Hershey\'s Chocolate

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 6:13am
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Does anyone know if plain Hershey bars are safe? I am pretty sure they are, since I've eaten products, such as Brownies, which had Hershey's chocolate in them. I was just curious to see if anyone knew for sure. Thanks

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 8:46am
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pnot an expert but i thought all Hershey's products were considered unsafe due to cross contamination issues./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 9:33am
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pI called Hershey's about their semi-sweet chocolate chips in December. I had noticed that the warning label was on their white chocolate chips and not on the semi-sweet and wanted to find out if I needed to stop giving them to my son. The lady on the phone said that if they did not have the warning on the bag they were okay ... I am still unsure about giving the chips to him due to the fact that I know Hershey's does produce peanut butter chips (at what plants I do not know). The whole Kit Kat issue that is on another thread ... one day the warning label is not there ... and then it is ... and then a few months later it is gone again! Yes, I am rambling. I guess I would just say call and see if they are processing peanuts (any nuts) in the plant where that candy bar was made. Good Luck. Susan/p

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 3:06pm
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pI understand that Hershey plain chocolate is produced on either a completely separate line or in a separate plant, since they produce so much of it, it is a dedicated line/and or facility...Anyone who has called, please post here. As far as the chocolate chips go, I trust they are also ok, since my pa daughter eats them (in our choc. chip cookies etc.).br /
Again, Kit Kat is ok at least here in Canada, not sure about US./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 10:03pm
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pI called Hershey's a few months ago because I had "heard" that some of their production methods had changed. Several years ago, if you called, they would tell you that all of their candy had the threat of cross contamination. When I called the last time, I was told that in the last 2 years, Hershey's had recognized the growing concern for food allergies and that they had established a "food allery taskforce" to examine all of their production methods and to determine which foods were safe. Hershey's plain chocolate bars are produced on their own equipment in an area (room) of the plant that is nut-free. If any Hershey's product is processed in this manner, there will be no warning on the label. If the Hershey's product is manufactured in the same room as a nut product the warning will say "this product manufactured in facility which produces nut products"..or something like that. If the product is produced on shared equipment the warning will be more strict saying something like "this product may contain nuts". I felt very confident with their knowledge on food allergies and knowledge of their product lines. I have since been giving my son Hershey bars and all has been well.br /
Christine/p

Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2000 - 12:32am
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pThank you guys so much for your help! I will call Hershey myself just to hear it from them (I'm sure all of you know what that's like!), but I really appreciate the informed, warm support on this board. It makes me feel like less of a freak! Thanks!/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2000 - 12:01pm
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pBoy was I way off! but that is great news! Hershey's chocolate is a personal favorite!/p

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2000 - 1:25pm
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pI give my PA daughter the plain Hershey choc. bars and the cookies cream variety, and the plain kisses. Although sometimes I feel insecure about the kisses as they do make the almond ones and I am paranoid they may put the wrong color foil on. We actually visited the Hershey choc. factory in Penn. this summer. All the chocolate is made in one room and then sent off to different areas for their 'additives' (nuts, cookies, etc). At the end of the tour, I asked the lady giving out the chocolate bars how they handle the pnut allergy issue. She said that the plain bars are safe, and they are very aware of the allergy situation and if nuts are used in any product, they will list them. Also, like Christine said, they will put a 'warning' on the label if there was a chance of cross-contamination./p

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2000 - 1:42pm
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pI live in the U.S. I couldn't wait to call Hershey today to verify some of the info. here. I was told that only the 1.55 oz. Hershey plain choc. bar is made on a line dedicated to this one item and it is nut free. All other sizes all other Hershey products are not guaranteed nut-free. However, it is right next to a line that is not nut-free and peanuts are on that line. They could not guarantee that cross contamination would not occur when I mentioned the peanut dust factor. Since this product is not manufactured in a nut-free environment (it is not enclosed as a separate room or separate ventilation), I do not consider it safe for my "airborne" p.a. child. I have been looking for a choc. bar that her siblings could have without being scared that she might have a reaction from touch. Fortunately, she doesn't even like choc. I don't think it is worth the risk. I will let her siblings have it but she will not eat it. I expressed to them my concerns, thanked them for their efforts, and suggested this line be enclosed with separate ventilation or moved to a totally nut-free environment. I felt like I gave them something to think about./p

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2000 - 9:37pm
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pFrom The South,br /
WOW!! This is a totally different response than what I got. While I do not believe my child is "airborne" allergic, I do take the peanut dust factor into account and I was pretty specific when I asked the Hershey's rep about proximity to nut produced lines. She assured me that the Hershey bars were pretty much in a separate room. Linda-Jo's "tour" of the factory seems to support this. Now I have to wonder if you can ever get a good answer from anyone.br /
Christine/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2000 - 2:37am
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pYou may also want to contact Ghiardelli Chocolates. They have a NUT FREE PLANT in California. They will teach you how to read the package to find out if it came from this wonderful plant! Also, they sent me a pile of allergy related articles, magazines and coupons. I was so please by the professional and helpful response. By the way I have used Hershey's cocoa powder and syrup for my egg, PA child with no problems. Also, check out the Vermont Chocolate site...We order chocolate chips from them regularly. They will take special precautions for my son's egg allergy! Good Luck!/p

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