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I just spoke with a representative at Hersheys regarding the products, he stated that if thier packaging doesn't state peanuts in it or a may contain peanuts then there isn't. He said they have an Allergy Task Team that stays on top of everything Can anyone shed some support to this or not? I am desperate to find some sort of chocolate that is safe to have in our house.???

On Apr 12, 2001

I have given plain Hershey's chocolate bars and plain Hershey's kisses to my daughter who is allergic to peanuts and have never had a problem. Hope this helps.

On Apr 12, 2001

I am comfortable eating Hershey's products when I read their labels. With the bite sized items, I make sure I read the package label or I don't eat it.

I have heard that they occasionally make holiday specialties which could be cross contaminated, so I don't eat their holiday kisses, etc.

WoozerMom

On Apr 12, 2001

My PA daughter takes dance with the daughter of a woman who worked as a Hershey's Rep. As soon as Rebecca was diagnosed she told me, rather proudly, about the different machines and separate lines. She was very knowledgeable for someone who wasn't daily in the factory. It's been a few years and Hershey's is one of the only chocolates still on our YES list. Arlene

On Apr 12, 2001

My PA son eats the Hershey Bars and Kisses (of course we always read the package first to make sure there is not a cross-contamination warning) and we have never had a reaction to it. I feel safe about Hersheys labeling.

On Apr 13, 2001

what about the chocolate syrup/

On Apr 13, 2001

I too have faith in Hershey products. We have used their syrup for years with no problems. They even make Easter bunnies!

On Apr 13, 2001

I just called about Sixlets too yesterday. She gave me the same information. I was going to buy kisses and then didnt because the Easter kisses had the warning. I just dont feel like a 2 year old can tell the difference between safe and unsafe!

On Apr 16, 2001

Has anyone used the Hershey's chocolate milk in the single servings container that comes in the vending machines? I would think that if the chocolate syrup and cocoa are safe, the this item would be too. Does anyone have experience with the single serving chocolate milk by Hershey?

On Apr 17, 2001

My daughter has had that choc. milk with no problem. We actually buy it in the big half-gallon size. She also eats plain Kisses and the Plain choc. bars. Another of her favorites is the Cookies 'N Cream bars and for Easter, the cookies 'n cream little eggs. Hope this helps!

On Apr 17, 2001

Yum! And the Krackle (safe equivalent of the unsafe Nestle's Crunch). Drool...

On Mar 25, 2002

Hubby and I bought some things for the kids' Easter baskets last night. Two things were questionable, but I thought they were safe (from info shared on the boards here). I called today to make sure.

They were Hersheys hollow milk chocolate eggs (5 oz.) with kisses inside, and the Robin eggs (reg. size and minis).

The rep. told me that Hersheys will label if there is any chance of cross-contamination. She mentioned that they carefully clean their lines, but put the "made in" label on so "we can choose for ourselves" if we want to take that chance. If there is no mention of peanuts on the label, then there is no chance at all of peanuts being in the product.

Sounds good to me. I'll feel better about using Hersheys from now on if this Easter goes off without a reaction. My son w/PA is 5 years old. We have avoided chocolate candies up to this point.

Just wanted to share the info from my call. Tammy

On Mar 25, 2002

I found a solid chocolate Easter bunny from Hershey's that had no "may contain" warning. I was so excited!

On Mar 27, 2002

Tammy,

Based upon what you posted and Hershey's reputation for decent labeling (sp? Does label(ing) have two l's--can't remember.), I decided to buy some of those Robin Eggs. I will call tomorrow because I want to make sure Hershey's does not act as a distributor for products bearing their name that are not made by Hershey--like their chocolate milk. I never did get a response back from Morningstar, which makes the Hershey chocolate milk.

Also, my local Target has big (about 12" tall, but skinny) yellow boxes of Sixlets. Since I ran out recently, I bought out a lot of Target's stock. I think my private inventory includes about a year's supply of Sixlets. Personally, I don't like them plain, but really enjoy them in cookies and ice cream. Oh, and they were cheap too. About $1.40/box.

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On Mar 28, 2002

My daughter breaks out in hives from eating Hershey's chocolates, but sporadically. We had thought she might be allergic to chocolate as well. We tried the Vermont Nut Free Chocolates... MMMmmm... They are THE BEST and are fun for the holiday's. My daughter has never had any welts, hives, or other problems. So, as you can guess. Hershey's is banned in our house. I have really begun to question whether or not manufacturers are really able to maintain high standards when peanuts are in the facility at all.

On Mar 29, 2002

Lari Bowen,

Did you buy Hershey products in single packs off shelves at the checkout line, or did you buy budget packs that are enclosed in boxes or things like Hershey 10-packs wrapped in plastic. The reason I ask is that I've seen some pretty gross things kids do to candy in the checkout lines which would put our PA children in serious danger. I never purchase products off of these shelves anymore.

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On Mar 29, 2002

Sorry--double post.

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On May 7, 2002

Just wanted to add that I called Hershey's today about a package of Chuckles candy we have in the house. The rep. was very serious in her explanation to me about their labelling. She mentioned the allergy task force team and that they tour the facilities, and if they have any concerns regarding any unintended allergens, they mention it on the label. I asked again, if that meant the candies with no warnings of traces or "Manufactured in" or "may contain", meant that they were indeed made on dedicated lines. She coreccted me saying the products would not be made on dedicated lines, but on nut free lines. So, she even got more specific, in that the candies share lines with other candies, but not nut cotaining candies. She was very resuuring and took this very seriously.

I am just generally leary of chocolate overall, because so much of it is made with nuts(we have TN and PN allergies), and human error is always a possibility, but I may use more hershey products now, until I have a reason to doubt their statement. I thought I would raise this and add my call, to help others decide and see that they are giving very consistent responses these days. becca

On May 7, 2002

Thanks Becca!

I've spoken to reps from Hershey's before, and I've always been nervous when they say that they don't use dedicated lines. None of the others explained it quite that way. If this is indeed true, I'll feel much better about using their products.

Amy

On May 7, 2002

Just to be clear, there may be a shared line where candy with and without nuts are both run, but these such products *should* have some type of warning on them. That is what I understood her comments to mean. Just so I am clear here. Products without warnings should be safe from cross contamination, according to our conversation, but may be made on shared equipment making other products. I had asked specifically if my chuckles were made "on a dedicated line", so she was trying to be clear that chuckles are not made on their own exclusive line, I believe. It is like splitting hairs, huh?! becca

On May 7, 2002

sjmaw - There is always Vermont Nut Free Chocolate. Their chocolate is made in a completely nut-free facility (check the home page of PA.com for a link).

When I called Hersey a while back, they told me that lines were sometimes shared, but they labelled if they felt that their was cross-contamination. She couldn't specify to me how that determination was made, she just kept reading me the same answer off of some script.

On Feb 24, 2003

Raising to see if anyone else has safely tried the Easter Robin eggs. There is no warning on the package.

Jaime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Feb 24, 2003

I just checked a bunch of bags of the candy coated eggs, but I forget the precise name,(are those the robbin's eggs?), foiled eggs, and another item(now I forget), all by Hershey for Easter. They all had "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts/almonds". I live in the Northeast. Not sure if they could be made in different facilities, but thought I would share. becca

On Feb 24, 2003

I just spoke with Hershey this morning about the Robin Eggs.......my package has no warning. I got the standard answer "if we had any concerns we would put that on the package, we take food allergies very seriously" She would not specifically say it was made in a nut free facility.....she kept repeating the above statement..."if we had any concerns...." So, I guess it is a comfort level issue, I would love to know if anyone has safely tried them. I am not sure I will let my PA son try them because we have so much other safe options and he only needs so much chocolate!!

On Feb 24, 2003

Correction. The Robin's Eggs are the whopper in an egg shape and candy coated, and I saw some today with no warning. There is another product with candy coating and solid chocolate inside which *has* the warning. Not sure if I would try them, as you said. I get a little nervous about the Hershey statement, but we do use Hershey products. I just stick to a few basics(the cocoa, baking chips, and kisses are a new one for us). becca

On Feb 24, 2003

Hi Becca,

I think you are fine with Hershey's chocolate. Here in Canada anyway, they have really good labelling - for example:

- manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts

- manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts

It sounds like you are feeling a bit unsure about them, but I think they do label very well, so in my opinion I do not have any concerns eating their products.

(if I was in the USA I would eat Hersheys more often, but being in Canada we have lots of Nestle and Cadbury products available, so I only eat Hershey products occasionally).

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

On Feb 24, 2003

Hi all, Last year we tried the Hershey's robin eggs (whoppers with color) and ds did fine with them. My cz allows Hershey's if is is not labelled as "made in..." or "made on..." HTH. Kristi

On Feb 25, 2003

We bought Robin Eggs last year and had no problems with them. Just as long as it says "Manufactured by" with no peanut warning, I feel comfortable with Hershey's products.

Same with their syrup, although I'm very careful because some of them say "Manufactured for", in which case I don't buy those.

On Feb 25, 2003

I just spoke with Hershey's yesterday regarding "manufactured for" and was told that the same processes and allergen warnings would apply to these products as well. She was very particular in telling me to read the ingredients list as well as looking for an allergy statement.

On Mar 9, 2003

MORE CANDY - HOORAY!

I did a search for Hershey because I have avoided them for years. I came across a post elsewhere on this board referring to them as being safe, so started hunting to find out about Canada.

Thanks again Erik [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

On Mar 9, 2003

Hi Anna Marie,

Yes.. Hershey Canada is really good at labelling too. Next time you are at Shopper's Drug Mart, check out all the Hershey products. They always use:

manufactured in a facility that uses nuts

manufactured on the same equipnent that processes nuts

They have really detailed nut warnings, soit is easy to know whcih products are nut-free. The regukar Hershey bar does have a nut warning on it in Canada (In the USA there is no warning), but there are some other Hershey products with no warning.

On Mar 9, 2003

Is Hershey still really dark chocolate? Not to criticize other brands, but none of my *safe* chocolates are dark and that's why I've been wanting Hershey.

Of course, once I get my fill of that, I'll be missing something else. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Mar 9, 2003

Hi Anna Marie,

I think Hersheys may make a safe dark chocolate bar, but I can't remember.

You could also try eating "AERO DARK". It is made by Nestle Canada in the nut-free Toronto facility.

I think Cadbury Canada still makes the "CARAMILK DARK", which is also safe.

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On Mar 10, 2003

You're just a *Candy Thesaurus* aren't you? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

I wondered why everyone called you CandyMan, I guess I sure got my answer.

Thanks again.

On Mar 10, 2003

Hi Anna Marie,

You're welcome.

I saw a large size "Hersheys Special Dark" (100g??) at lunch time, but it had a peanut warning... hmm. maybe the regular size may be ok .. if I see it anywhere I'll let you know.

So for now, the only safe dark chocolate I can think of is Nestle Aero dark and Cadbury Caramilk dark.

Also, the new Coffee Crisp French Vanilla has a dark chocolate coating. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 31, 2003

I'm currently feeling a little uneasy about Hersheys. I called them today.

I was told if they felt there was any risk a *may contain* warning would be on the package. I asked if that meant if it ran on the same line as a peanut product it would have a warning and she said "not necessarily".

She said that "as recommended by the FDA they do an allergen wash". Canadian and US Hershey products are both labelled the same (unlike many other companies) and they strictly follow the recommendations of the Canadian FDA.

But, Canada doesn't have an FDA does it? We have the CFIA. I checked the CFIA web-page and although I found a lot of information about labelling regarding allergies, I found nothing about an allergen wash.

What is this *allergen wash*?

On Oct 31, 2003

Not specific to Hershey, but when other companies have explained an allergen wash, it seems to include totally breaking down equipment parts and cleaning very thouroughly. Might even include swabbing for allergens. I have more faith in this than a statement saying we follow good manufacturing guidelines, rinsing between runs or such. I worry about particles getting stuck and it seems better to break down equipment.

However, watching "Unwrapped" is very educational, just to see manufacture of many sweets. It is a show on the food network. These places are huge warehouses and huge machines. It just sort fo grosses me out sometimes, even in terms of thinking about machine parte and lube and grease that makes them go! Never mind nuts. Anything with lots of crumbs seems impossible to really clean all the way up, even with hoses and such. It is just so cavernous in these places.

I do trust Hershey and we have been fine. Have even been branching out. Gotta be able to have something! becca

On Nov 1, 2003

I agree with Becca. Hersheys uses "manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts" and "manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts" warning labels so I do trust their labelling. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 2, 2003

Until this phone call I trusted them too. But anybody claiming to follow Canadian FDA regulations obviously doesn't know what they are talking about. (I realize this could just be the person who answers the phone doesn't know the difference between our countries, but she should if she's answering those questions.)

I've been searching for information about the FDA - hoping to find out about this *allergen wash* but I'm not finding any web-sites.

Maybe a lot of the companies I have been feeling safe with use this method - and maybe it really is safe. I'd just like to check it out and I'm lost.

If anybody knows of web-sites for the FDA regarding labeling practices, food allergies, or *allergen wash*, please let me know.

On Nov 2, 2003

Hi Anna Marie,

Long time no talk.. how are you?

In reading the labels on Hersheys I think they are fine. The majority of their products have "manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts" or "manufactured on the same equipment that uses peanuts"...

so if there is no warning I would think it is fine [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

ie: hershey kisses, etc

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