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Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 2:59am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 9:57am
Lauren Cover's picture
Joined: 08/27/2003 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Wed, 03/27/2002 - 8:54am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited March 27, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 3:10pm
Lari Bowen's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 8:01am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited March 29, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2002 - 8:03am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Sorry--double post.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited March 29, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 3:14am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 4:22am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 4:47am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 11:20am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

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.


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