How can you get a store(s) to STOP...

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 3:52pm
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...keeping open bins of peanuts in the store!!!!????

Hy-Vee and Fareway in Iowa, well my town, both do this still. Usually there's peanut shells and such in carts, especially those big car carts that my kids LOVE to ride in. I mean, I know they give you sanitizing wipes, but they only reassure me 'so' much. Ugh! How can I get them to get packaged ones ONLY?

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 9:55pm
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You could go 'ballistic' on the store managert like I did. (Probably not the best approach but it worked). I looked at my shopping cart and realzied there was pistachio shells all over the cart (my PA daughter wasn't with me luckily). I took the cart to the manager and ask her if it was acceptable to her. It's not just an allergy thing, it's also a general health thing to have food remains all over the store and in carts. The manager started with the same old stuff about they try their best blah blah blah. I responded that their best wasn't good enough and obviously they were failing and not doing their job. It was quite a long exchange ending with me getting the district manager's number. But by the time I got home, there was a phone mesage to me saying that there would be no more open 'nut' containers in the store. I never did call the district manager. My advice is go to the manager, try to be nice but if you have to get tough, get tough. And don't just use the allergy issue, use it as a health issue. Suggest to the manager that the health department might like to know that there are shells all over their store. It might work.

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:16pm
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I live in West Des Moines IA and our Fareway is the same way and I have talked to the manager before and nothing has changed. I just stopped shopping there. Our Dahls also has open bins of peanuts and they have not changed there process either.

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:34pm
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I only see open bins during the holidays and I complain. I also complain that bagged nuts are many times wedged as "decorations" between bananas and other foods. They need to be in their own shelf away from produce!!!
At the doctor's office the other day, I was reading the dangers of shopping carts...It was in allergic living magazine (i think).
They were talking about the germs in the seat part where babies in diapers sit...saying not to put fresh fruits * veges there b/c of high levels of bacteria....
They were saying how utterly germ infested shopping carts are. I believe it....I try my very best to not bring DS with me to the grocery store. I used to try not to use the produce bags because I think they are wasteful....I'm wrapping everything up lately including raw meats which can drip or leak in the cart and onto other foods. YUCK
I don't know that stores and their managers are all that forward thinking....
They do try to bag raw meats together, but many employees don't get it that you don't throw the hot dogs and deli meat in with the raw stuff...
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Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:04am
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Do your children have contact allergies, or difficulty when they're in the store with the peanuts or other nuts?
We shop all the time at a store that has open bins of nuts without a problem. It sounds like most of the posters in this thread have been to these stores without an issue...so why make it an issue?

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:42am
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You don't have to get angry all at once. Approach them calmly. They have no idea what a risk open bins of peanuts are.
Start small. GO to the produce manager and explain what the danger is. Talk about cross contamination of every food in the store and how easy it is to sell bagged peanuts.
Don't get dramatic and don't try to scare them with threats or lawsuits. They will bite back. Wow them with kindness.
See what he/she can do for you. Then keep moving up the ladder.
My produce manager was wonderful and the peanuts were gone in a month or so. I publically thanked him in the local newspapers.
I also wrote to the general managers, the biggest bosses and thanked them.
Peg

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by BriandBrinasmom:
[b]Do your children have contact allergies, or difficulty when they're in the store with the peanuts or other nuts?
We shop all the time at a store that has open bins of nuts without a problem. It sounds like most of the posters in this thread have been to these stores without an issue...so why make it an issue?[/b]
The problem is it will become an issue. Recently I asked my son to go back to the produce section and get me a few bananas and he came back to me white faced. He's 22.
He said "Mom there are open bins of peanuts there and some guy is sweeping one out, there is peanut dust all over the air. I can't go there."
I went and took a look and this slack jawed teenager was scraping the peanut bin out with a cardboard piece. The air was laden with residue from that bin. I do not want my son breathing that even IF he MIGHT not react.
That residue eventually settled on all of the produce in the immediate vicinity and the next day there were tomatoes in that bin, the peanuts were in another bin. I doubt very much that the bin was cleaned.
Plus I do not want my son to experience that sort of fear. He does have airborne reactions I assume from so many years of being allergic. It is easier, cleaner and safer to sell pre bagged peanuts. That bin was disgusting.
Peggy

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 3:04am
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I just feel like the open containers contaminate other stuff....like produce. I think my son has had contact reactions to touching outsides of fruits...this was before we knew he had allergies...those mystery hives.
Also, if there are open bins, people tend to help themselves to some, eat them while shopping which contaminates the carts and whatever else they touch in the store.
I think this is a real risk for kids who are very sensitive and kids with eczema like my son.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 3:05am
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Let's see if I can link this correctly. The open peanut bins were a problem in the past for us and I was able to get the bins covered. However, we have since moved and the new local grocery store has open bins. It has not been a problem in this store because they are located away from the produce in a corner. We have not had any problems...yet. My son has had contact reactions in the past in another grocery store, I really try hard not to bring him along.
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006688.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006688.html[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 3:06am
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I did blow my top at the Winn Dixie last fall. (Link to thread below.)
I never did get a formal, personal response in form of letter from corporate or the local store's manager.
However, they soon after got rid of the open peanut table and now only have bagged peanuts. Still have the peanuts in produce area, but they are in sealed, plastic bags.
The safety issue (ANYBODY can slip and fall)alone as to having peanuts & shells all over the store floor should preclude any savvy manager from allowing the open bins or tables of nuts or peanuts.
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/001880.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/001880.html[/url]
~Eliz
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DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
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Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 4:05am
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Quote:Originally posted by BriandBrinasmom:
[b]Do your children have contact allergies, or difficulty when they're in the store with the peanuts or other nuts?
We shop all the time at a store that has open bins of nuts without a problem. It sounds like most of the posters in this thread have been to these stores without an issue...so why make it an issue?[/b]
Why are you assuming there's no issue? I'M the one allergic, NOT my kids. Why should I feel scared to go there? Well, there's peanut particles everywhere, and I do the shopping, so thanks, but it IS an issue for ME. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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