Has Anyone Else Received a Notice from Nestle from Their Child\'s School?

Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2001 - 7:11am
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Anonymous (not verified)

pDid anyone else receive anything from Nestle that the school sent home with your child?/p
pI was almost pleasantly surprised when I opened Jesse's knapsack just now to see information about the Nestle products that will no longer be "safe". I thought maybe the school had initiated something about this./p
pNO! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] It is a notice from Nestle, which includes the propaganda that we have been fed about why the facility will no longer be "peanut free"./p
pIf anyone hasn't received one, I would be quite pleased to painstakingly re-type it./p
pI do know that it is Nestle's intention to educate everyone so that we are all fully aware of their decision, and I guess we should be thankful in some way that they are at least warning people well ahead of time.br /
It must involve a lot of time and effort for them./p
pHowever, it still ticks me off! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]/p
pI wonder how my son's principal responded to this one. I'm not sure if it went home with every child in the school or if it just went home to the children in the one "peanut free" classroom. I will try to find out more./p
pAlso, with the way it is worded, I don't believe any person not dealing with PA would consider writing them an e-mail voicing objections to their decision, they would simply accept Nestle's information, be aware, and that's it./p
pBest wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2001 - 9:00am
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Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

Our school is peanut/nut free....we havent' received a thing from them so far. Please let us know what it said.

Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2001 - 10:50am
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Joined: 04/24/2001 - 09:00

Well, here I am, first post after ages of lurking; my daughter (12 years old, peanut/tree nut-allergic) and I have become involved in fighting this Nestle thing while husband and son cheer us on.
Our Principal did send home a copy of Nestle's announcement; they seem to have done a mass faxing to schools. I think the Principal distributed it only to nut-allergic students. She and I don't see eye-to-eye on everything but she takes allergy issues seriously and we have a good working relationship. This is what I emailed back to her:
**Thank you for sending us a copy of Nestle Canada's announcement of their plan to discontinue safe production of Smarties, Kit Kat, Aero, Mirage and Coffee Crisp.
I had heard of this earlier and as you can imagine, this news has hit with considerable force in the community of those who care for children with life-threatening nut and peanut allergies.
I suspect that Nestle Canada or Nestle international did not fully recognize the widespread impact of this production change, and that with sufficient public pressure they might yet be convinced to look for a win-win solution: one that would enable them to respond to perceived market demands without sacrificing the growing market they have spent years cultivating and the customers whose trust and loyalty they have encouraged.
If you and your staff believe that the appearance of "may contain" warnings on these familiar Nestle treats could affect parents' choices of foods they send in to school and the school's efforts to be a safer place for its anaphylactic students, please make your views known to Nestle Canada at ....(here I gave all coordinates).
Thank you. (I also appended the Apr. 19 news release from the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada - can be viewed here on the Alerts board)**
Frankly, I don't expect any action out of this but the Nestle text is pretty much as Cindy has described and I thought it important to give it some context.
It is so motivating and cheering to come to these boards and see the energy and commitment; this community has been a help to me time and again. Thank you all!

Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2001 - 1:33pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The public schools in TO are closed because of the support workers strike so none of them would have received anything.

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2001 - 12:24am
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Joanna G., excellent e-mail to your daughter's principal! Can I have your permission to use it almost verbatim?
I had to contact the school (that's another story) this morning and I asked the school secretary if the Nestle propaganda had been sent home school wide or just given to Jesse's "peanut free" classmates. She said that Mrs. whoever (principal) had wanted ME to see the information (WHAT? I sent her every e-mail re Nestle that broke since last Thursday! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) and that it was also given to Jesse's teacher to copy for the rest of his classmates.
I did express my concern about Nestle's decision and told the secretary that as a PA community we were boycotting Nestle. I explained that we do appreciate being told well in advance of their decision but don't believe their reasoning (i.e., people WANT more chocolate with peanuts/nuts in it). I also told her that I was concerned because any parents that may be reluctant or resistant to a "peanut free" classroom in the first place are even going to be further enangered by this decision and I am actually concerned about the possible repercussions with Jesse personally.
I am quite serious about this. I just started to think about it last night. As I have pointed out time and time again on this board, I have a VERY difficult time in this community with people who seem to almost choose to be ignorant. They do not embrace being educated at all. They are very reluctant and resistant as a community, on the whole. I know that sounds really generalized but it has been my experience in this very small town.
How are parents going to feel when they have to tell their own non-PA children that they can't bring the Nestle products into the classroom because of the ONE PA child in the school?
As I mentioned in the Action thread re Nestle, I really do have to write them another e-mail re concerns I had even after I wrote my first long winded one last week. Now, I have this to add too.
And, wouldn't you know it? Yesterday in the mail I received a sample of Nestle's powder Nesquik!
My daughter has been ill so I was unable to sit down and type the Nestle notice out last night and would actually prefer not to (it is really lengthy).
The school secretary did say that the school had been faxed earlier this week with the notice, so if I got one where I am, I'm sure each school will eventually get one.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2001 - 2:31am
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Joined: 04/24/2001 - 09:00

Yes, by all means, Cindy and anyone else feel free to use it that's why I posted it. Why not also tailor it for school superintendents and school trustees. Trustees are after all elected by us and are certainly in a position to take some action!
Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2001 - 9:26am
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JoannaG., thank-you very much. I really feel that this Nestle decision is going to be responsible for my near nervous breakdown I seem to be suffering to-day especially. I am terribly overwhelmed by it all and other stuff too.
To be able to use your e-mail, which was so wonderfully worded will save me trying to figure out how to say things in a clear, concise manner to my son's principal (yes, I actually do do that but it does require thought! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )
This way, I will just be able to Control C, Control V, still thanking Cayley's Mom for that one, and get it off to her regardless of how I am feeling.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 12:48am
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Joined: 04/24/2001 - 09:00

UPDATE - The Principal emailed me yesterday and reported that she did contact Nestle with her concerns. I am pleasantly surprised!

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 12:51am
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I haven't heard a thing yet from my son's principal, but I'm not actually expecting to. I'm also quite surprised that no one else has posted that they have received this Nestle propaganda. Why just you and I, Joanna? It makes me feel like I'm in the twilight zone or something. If you hadn't posted that you had received it, I think I would have gone totally 'round the bend.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 9:55am
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Joined: 04/24/2001 - 09:00

I have now forwarded the Nestle email I sent to my school Principal to two of the local school trustees.
Haven't heard anything from them but hope they might take an interest since our board (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board) actually has policy, procedure and protocol on severe, life-threatening allergies.
Anyone who is interested can find them on the school board site [url="http://www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca."]www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca.[/url] Click on Policies and Procedures.
[This message has been edited by JoannaG (edited April 30, 2001).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2001 - 3:28am
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Joined: 04/24/2001 - 09:00

I've now heard from the school trustee responsible for my area.
She wants to canvass the other schools in her zone before contacting Nestle, and asked permission (which I gave) to circulate the email I'd sent to her.
I'm just hoping that our concerns will be echoed by at least some of those schools.


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