HIves from a Pillsbury quick bread

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 11:15am
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I called Pillsbury regarding a Cinnamon swirl quick bread, they reassured me there were no peanuts in the product and no kind of nuts were used in the plant where this was made. I gave a slice to my severely pa son and in 15 minutes he had hives~I couldn't believe it-I called them back and they have still reassured me there were no peanuts...I am having the bread tested through the FDA~I just want to be sure, just in case he is becoming allergic to something else (I sure hope not!) It has been over 24 hours and he still has hives that come and go~this is so scary. He has already went into anaphalactic shock the first time he had peanut butter--I am having flashbacks-I was up all night last night with a flashlight and my epipen-staring at him. Anyway, I just wanted to send out a warning, just in case, and I will post any results I get from the FDA. (the only allergy information listed on the product was regarding eggs)

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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 12:05pm
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Colleen:
I'm sorry to hear about the hives. I'm concerned that they haven't gone away yet. Have you been treating them with anything? Benadryl? I ask because my son had hives that would not go away even with Benadryl, and (hindsight 20/20) we now know it was because the allergen was still present... his Pull-ups. I'm not suggesting Pull-ups are the cause, just that maybe the allergen/irritant is still present. Is there any chance that the reaction is from something else? If the hives start to go away after a dose of Benadryl, then come back in 3-4 hours, I'd consider that maybe something else is causing them. Just a thought, based on what we went through.

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 1:11pm
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I have to ask the same question as LAM, are you treating him with benadryl? My son had a reaction awhile ago to a nutrigrain bar. He had eaten them everyday for breakfast and stopped for a few weeks. After the break, I had given him another one and he broke out in hives around his eyes.
I immediately gave him benadryl and the hives were gone within a few minutes. When I called his allergist, he said he must be reacting to something in the nutrigrain bar. My son has only been tested for peanuts. When I called the company, I was assured that they were made in a peanut-free facility and there was no chance for cross-contamination.
The hives kept coming back when the benadryl wore off (every 4-6 hours). The allergist said this was normal and it should take 3-4 days for his body to rid the allergen. I hope your son (and you) are doing better. Take care. Deanna

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 2:16pm
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Oh, tough nights to get through! We have had hives last two weeks, with the allergist saying that was normal (for someone with my sons severity of reactions). The second week they mostly just came after bath, etc.
Keep us posted on Pillsbury. Their answers have not been very consistent to me, so I'm always a little leary...
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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 2:49pm
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ColleenC., as others have posted, I would definitely look for another source of the hives. However, there is a thread under Manufacturers re Pillsbury and apparently many PA parents are not terribly pleased with them. I'm sorry, I should have checked your profile before I posted, but are you in Canada or the U.S.? I believe our Canadian Pillsbury products are clearly labeled (I may be mistaken and certainly don't mind being corrected), but I understand that in America they're not so great.
This reminds me of a reaction both of my children had to Multi-Grain Cheerios a couple of years ago. The warning it had was "may contain trace almonds". They both developed rashes around their mouths. They went away fairly quickly but I was still freaked. I called General Mills as soon as I got home and I was told that they were made in a "peanut-free" facility so there was no possibility that there was a peanut product in there.
Now, as it turns out, I do avoid any tree nut products and do not buy any that say "may contain trace almonds, walnuts, whatever" and I may have started doing that after this reaction. My PA son especially liked that type of Cheerios and despite it's sugar coating I thought the multi-grain was a good balance.
At any rate, neither children are allergic to almonds since I have had them tested and neither of them are allergic to anything that was in the box at all. So that one would remain a mystery for me. In fact, my daughter is allergic to nothing at all, except for the positive she scored for milk (don't know the # of the score yet) which she drinks by the gallon each day with absolutely no evidence of any type of reaction!
I am so sorry to hear that both you and your child went through this and I'm hoping you get more sleep tonight. Also, the Benadryl question people have raised in their threads above is also very valid. I would look for another source but I would also e-mail Pillsbury to see if you could get something in writing (sorta) rather than speaking on the phone with someone. I still maintain that if you call a particular manufacturer, with say 10 people manning the phones for these types of questions, we may very well come up with 10 different answers depending on the company and also the individuals answering the phones.
Again, I hope you and your little guy are okay. Please let us know what happens. And, what wonderful information to have, for Americans, that you can have a suspect food tested by the FDA. How do you do that?
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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 11:01pm
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(My apologies if someone has already mentioned this, I scanned these posts pretty quickly.) My thought -- Was this the first time for the child to have cinnamon? If so, maybe have the allergist test for cinnamon allergy? Hang in there! EB

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 12:58am
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Thank you so much for all of your support~it brought me to tears! I didn't realize you all could understand what we are going through~thank you again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I have been treating him with Benadryl every 4 hours...however yesterday he didn't have any for 8 hours and then they started popping out everywhere! This morning he had them as well...I gave him Benadryl and they have gone...so far. I haven't given him anything new?? What was in the pullups that he was allergic to? His allergy doctor is calling me this afternoon~
He has had cinnamon before?? I did think of another allergen..that is why I wanted the bread tested, to see if there is peanut present (which would be good) because then I would know it was that. But if not, he is probably allergic to God knows what!! We went through this hive thing for 2 months when he was 1 (he is 3 now) until we figured out it was peanuts. I had never knowingly gave him peanuts, and when I gave him a bite of a peanutbutter cookie he vomited, broke out in hives and wasn't able to breathe. I guess that's why I am so stressed about it-just so afraid I am giving him something (not knowingly) that will cause him to not be able to breathe.
I called the local FDA office and spoke with a very helpful woman who wanted it to be investigated.
I am in the US...I hope I answered everyone's questions..my printer is broken so I am not able to print out everyone's response. I am trying to remember everything on a few hours sleep~lol..Thank you all again~I appreciate all of your help.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 1:20am
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When my son had an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin, it took over a week for the hives to stop. They ended up putting him on Prednisone because of how widespread they were, his history,etc. Not to discourage you, but it may take a few more days.
BTW, how do you get something tested thru the FDA? This is very valuable info!
Hang in there - we've all been thru those nights of watching them - this is definitely the place to come for sympathy and understanding.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 4:51am
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Colleen:
Goodness... I just hate it for you that you are still dealing with this. I just want to address the question back to me. We never found out exactly what caused the reaction to the Pull-Ups, but I have absolutely no doubt that's what it was from. The allergist did a patch test, but the patches were only allowed to be left on for 2 days - not long enough, in my opinion. There is another person here on the boards who is still trying to figure out why her daughter is reacting to diapers/pull-ups. Her user name is rebekah. I hope your allergist can help you pin this down today! Good luck to you, and take care.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 7:24am
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I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you and your child are going through this. I really feel for you. Hopefully it will soon pass. I'm glad (and surprised) to hear the FDA is cooperative and I'm interested to know how far they follow through on this. keep us updated. best wishes.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 12:23pm
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Just a response to Cindy Cook. I agree with all of you. Pillsbury is very inconsistent with their replies. I have had one person tell me those special holiday cookies (roll that you cut) for halloween and christmas etc. were o.k. I called them back and another person told me they were not. I stay away from all of their products. The reason for the reaction with the product that said "may contain almonds"..may be because the almonds may have cross contaminated with peanuts at its place of processing (not the cereal co.)Just a thought. I don't feed my daughter anything with nuts of any kind. I dont want to take any risks.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 6:28pm
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Sorry to add this to a discussion about a reaction to bread, but my daughter had reactions to Huggies diapers and to Pull-ups, she couldn't wear them for more than one day at a time. Shes not allergic to anything else at all. Pampers never affected her though. I think that the lack of Pull-ups during potty training helped actually - she was completely trained within a week (my goodness, I'm making her sound like a puppy!) at 2 years 1 month old. BTW, other mothers I know had the same problem with Huggies, and their kids have also never reacted to anything else either.
Colleen, I'm really sorry to hear about your son. I don't know anything about this bread, mainly the ingredients, but are there spices in it? I sometimes react slightly to things with "spices" in the ingredients. I think it could be something to do with the source of the spices and the manufacturing/processing process they go through before they get to a pn/tn free plant.
I hope he gets better soon.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2000 - 1:03am
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Aren't hives frustrating and worrisome! I am so sorry you are having to deal with this (and then they go on and on. . . ).
My son broke out in hives (big time) 5 hours after eating a pizza from a place that provides pizza to the school district and certifies it "peanut-free".
Our allergist said often the cause of hives is never determined and that sometimes people even get hives from cold viruses.
Hope they go away soon!

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2000 - 6:10am
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Could the hives be from the tomato sauce, my PA daughter has problems with tomatoes too. Just a thought Quote:Originally posted by Helen:
[b]Aren't hives frustrating and worrisome! I am so sorry you are having to deal with this (and then they go on and on. . . ).
My son broke out in hives (big time) 5 hours after eating a pizza from a place that provides pizza to the school district and certifies it "peanut-free".
Our allergist said often the cause of hives is never determined and that sometimes people even get hives from cold viruses.
Hope they go away soon! [/b]

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2000 - 1:19pm
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This may seem like strange input, I'm not sure. My PA son has had, what it seemed like a rash on his back for perhaps the last month. Upon further close inspection a couple of weeks ago, I actually recognized it to be ezcema. But because I've never seen him with hives, I don't know if a rash = hives per se. Just a thought! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Oh yes, and in regard to Pillsbury, in another thread I did wish that they saw the Pillsbury Dough Boy in anaphylactic shock so they would smarten up! I'm sorry, I know that sounds funny, it wasn't meant to be, but this company really doesn't seem to get it.
I think it might be more American than Canadian and I haven't been able to check their labeling here (you know the horrors I have grocery shopping!) but it is something I do want to explore further, and until I can, I'm not trusting them. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2000 - 12:16pm
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Colleen, so sorry to hear about your son's hives. I have sat up crying at night also, watching my sweet 4 yr. old sleep. It is an impossibly helpless feeling.
FYI, I called Pillsbury recently about their frostings. Our son is allergic to all tree nuts as well, and Pillsbury makes a coconut pecan frosting. I wondered if their other frostings like plain vanilla would be OK. I was told their company has no dedicated lines or facilities. I was thinking at one point of buying their quick bread mix - the cranberry is so good, but even though it is not labeled with a "may contain" for peanuts or nuts... I can't trust it...they make banana nut bread mix too.
I think Pillsbury is falling in line with the other companies that say, "we only label what we are legally required to label." That line is getting old, and frankly it really makes me mad. They have no idea what that attitude is doing to our children and how it is aging their mothers.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2000 - 12:40pm
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this, so excuse me if I make mistakes. I've been reading all of your posts for a couple of months and have benefited from the information you have provided.
I was shocked when I read the post about Pillsbury Quick Bread. My PA son also recently had a reaction (hives) after eating the cranberry quick bread. I, too, read the allergy warning on the box (it said it was manufactured on equipment that processes egg product). I called Pillsbury to find out any further information. They were very appologetic - but they insisted that no other nut or peanut products were processed on that line. Although there are other "nut" quick breads, they assured me that the nuts were contained in separate packages.
I thought maybe his hives were due to the olive oil or cranberrys I used. Or - he also had a Kit Kat bar earlier as well. I thought I had that covered because I called Hershey regarding the inconsistant packaging of kit kats (some say processed in a facility that processes peanuts and some don't). They assured me that if the labeling did not contain an allergy warning, then I should be assured that it would be OK for my son to eat. Now I don't know what to believe!
By the way, Pillsbury reported the incident to their quality assurance department. They in turn called me, took additional information, and sent me free coupons for their products and a Pillsbury Dough Boy for my son!
Sorry this post is so long. I would be interested in how others have dealt with the Kit Kat issue as well. It's about the only candy bar my son could eat - now I'm afraid to give it to him. Thanks.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2000 - 3:11pm
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Hello David's Mom
The KitKat thing is a drag at this house. We were down to KitKats and York Pepermint patties, but now we don't do any chocolate at all. It is seeming too risky, and too confusing when he's out in the world without me and making decisions on his own. We are, however, going to give the Vermont Nut Free stuff a try. Quite a luxury, but my son's wanting some chocolate bad!!
Head Cook

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2000 - 5:17pm
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my 4 year old son also had a reaction to "safe" pillsbury slice and bake holiday cookies.

Posted on: Sun, 12/03/2000 - 8:58am
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Now, I'm wondering if the problems with Pillsbury are more American than Canadian. I was grocery shopping to-day without my children (can you believe it? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ) and I was actually able to read the labels on their One Step Brownies and two different kinds of Christmas Cookies, the slice and bake ones.
Well, to me, they appeared to be very clearly labeled and without any warning. The reason I say clearly is that when they listed a vegetable oil, they put in brackets which of two oils it may be and in another ingredient they also bracketed beside indicating what this may include.
So, unless I'm mistaken, I think Pillsbury is very clear in their labeling in Canada. I will probably post the question in the Canadians thread, but to me, I would feel comfortable from the way their labeling was done to buy their products. Actually, rather than going into the Canadians thread, perhaps I should start a Canadian Pillsbury thread.
At any rate..... Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 12/03/2000 - 10:17am
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Well, my son hasn't had hives for almost 48 hours!! YAY! Thank God that's over (for now!) Anyway, we are going to the allergy doctor tomorrow (monday) I don't expect him to be able to tell me much~we'll see...I think we will know more when the bread is tested. I cannot believe Pillsbury~I am so angry right now. The more I read about all of your kids reactions to the products the more I really think their products have peanut/nuts in them. (was I naive in believing them?)The woman even told me he must have been allergic to something else!! I am going to call the FDA again tomorrow to find out when they will be testing the bread and I will also let them know about how many other people have been reacting to their products and what the company's response has been. I received the same response and a woman called me from Quality Assurance to "assure" me that there were no peanut products,etc....and was going to send me free coupons,etc...(what, to really do my son in???) I hope it is okay with everyone that I am going to let her know about other reactions??? I will keep you posted...
My son also has had reactions to "Peanut-free" pizza, just hives around his mouth, but I really think it is from the tomato sauce. Or maybe the spices in it?? I never worried about them because they were small, only around his mouth and always went away within an hour.
I ordered Halloween candy from the Vermont Nut free and it was great! My son loved it-What a great feeling to let him eat something I didn't have to worry about at all. I will be ordering some for his stocking! Definitely try it!! (the chocolate covered raisins were yummy!!)

Posted on: Sat, 12/09/2000 - 11:46am
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THANK YOU, (edited)!!!!! PILLSBURY FLOUR IS PRODUCED ON THE SAME LINE AS PEANUT PRODUCT?!!! OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! I AM SO MAD AT THEM FOR NOT LABELING THEIR FLOUR AS BEING PRODUCED ON SAME LINES!!
I found your earlier post -- it's dated Feb. 2000. For anyone interested, do a whole board search using "Pillsbury" in the word search & "(edited)" in the name & you'll find it. I was not avidly reading the boards last February due to travels, so I missed your post about Pillsbury flour.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] I am LIVID that Pillsbury would not label their products to reflect the shared machinery. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
And now I have the perfect use for that Pillsbury Dough Boy Doll -- use him to test your expired EpiPens out. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
I need more than a small vent valve at this point to blow off steam about this. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I also feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOO stupid that I did not know about this. I am wondering how many others on this board do/ don't know? I will post a quick note on the Unexpected Sources thread about this.
There will be a mountain of flour in my garbage can tomorrow & a flaming letter on the way to Pillsbury this week.
Did I mention I'm mad?
EB
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Posted on: Sun, 12/10/2000 - 4:47am
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Just to give everyone a quick rundown of some of the NUMEROUS products under the Pillsbury umbrella:
([url]http://www.pillsbury.com/about/brandproducts.asp[/url])
Imagine the cross-contamination issue if they use their possibly-Peanut tainted Pillsbury flours in any of those products?
So much to learn. So little time.
EB
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Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2000 - 3:18am
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(copy of post also included under "Unexpected Source" thread.)
Pillsbury update:
After spending most of my son's nap time yesterday on the phone with Pillsbury representatives, this is the best I can do regarding current info on their flours:
> They do NOT produce any "peanut flour" anywhere. Period.
> After 3 conversations with 3 different rep's, it seems as though SOME flour products MAY have some production connection with peanut/nut containing products. Their senior rep who called me was insistent that the chances are very slim of any peanut cross-contamination with their flour products. She would NOT go so far as to say they would be safe for my PA child.
> The 1 bag of Pillsbury Whole Wheat flour that I had my main concern with was definitely NOT produced in any mill/plant with ANY peanut product. [This particular info shot down my theory as to the source of my son's new & outrageous hives. -- He has tested negative for wheat allergy & has NO problems with other wheat products.]
In all 3 conversations I maintained my position that ANY of their products -- flours or otherwise -- which share ANY production/packaging machinery with peanut or nut should be labeled as such.
All 3 rep's were professional and cautious in their conversations with me. "CYA" (cover yer ***) is all-important to them when they talk to a customer about a potential or perceived problem with one of their products. None of them would admit Pillsbury's need for more truthful labeling.
Will I buy or use any Pillsbury items now?
*** NO WAY. ***
I'm just sorry that when one rep offered to send me something (coupons, anything??) to make up for my troubles I couldn't come up with just the perfect thing:
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] one of their Pillsbury dough boy dolls to use to test out our expired Epi-pens! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Seriously, I did also contact General Mills (manufacturer of Gold Medal flours) and they confirmed that ALL of their flour products are peanut-free and nut-free and run on dedicated lines. Their rep said that once the acquisition of Pillsbury is final, one should expect that at least the labeling requirements will be held to the General Mills stricter & more explicit standard.
Our local foodbank will be getting all my unopened Pillsbury flours and I'm off to the grocery store!
EB

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2000 - 2:00pm
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ajas_folks, great minds do think alike! I was re-reading this thread and when I read the post, several ones higher from yours, from davidsmom, I wanted to ask her if I could have David's Pillsbury Dough Boy because I had an expired Epi-Pen that I wanted to practice with! LOL!
Although I am joking about it, I am actually quite angry that a company this large and well known and with the fat little dough boy, who is oh so cute to children (and adults) could be this ignorant!
What if we all tried to acquire a Pillsbury Dough Boy from them (not buy one, because that would add insult to injury), stick them with an expired Epi-Pen and mail them to the head office? On this one, aside from the safety measures or concerns, I would be totally serious. If the company received en masse, the symbol of the products, with an Epi-pen in it, they may sit up and take notice! Again, aside from the safety concerns of the medication in the Epi-pen and the sharp of the Epi-pen, I would actually do this.
I don't buy their products, except every once and awhile I will buy their crescent rolls, which the kids love done with the hot dogs and cheddar cheese (the recipe is right on the wrapper). I'm going to have to investigate further before I even purchase them again. I am not pleased [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2000 - 2:04pm
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ColleenC., I'm sorry, I had wanted to address your concern about tomato sauce and a rash or redness around your child's mouth. It was about a month ago, I decided to actually come in here and ask that question. I'm just not clear where I did it. I think I titled it something like "Reaction to a Tomato Sauce?"
I did receive a couple of really good responses and it would seem that this happens with a lot of children, PA or not, and it might simply be due to the acidity of the tomatoes.
My PA son was recently allergy tested and is not allergic to tomatoes, but his skin does break out around his mouth each time he eats a tomatoe, which he loves, or eats tomatoe sauce on a pasta. I think it's because he does have sensitive skin and the tomatoes are acidic. Could this be possible with your child too?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2000 - 6:13pm
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Cindy - you've stayed on the board. I thought you probably would - after all those postings, information, questions etc. it would have been difficult to have just stopped...
Hang in there...

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2000 - 11:37pm
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ajas_folks, I'm not sure if you've taken your Pillsbury flour to the food bank yet, but I was wondering if you hadn't, if you could possibly label it somehow. There are, obviously, PA people that use food banks too
and the food bank people themselves wouldn't be aware enough (nor should they be) to recognize that this may pose a risk. Just thinking... Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2000 - 11:10am
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Cindy said above
"What if we all tried to acquire a Pillsbury Dough Boy from them (not buy one, because that would add insult to injury), stick them with an expired Epi-Pen and mail them to the head office? On this one, aside from the safety measures or concerns, I would be totally serious. If the company received en masse, the symbol of the products, with an Epi-pen in it, they may sit up and take notice! Again, aside from the safety concerns of the medication in the Epi-pen and the sharp of the Epi-pen, I would actually do this."
Cindy -- Oh Lordy! I really was also thinking about mailing to Pillsbury one of their dough boys skewered with an Epi-pen. How funny that you said that! I do think it would make an impact with them . . . but I think the mailings might be better directed to General Mills (currently acquiring Pillsbury) as an effort to get them to quickly bring Pillsbury products in line with the General Mills labeling requirements & to also push for dedicated lines!! Anybody else game for this? Should we start a "Phooey on Pillsbury" thread & go for it? (Not like we don't have enough to do this time of year. -- we could delay work on it until after the first of January.)
Though I have tried really hard to follow the "flies are drawn to honey rather than vineager" advice of my mom, I do believe an occasional in-your-face campaign is what may be needed.
Food for thought . . .
EB

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Flood controls . . .double post. Sorry.
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Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2000 - 1:50pm
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ajas_folks, I started a thread to-day re Our Grievances Against Pillsbury, but no responses.
However, I did type up a letter which I have ready to be printed off. I have to find the two parts of the Dough Boy. I have the Epi-pen to use as a trainer first. Then, everything is ready to go. I am mailing mine to Pillsbury Canada although I really think it is Pillsbury U.S. that is the culprit. I am doing it. As I posted above, and you quoted, I do believe if we did this en masse, especially with that cute little Dough Boy, someone would have to sit up and take notice.
And then, if we could get media coverage on top of it, but now I'm off on some manic tangent. At any rate, I consider mine practically mailed, even if it means after Christmas. It is done. I have told them in the letter that the Dough Boy is dead, despite the use of the Epi-pen, and because of a Pillsbury product.
I told you, great minds do think alike.
Cara, I wouldn't really pay attention to being dismissed by the people at the food bank that you called. I highly doubt, unless this is a really organized food bank that they would have nutritionists or whatever on hand to make sure what was "safe". I would label the food regardless.
With food banks, you know yourself, one of the main things they ask for is pb. Now, I have NEVER donated pb and this was before PA entered my life. I always tried to donate something that would add some variety to a person's life - some falafel mix or something and the standard stuff. But, I really do feel it is important that we, as PA parents, when donating food, if we do, label it clearly if it is not already labeled clearly, especially if we are giving it away because of PA.
I would still label the Pillsbury flour or anything else that anyone was concerned about in their own home regardless of what the local food bank had to say about it's staff.
Mine is run by The Salvation Army and although I'm sure they know something about food, I'm almost positive they would know as much about food allergies and allergens in foods as the "average" person that has never dealt with food allergies before. I could be wrong, but I would still label it regardless just to be on the safe side.
Quite frankly, I think it would be very difficult to be PA and to use a food bank, especially when they do usually request pb and then the other foods tend to be store brand or questionable foods to begin with.
And, of course, we won't get any expert opinions on this one because no one will admit (and why should they) that they have had the need to visit a food bank. I just know what I see in the bin as I exit IGA.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Oh, and ajas_folks, I was just going to nicely tape the Epi-pen to the Dough Boy, but skewer does sound much nicer! Please check out my thread I mentioned if you get a chance.
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Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2000 - 3:36pm
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my 3 year old has had a reaction to slice and bake pillsbury cookies BUT tonight we just returned from the e.r. after he tasted the batter of the funfetti vanilla cake mix with the little sprinkles in it, he required i.v. benedryl, steriods and two epi injections. the lable states that only eggs are in the same plant. i will be on the phone to them, fan and the fda in the a.m.. pillsbury is ON my list. i am also posting a new topic on this.

Posted on: Fri, 12/15/2000 - 2:10pm
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This discussion about Pillsbury highlights my point under the "Survey" thread. It is of no use having a phone conversation with a customer service rep about allergy & labelling issues with anyone who works in customer service. In cases where you can't talk to someone with a title like "VP of Production" or "Staff Nutritionist" or something that requires more than the ability to read an official statement, call back and ask to speak with an attorney in the legal department. If your child has reacted to their products (and particularly if multiple children have reacted, as in this thread), tell the lawyers. They will pay attention and will provide a definitive statement.
An answer of "don't eat our food" from a company exec or attorney is a whole lot better than "everything is fine" from a customer service rep.
Now, off to the pantry to trash all things Pillsbury...
Katherine's Parents

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 2:22pm
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Bumping this up for all those who abhor Pillsbury, and all those who will in time!
Still saving my expired Epi-pens for use on a Pillsbury Doughboy once I get my hands on him.
EB

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 9:22pm
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I am sorry to hear about your son's reaction. Hope he is doing well. How do you send something to the FDA to be tested. My son is also allergic to eggs and I bought an eggless mayonaise that was suppose to be free from cross-contamination but my son had a reaction. I would like to know if there were eggs in it or if he is allergic to another ingredient.

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 10:28pm
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Great news!!!!! Betty Crocker bought Pillsbury and is investagating everything! My mother called BC yesterday and found this out. Maybe that is why the Pillsbury lady was so rude to me last Friday.I do not know what BC's plan are except investagating. It is a start.
Connielynn

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 11:33am
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Hello Concerned~I called our local FDA office and told them what had happened. They took all of the information from me and sent someone out to pick up the bread. They were very helpful. Good luck~
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