I Called Hershey\'s About Kissables

Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 2:48am
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Okay, I just got off the phone with Hershey's and yes they do put Shea in their Kissables so they are not off limits for us. The woman was very nice and I explained to her about how that is considered a nut so there are now millions of people that can't eat their product anymore because of it. She told me that the Hershey's company takes comments like this very seriously from customers and that she would forward this on to the appropriate dept. She said that they check this stuff daily. Maybe if more of you called in then they would realize that we mean business about this. Their number is on their website.

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Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 2:58am
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If you do a search in the manufacturer's thread, there have been many posts about kissables, starting back last spring when they first introduced shea as an ingredient. Many of us have called and written to Hersheys over the past few months to complain (some of us multiple times, lol!). Hopefully they are taking note.

Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 5:30am
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Yeah! Hopefully! They will loose alot of business if not. Must be nice to have money to throw away lol.
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Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 7:25am
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Shea oil is showing up in more of their products. I just saw a "candy corn" hershey's kiss (?) and it contained shea oil. Our allergist told us to strictly avoid it a few weeks ago. I just wonder what else they make on the same lines as things like Kissables & the Candy Corn Hershey's Kisses, because as of right now, they're not treating it like a tree nut - there's no allergen warning on these products. It's such a shame, because I've always trusted Hershey. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 8:43am
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I agree, although when I called Hershey's yesterday and talked to the woman she was reading me what was written about shea and it said that it is not known to provoke a reaction for people with PN/TN allergies. I told her "Well if that isn't true, then how come soo many of our kids allergists tell us to keep that away from them also?" She didn't have anyting to say to that. I think it needs to be known that that is considered a TN allergy also. I'm just so sick of this stuff. If I put this much time into my company that I put into researching foods to keep my son safe I would be a millionaire lol. It's crazy. We need a cross the board plan for our kids but can't get one because of how things are made.
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Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:00am
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Kelly,
The other thing you can mention that if it's not a tree nut, then why does the FDA have it on their list as a tree nut (they list coconut too, but we won't go there.) If Hershey's and other companies are following FDA guidelines, then it should be listed as as a tree nut.
As for your company, I hear you...my house is the one that suffers! lol It's amazing the time we spend...but it's kept us reaction free for the most part [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:09am
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I heard the FDA creates their list based on what people have called and asked about. Fpund this... so some of these may come off the next list. Avoid based on alergist recommendation, but I don;t have a lot of confidence in the FDA.
Tree Nuts
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) lists

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:13am
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Here is the article about how some of these got on the list...
...There are concerns in the industry that the list includes nuts that should not be considered major food allergens due to relatively low or no established allergenicity, such as with coconuts. FDA took the action based on inquiries regarding whether particular foods would be considered tree nuts.
Because FALCPA lists tree nuts in general as a major food allergen category, FDA interprets the statute as requiring all tree nuts to be covered, without reference to evidence of allergenicity. But FDA has stated that if it can be shown a listed tree nut is not botanically similar to recognized tree nuts, FDA may consider taking it off the list.
The petition and notification procedures under FALCPA may be used to seek exemptions from allergen labeling. At press time, no comments have been submitted to FDA regarding the list of tree nuts.

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:43am
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MJMD,
That was a great point that I wish I would have known about when I called. I just checked the Anaphylaxis Canada and they list it as a ANA Tree Nut. I wish that the USA was as up on it as Canada. I know about the Sabrina Law being the push for it and it is so sad to think that her death had to happen before they got so good up there. Her mom should be proud of herself for all of the lives she has helped to save through her daughter's death. She was such a beautiful girl.
Wish the USA would take it more seriously.

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 12:26pm
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Hmmmmmm, I recall their being a thread not too long ago about how a prominent allergist was recommending avoiding shea....I will try to search for it.

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 12:30pm
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[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/009467.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/009467.html[/url]
here is the link to the thread...hope it works!

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