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Hi I am new to this site. Our two year old just had an anaphylactic reaction one month ago to peanuts and like all of you or lives have changed. I was wondering if any of you feel comfortable giving your kids Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. I notice that they do have an allergy statement on their labels and when I called they said that they take allergies very seriously, but do share their lines. Today I got something in the mail saying that they don't share their lines. All of this can be a bit confusing. Also what other restaurants have people found to be safe especially in the MPLS area? Thanks Jennifer

On Apr 26, 2002

Samanthasmom, My two year old son has eaten several varieties of Ben and Jerry's. We stay away from flavors that have a may contain warning and have been safe. I do not take him to Ben and Jerry's shops because they only rinse the scoups out in water before using them on different flavors.

On Apr 26, 2002

Thanks Wendy12 for getting back to me. My two year old loves ice cream and it will be nice to give her some safe ice cream.

On Apr 26, 2002

Hi Samanthasmom and welcome! My PA 4 yr old eats the Ben & Jerrys "Worlds best Vanilla". I only purchase this flavor and it has been fine.

We also use Reddi Whip (vanilla or new chocolate flavor) and sprinkles and Hersheys syrup for toppings sometimes. (all have been fine)

I have also given him soft serve ice cream at a local ice cream shop.

You may want to do a search for ice pops. I have posted about the brands that I am comfortable with. ICEE and PhillySwirl. I also make my own ice pops using a mold and either yogurt or juice.

On Apr 26, 2002

How do people decide if an item is safe? I am never sure about shared lines.

When some companies talk about shared lines with cleaning, it seems people are very worried and won't buy the products (ie: Kellogg's USA, etc) but then when other companies also used shared lines with cleaning (Ben and Jerry's) it seems people don't worry.

How does everyone know whether shared lines are okay, or if they are not. Especially when it is not marked on the label in these cases.

On May 4, 2002

HI! As in Austria you cannot take any icecream as safe, I have decided to buy a machine with which I can make icecream by myself... And it works! My son is now very happy to be able to eat icecream again.... What about this idea? By the way, our son is not only allergic to peanuts but also to some other legumes, which makes everything much more difficult [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Irene

On May 4, 2002

erik, I haven't been at this as long as some, but one factor my husband and I use to decide whether a food is safe or not is whether or not Manuel ate it before his first PA reaction without incident. We have included many foods from 'the past' in our safety zone. I realize this system isn't foolproof, so we are always prepared just in case. So far, this has served us pretty well. I hope this helps.

------------------ Little Man's Momma

On May 4, 2003

I have had an opportunity to read all of the comments and I just wanted to thank everyone for choosing our products. I personally had a chance to speak with some of you and from the sound of your comments I feel that I need to get a little more involved. I completely understand that our product is not very readily available in most of the markets in U.S. and Canada but in the next few weeks Max and I will put every possible effort to get all five of our products in all the grocery stores. I really wish that the process was quicker & easier but then you never know. We have had hundreds of customers who have requested our product to be available at their respective stores which has proven to be extremely effective. Most of the head store managers of the grocery stores are very considerate of their customer's requests. I only know from the experience my wife and I have had with stores in our area like Publix and Winn Dixie!! I personally have a soft spot for allergies because my 11 month old son Zachary is very sensitive to dairy. My wife has had a very hard time with nursing him because of it. Ever since I have had a chance to speak with some you, we have since removed all peanut/tree nuts and dairy from our house for a long time. Max and I have been working together for approximately 11 years and we have never read, heard or experienced as much care and thoughtfulness as we have from all of you. Please understand that we're doing everything we can to get all of our five products out there. PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!!! If anyone has any questions/comments/suggestions about anything concerning our manufacturing process or distribution PLEASE!!!! feel free to call me directly on my cell, as some of you have, at 813.477.41.59 and I will do my best to respond ASAP. I'm aware that it's along distance call, but as soon as I answer I will then call you immediately back. If you happen to reach my voice mail, PLEASE!! leave me a detailed message. We are located in the eastern time zone, which means that my son goes to bed around 10:00 pm eastern standard time. My email address is [email]alex@phillyswirl.com[/email] or you can visit us at [url="http://www.phillyswirl.com"]www.phillyswirl.com[/url] and see which products appeal to you!! PLEASE!!! Under no circumstances should you feel that you're disturbing me in any way. All I ask is please be a little patient with me returning your calls or your emails. Once again, Max and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and if there is any way that we can help, we at least would like to try. Max and I have been discussing our coupon situation and I think we have come up with a solution. If any of you would like to hear about it, please let me know. Please tell all of your kids that Max and I said "hello"!! Have a great weekend!! Alex & Max-owners/co-founders DIRECT LINE-Alex's (cell) 813.477.41.59

On May 4, 2003

If everyone out there continues to exert this much effort to educate and inform the grocery store managers and their corporate about the 4+ million people with the PEANUT/TREENUT allergy, Max and I can continue to do what we know best and that is to stay away from PEANUT/TREENUTS!!! Please believe me, I would really like to leave the PEANUTS for our competition to deal with!!!!! I know that I have mentioned this before, but PLEASE!!! call me at any "reasonable" eastern standard time and I would be happy to hear some comments and suggestions. My direct (cell phone) number is 813.477.41.59 and my TOLL-FREE office number is 1877.379.47.57. My email address is [email]ALEX@PHILLYSWIRL.COM[/email]. In the last few months I have spoken to approximately 300-400 parents who have children with the PEANUT/TREENUT allergy so therefore, if you do the math, I have approximately 3,999,600+ parents to speak with ASAP!!! Now my wife and I have to figure out what products contain soy and dairy and get rid of all of them or else our ZACHARY is NOT a happy camper!!! I look forward to hearing from all/some of you out there!!!

Sincerely, Alex Plotkin-owner/co-founder DIRECT LINE-(cell)-813.477.41.59 TOLL FREE LINE- 877.379.47.57 EMAIL- [email]ALEX@PHILLYSWIRL.COM[/email]

On May 4, 2003

Alex - are your products certified Kosher? Where are they available in the Chicago area? Looking forward to tasting. Thanks for your committment to making this work for us.

On May 5, 2003

Is Chapman's Ice Cream available in the US? In Canada it is available at a lot of grocery stores and does not run with peanuts (though some of Chapman's other products do). It is available in a wide variety of flavours as well.

Eric, personally, if I KNOW a product runs on a shared but cleaned line I try to avoid it. Unfortunately since labelling for may contains is pretty much a voluntary thing for companies to do, I don't always know.

On May 5, 2003

Yonit. The best thing to do to make sure you can get PhillySwirl in your area is request they carry it in the stores, and you might have to take it further by contacting the person above the store manager. I was able to get what I wanted by writing letters, lots of them, and having friends and family write and call as well to ask them to carry PhillySwirl....Remember, the squeaky wheel gets what they want.... I can't imagine there is any reason why phillySwirl wouldn't be Kosher. The only way we can assure our children of having a 100% safe ice cream/ices treat is to campaign to all the stores to carry it for our children. You know, you don't have to have peanut allergy to love and enjoy PhillySwirl.All kids love it...It's really Yummy. I have been reading a lot about not giving any children under 4 years old anything with nuts...so I guess that would mean they also should be very careful about foods. We all know about cross contamination...I guess that wouldn't be very good for any young child, with or without peanut allergy. Think about it.... Make sure you get your PhillySwirl. Good Luck and if you need any help...feel free to contact me: [email]lobe5005@aol.com[/email].... alwlays make your subject Peanut Allergy so I know it is safe to open it. Stay Safe, Lois

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