younger and since I look young and I act young it is easy to fool people.

I think memory loss has already begun and I just turned 37.... :P

On Jan 22, 2003

I agree with Eric. We have eaten at Harveys for 5 yrs without any problems. The owner of one of the Harveys has a p.a. child, and he eats there too.

On Jan 22, 2003

Hi Sandy,

Yes, I've had no problems at Swiss Chalet or Harvey's (both owned by Cara Foods) and I've eaten there forever.

I think most fast food restaurants in Canada are safe, including McDonald's, Wendy's, A&W, Pizza Hut, KFC, Made in Japan, etc.

Although I never eat desserts except for the McDonald's sundaes.

On Jan 22, 2003

I'm fairly clear that we don't have a Harvey's here in Belleville and we certainly didn't in Stayner so we haven't eaten Harvey's food with Jesse. The only reason I am concerned about them is because of the anaphylactic reaction Katiee's son had after eating food purchased at a Harvey's.

Katiee, did you ever hear back from CFIA about the food?

Now, I have eaten with Jesse at Swiss Chalet. Picky eater kid that he is, he didn't even have the Swiss Chalet chicken. He had a hamburger instead (can you imagine [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ). This was in Collingwood. I know that they answered our questions re PA really well and I felt comfortable with them. We have a Swiss Chalet here in Belleville but haven't eaten there yet.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On May 16, 2003

Today we ate at Harveys. This is the second time that my son has had a reaction. (but I didn't know then.)

The first time, I brought Harveys to him at school for lunch. He called 1hr later vomiting. Today I picked him up for lunch and while he was eating his fries with gravey he felt sick. He vomited out the window of the car. He is fine now after vomiting many times. His eyes are puffy.

Maybe it was the gravy? He has always been able to eat the gravy last summer? I did notice that it was a lighter color and did taste different.

I will not eat their again until I get some information. I will keep you posted.

Sandy

[This message has been edited by Sandy (edited May 16, 2003).]

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