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Has anyone evere had their Doctor send a letter to have Heinz reveal what the "Natural Flavoring" is? just curious

On May 22, 2008

What are you avoiding? If the natural flavorings contain any of the top 8 allergens they have to disclose that on the label.

On May 22, 2008

its probably some kind of tomatoe or seasoning?? maybe lemon?

By mustard and peanutmom on Oct 23, 2009

Hi My daughter has the peanut and mustard allergies also. It was so difficult to obtain info from Heinz as I recall. They were a bit defensive about my inquiry re whether their ketchup contained mustard. I even had a doctor's note . I didn't bother to mail it. I learned that the Stop& Shop brand was free of mustard and we have that in our home. For a long time I had no ketchup or salad dressing. i learned that Ken's Steak House out of Mass. was very friendly when it came to being honest about their mustard free dressings .They offered to send a list to me. Many cos. are good Kraft was good. But the main problem I feel is we are behind the times 26+ countries are labeling for mustard allergy U.K. Europe totally and now Canada. When will our country do the same is the question ? I find it odd that this wonderfully progressive country is trailing behind a bit in this area. Those of us who must fend for our children would like the same fair open policy when it comes to reading labels . Mustard is a strong allergen. It should be dealt with ASAP. Thanks.

On May 22, 2008

We have to avoid Peanuts and Mustard...the mustard is the hard one

By pascalthecat on Aug 29, 2009

bump...anyone do the doctor's letter for sesame?

By elissag on Sep 25, 2009

Why mustard-is there cross-contamination?

By gw_mom3 on Oct 12, 2009

I'm guessing the OP or someone in her family is allergic to mustard...

By mustard and peanutmom on Oct 23, 2009

Cross contamination can happen if you are asking It was on a piece of bread pretzel that touched my then 3 yr old 's mouth and that set off a chain of a severe reaction . I fortunately had been given an epi pen jr. for the peanut allergy just prior and I needed to use it when huge hives and throat closing sounds were happening . It was something I wish no one had to be surprised with . I called 911 and the paramedics said that I saved her life. life is fragile. You have to be careful with mustard allergy In our case it seemed faster than a peanut reaction which was always treatable with Benadryl.Epi pens are a real lifesaver. In my lifetime that was the only time I ever used one even while preschool teaching many moons ago never did we speak of the allergy issue as it is today.!!

By mamabearserenity on Oct 24, 2009

Do you have a standard doctor's letter for companies that request it to give out proprietary info. Or do you have to get a new letter each time you need one for a particular company? Thanks.

No mustard allergy here. We do use Heinz products- like Teriyaki sauce, ketchup, and Orieda fries/tator tots by Heinz. They say they label for cross-contam. and if it were in there in any way, it would be on the label. Let me know if you find out anything different. I thought they were good about this. But I do understand your concern about natural flavorings and I don't know much about the realm of a mustard allergy. Good Luck with that. :)

US is behind Canada in so many ways in regards to food allergy management in schools and labeling laws. I didn't know we were behind Europe too. This gives me hope if my sons wants to travel when he's older. What am I saying, he's 9 and already wants to see the world. I hope our government gets their act together and passes stricter labeling laws requiring companies to label for cross-contamination. It's nice to see so many more doing it voluntarily. I found some think this is required. I don't tell them otherwise. ;)

By Ashleys mom on Nov 18, 2009

I know this is an old post, but I knew the quality control manager at one of the heinz plants and they said the natural flavorings are bug parts, and even snakes, etc. from the tomatoe fields. They are allowed so many parts per million. yup, pretty disgusting.

By gw_mom3 on Nov 18, 2009

While I don't dispute that there are probably bug (and whatever) parts in the product, I am pretty sure these parts don't actually make up the natural flavorings.