Hershey\'s kisses...reaction????

Posted on: Sat, 01/10/2004 - 6:19pm
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I know several on here feel safe giving them to their peanut/tn allergic kids and I was giving them to my DD as well.
The other night she had a weird coughing/wheezing episode that required benadryl and her inhaler...and I am almost positive it was from the kisses.
Anyone had a similar problem with them at all?

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 12:21am
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sebastian, I'm sorry to hear of your dd's reaction. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] How scary! My dd has never had a problem with the kisses, fortunately. I am wondering one thing: to your knowledge, is your dd allergic to almonds? The reason I ask is because I have noticed that some bags of kisses state that they are made on the same line (or is it the same factory? - I can't remember, sorry) as products containing almonds.
I hope you get to the bottom of the problem. It is always so hard when we are not sure what caused a reaction.
Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 1:56am
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sebastian, you may want to try to find the old threads running about Hershey's. I'm Canadian and I know here they are labeled safely. Not sure about in the U.S. However, I do know that some friends of mine from PA.com were extremely surprised when I said that I had received Hershey's Sixlets from the U.S. and my PA child had eaten them. For some people, and for a reason (though not clear what it is), they are not comfortable with Hershey's. Even if you look at what kind of chocolate chips or cocoa people use, Hershey's has come up by some people as not okay.
You may want to check on the [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] website and see what it says about Hershey's there although I have noticed recently the information is not as up-to-date as it could be.
My son had a hive only reaction once to a cake mix by Duncan Hines. That's here in Canada where again, things are labeled well. I called the company and they said there was no way of cross-contamination. However, when I posted about it here, a lot of Canadian members told me they weren't comfortable with Duncan Hines and why.
I hope you're okay. I hate mystery reactions because although we pretty well know what caused them ourselves as the parent but when you get conflicting information from the manufacturer, it can be confusing.
See if you can check out the old threads and see why people aren't comfortable with Hershey's. We have never had a problem with the Hershey's Sixlets we've received from the U.S. but I bet you'll find a lot of people here whose children do not eat them or Hershey's Kisses and there has to be a reason why.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 2:18am
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I have eaten Hershey's kisses many tiems over the years and never had any problems at all.
I think some people are nervous because there are some Hershey products that do contain nuts. Hersheys nuggets with almonds. Hersheys kisses with almonds. etc...
As for me, I am totally comfortable with the regular Hershey's kisses. But I always check the label as Hersheys often adds "manufactured on the same equipment that processes almonds", etc warning to their products.
Maybe it was a "holiday edition" of Hersheys kiss you ate?
Best wishes in finding the source of your reaction - it is often not easy at all [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 4:06am
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sebastian, you're American (I checked your profile just so I could be clear). If you didn't know, studies have shown that a product labeled "made in" has a 1 in 12 chance of actually having peanut or whatever in it. So, a "made in a facility that also processes almonds" would give you a 1 in 12 chance of it coming into contact with almond products or having them actually in there.
Is your child TNA as well?
Do I have to physically look for all of the Hershey's threads?
I do know that Hershey's, in America, was off-limits for a lot of Americans posting here and I'm just not clear why. So far, you've only received one American response (California Mom), so you need to hear from more Americans and perhaps even ones that don't feel comfie with Hershey's.
We've never had a problem with Hershey's kisses or even the products that were sent to us from America, but that's just us. Just like how this week I had to wonder about Kinder Surprises. My PA son has eaten them since time began, but apparently they may not be okay. Oh, time to post question...... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I'll see what I can find on [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] though (I do have to contact Steve about asking him for a job up-dating the information on the site [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 4:12am
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Well, so much for that. This is the message I got when I tried to get to Steve's site:-
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I'll try to get to it later and post the Hershey's information. I'm really hoping there is some big people TV on tonight or I'm going to go bonkers.
I have to go out in the snow (can anyone tell I'm not a true Canadian?). I'm such a whiner.
erik, find me housing in Toronto, dear man. I want to come home! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I've only been gone 5 years and although I keep hearing horror stories about the city, I want to come home. Enough of this living in what the doctor the other night called "the backwaters". He's from Toronto but has certainly made a vast fortune here as a doctor (I can tell from the cars and motorcycle he drives).
Failing that, can I simply move to America, to warmer climes like California? Where did I post about my wonderful L.A. experience? Of course, I wouldn't do that again, start drinking Budweiser at 11:00 a.m. but the warmth, the warmth.
sebastian, I am so sorry. I have truly lost my mind. But I do know that there is stuff here that you have to find re Hershey's. I think you'll probably see, after reading everything (which may take days, not, but a long time) that it was the Hershey's kiss.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 5:55am
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Hi Cindy,
Rents in Toronto are VERY expensive. You may be better off moving to a smaller city. London? Barrie? Bowmanville? St. Catherines? I know that in the city, rents are expensive, especially due to the number of university and college students looking for accomodations at the numerous universities/colleges in the GTA.
As for Hersheys products in the USA, I think you will find that most Americans are comfortable with them. Hersheys Rolo, Hershey's Krackel, Hershey's Cookies N Creme (I know your son likes those [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ), Hershey's kisses, Hershey's bar (all regular size)... from postings I have read in the past, there are some who are cautious as Hershey does not have a nut-free guarantee, but in general, I think most Americans seem comfortable with Hershey.
I'll raise a thread or two in the manufacturers forum [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 7:42am
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I have always trusted Hershey's labeling practices until recently. During the Christmas season I was looking for safe chocolate for DS and noticed that not all of the Hershey's candy had warnings on them. For instance, I picked up a bag of their assorted chocolates which clearly contain Mr. Goodbars (which have peanuts in them) and there wasn't a single warning about that. So, I figured that since peanuts were listed in the ingredients, they felt that they didn't have to put a warning. But, then I picked up a bag of Hershey's kisses with almonds and even though almonds were listed in the ingredients, there was also a very clear warning about the almonds. Also, in the past, I noticed that their holiday kisses always had warnings on them, so we steer clear of those. But, this year (at least here on the West Coast), the holiday kisses had no warning. I don't know if that means they are safe now or Hershey's labeling is becoming lax considering the other bags of candy I saw. I haven't had a chance to call to question them about this, but will let you know what they say when I get a chance to do so.

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 8:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by B'sMom:
[b]I have always trusted Hershey's labeling practices until recently. During the Christmas season I was looking for safe chocolate for DS and noticed that not all of the Hershey's candy had warnings on them. For instance, I picked up a bag of their assorted chocolates which clearly contain Mr. Goodbars (which have peanuts in them) and there wasn't a single warning about that. So, I figured that since peanuts were listed in the ingredients, they felt that they didn't have to put a warning. [/b]
Hi B'sMom,
I think since peanuts are listed in the ingredient label for Mr Goodbars, Hershey did not feel it necessary to put a special allergy warning on the package. I rarely see allergy warnings on the packaging for products that contain peanuts (ie" Snickers, Oh Henry, etc). Since I always read the ingredient label, it is ok with me if allergy alerts are not added to the packaging (in my personal opinion - others may disagree and that is fine) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
As for why there was a warning on the Hershey kisses, I assume this would be because regular Hershey's kisses are safe, so Hersheys wants to emphasize that these kisses were not safe.
For example, Mr Goodbar is never safe and always contains peanuts so listing "peanuts" in the ingredient list is all they do, but kisses are usually safe so a special warning makes it stand out that they are not safe.
As for holiday kisses not having a warning, I was reading in the old threads which I raised and saw it noted that some of the holiday kisses may be run on unsafe lines and have a warning, while others may be made on safe lines and not have a warning (this info was from prior years), depending on which part of the country you are in.
So for me, I am still comfortable with Hersheys. Although I rarely eat it as I find Nestle and Cadbury chocolate to be of a higher quality. But I do occasionally eat Hershey kisses.
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Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 12:33pm
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erik, thank-you for re-raising the Hershey threads. I just know that some people were horrified when they heard I had American Sixlets in my home (but obviously not the PA parents who sent them to me).
Yes, I know rents are high in Toronto. I did take a look at the paper when I was in the walk-in within the last couple of weeks. Even Barrie, the rents are getting quite high. That's why, well, I might just head back to Stayner! LOL! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I did notice though that there were some relatively okay rents in Toronto as well, but certainly not for what I have now - a four bedroom house (forget about it being the barn house that it is, etc.). More for two bedroom apartments, etc.
What about co-op housing?
Or, maybe, I'll just leave the barn house at least at the end of June month and move back to the area of the city I like here and that will be okay. I was fine here until I got to the barn house. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
It is beautiful in the summer and my girlfriend who did move back to Toronto from here suggested I stay here while I'm raising my kids for safety reasons. I don't know. I just really miss Toronto. Perhaps that's why I've started to buy lotto tickets when the jackpot is high. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 12:40pm
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Hi Erik! Good points raised. I, too, wondered if they didn't put a warning on the assorted chocolates because peanuts are listed in the ingredients already. However, what threw me off were the kisses with almonds and the fact that those bags had the warning on them. I suppose you're right that they don't want people to confuse the regular and almond kisses. I still need to call them to confirm all of this. I'll let everyone know if they have changed anything.

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