Hooray, Dreyer\'s Ice Cream!

Posted on: Tue, 11/11/2008 - 4:14pm
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Ice cream is something I treat as a super high risk food for cross-contamination. So imagine my excitement when I discovered that Dreyer's Ice Cream has [url="http://www.dreyers.com/flavorfinder/index.asp?b=104"]a flavor search engine[/url], and one of the categories you can search in is "Nut Allergen-Free"!

The safe list includes a couple of their special seasonal flavors, so if you or your PA kid is feeling dejected about not being able to share in seasonal treats, this could be a good alternative.

*happily and safely munches away at her favorite flavor of ice cream for the first time in what feels like FOREVER*

Posted on: Tue, 11/11/2008 - 11:59pm
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Thanks for mentioning this. I wonder what exactly their definition of nut allergen free is. Do they test it? Does that mean there are no nuts or peanuts on that line? I should call and find out because that would be such a treat!

Posted on: Wed, 11/12/2008 - 7:08am
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I am glad this subject came up. This is the kind of grey area that really disturbs me.
I just got off the telephone with customer service for Dreyers/Edys and asked what nut allergen free means. I was told that means that there are no peanuts or tree nuts in the ice cream labeled as nut allergen free. I then asked if those ice creams are made on the same machines as ice creams which [i]do[/i] contain nuts and peanuts and was told "yes", they are made on the same machines. The machines are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between flavors. I also asked if they test the ice cream for nut or peanut allergens and the answer was no. BTW, I have no idea if it is possible to test ice cream; I know it is possible to test baked goods.
In my humble opinion, Dreyers nut allergen free ice cream is mislabeled. If nuts and peanuts travel on those machines, there's a chance there could be a trace of nut or peanut allergen. That does not sound like nut allergen free. I think that designation is actually misleading!
This is a perfect example why we need standards for making nut free claims on labels. Nut free means different things to different people and it shouldn't.
Jennifer B
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Posted on: Thu, 11/13/2008 - 12:39pm
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Originally Posted By: jenniferbfabI am glad this subject came up. This is the kind of grey area that really disturbs me.
I just got off the telephone with customer service for Dreyers/Edys and asked what nut allergen free means. I was told that means that there are no peanuts or tree nuts in the ice cream labeled as nut allergen free. I then asked if those ice creams are made on the same machines as ice creams which [i]do[/i] contain nuts and peanuts and was told "yes", they are made on the same machines. The machines are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between flavors. I also asked if they test the ice cream for nut or peanut allergens and the answer was no. BTW, I have no idea if it is possible to test ice cream; I know it is possible to test baked goods.
In my humble opinion, Dreyers nut allergen free ice cream is mislabeled. If nuts and peanuts travel on those machines, there's a chance there could be a trace of nut or peanut allergen. That does not sound like nut allergen free. I think that designation is actually misleading!
This is a perfect example why we need standards for making nut free claims on labels. Nut free means different things to different people and it shouldn't.
Jennifer B
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Not only that but Dreyer's/Edy's does NOT consider peanut oil to be an allergen. So if you do a search on nut free flavors, the flavors that show up may have peanut oil in them. In the past the cookie dough ice cream was showing up as nut free on their website but it contains peanut oil. This leads me to believe they may not do as thorough a wash between flavors with and without peanut oil since they don't consider it a risk. I would never ever trust Dreyer's or Edy's.

Posted on: Thu, 11/13/2008 - 12:43pm
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Here it is-online. The 2nd line shows the peanut oil but at the bottom it says nut-allergen free.
[url="http://www.dreyers.com/brand/Grand/flavor.asp?b=134&f=2304"]http://www.dreyers.com/brand/Grand/flavor.asp?b=134&f=2304[/url]
INGREDIENTS: milk, cream, skim milk, cookie dough swirl (sugar, wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, [b]peanut oil[/b], butter, water, natural flavor, soy lecithin, salt, turmeric color), Toll House

Posted on: Fri, 11/14/2008 - 4:18am
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gw_mom3, thank you for pointing this out. Really helps build one's confidence in food manufacturers, doesn't it? (ugh)

Posted on: Sun, 11/16/2008 - 5:01am
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i agree! we have had the same problem with nutrition now (makers of gummi vitamins and rhino echinacea pops). in one statement, they claim, "this product is free from ..." and in another they state, "this product is made in a facility with (same allergens as above)." when i contacted them, i asked them how they know their products don't contain these allegens ... is each batch tested? (or are the lines tested??) ... because, as we all know, many products with may contain labeling DO in fact contain.
surprise surprise ... i never heard back from them (probably b/c i went off on them for such irresponsible labeling).

Posted on: Tue, 11/18/2008 - 1:24pm
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Originally Posted By: gw_mom3Here it is-online. The 2nd line shows the peanut oil but at the bottom it says nut-allergen free.
[url="http://www.dreyers.com/brand/Grand/flavor.asp?b=134&f=2304"]http://www.dreyers.com/brand/Grand/flavor.asp?b=134&f=2304[/url]
INGREDIENTS: milk, cream, skim milk, cookie dough swirl (sugar, wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, [b]peanut oil[/b], butter, water, natural flavor, soy lecithin, salt, turmeric color), Toll House

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