Is it safe to give him cheese from Deli dpt.?

Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 3:17am
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pjust when I think I have a handle on this I realize I might not.. Today at the deli line ,while getting James his Boars head American cheese , I realized that it is not safe if they are touching the meats and then slicing the cheese. I always thought it was ok because I called Boars head , but now even though they cut on different slicers do I have to worry about cross cont. from them touching possibly Mortidella with pistachios in it.. Please let me know.. He eats this everyday... thanks...Kathy Ann/p

Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 3:45am
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KATHYANN, this is just my experience with the deli department. The one in our old store had the deli and bakery together. (Who ever heard of pistachios in meat, or was it cheese you mentioned?). I asked them clearly about the meat I was ordering for Jesse. They kept their bakery section and deli section separate as far as using the different giant steel tables for each. So, for me, I felt comfortable with that. Please notice, I said, for me.
What I'm wondering, is it possible for you to explain to the deli staff, no matter what their age, that you have a child with an allergy and could they please clean the slicer before they cut the cheese you want for him?
The first night we were in this new town/city we live in, we went to a falafel place. When we told them of Jesse's PA, the manager came out and very clearly instructed the young man behind the counter on how to cleanse all the utensils, etc. before serving us our food. It was a really positive experience.
If the person behind the deli counter seems reluctant, I would speak with the store manager. I imagine that buying cheese at the deli isn't an inexpensive thing to do and the store manager would be losing your business if you weren't able to purchase the cheese. I think if you're able to ask them and explain well, this might be an excellent option. I'm not clear though because I've never actually tried it.
The other thing is, and this would be a comfort zone decision, but could you continue to buy the cheese until you have reason not to (i.e., your son has a reaction)? I know that you would prefer for that not to happen, but I also know that with a lot of comfort zone issues, we all have areas that may be considered lax by other members of the PA community and we tighten them up as we need to (usually because our child has a reaction).
Please keep us up-dated. I would hate to see cheese go by the wayside simply because there are nuts somewhere in the deli.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 4:14am
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Could you find another deli that doesn't have pistachios in their mortadella? We have a small deli in my city that says their mortadella and all other meats do not contain nuts. I still ask every time before I buy it for my son, though.

Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 4:24am
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I just got off the phone with the allergy network and she advised that I not buy cheese anywhere where there is a chance of cross contamination such as with the pistachios . I will call around though and see if I find a deli that does not use that but it used to be my moms favorite so Im afraid that will be hard. What kind of american cheese does everyone use? Thanks for responding so quickly ..Kathy Ann

Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 5:25am
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How about prepackaged cheese, such as Kraft Deli Selects (not Kraft singles - yuck!). They taste pretty good and you don't have to wait on line at the deli.

Posted on: Tue, 04/23/2002 - 11:32pm
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We also use Cabot cheese and Borden cheese.

Posted on: Wed, 04/24/2002 - 2:02pm
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We use Borden cheese. I found a 72 slice package at Super Wal-Mart for $6.99! All 4 of my kids love it and prefer it to Kraft and Land o'Lakes.

Posted on: Wed, 04/24/2002 - 9:42pm
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I am going to have to try Borden or Cabot because Boars Head just called me back saying they believe their cheeses are safe but cannot guarantee it..that was a very different answer from 4 months ago when I heard absolutly no cross contamination.. Thank you all for the alternatives.. kathy ann

Posted on: Fri, 04/26/2002 - 6:57am
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I hava cousin who works for a supermarket chain. They had a customer have a reaction due to cross contamination of a deli meat. The slicer had been used, most likely, to slice the mortadella with pistachios. becca

Posted on: Sun, 04/28/2002 - 9:07am
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Our grocery store slices meats on one slicer, cheese on another. I always assumed this was because of some Jewish dietary rules, though I'm not sure of that, since the deli is certainly not kosher. In any case, cheese gums up the slicer and I think in lots of places they use separate equipment.

Posted on: Sun, 04/28/2002 - 11:31pm
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The reason I was concerned about the deli cheese was that I noticed that they do not change their gloves from customer to customer and on that day was waiting my turn and the person ahead of me ordered mortadella with nuts in it and then cheese. the gloves were not changed even though they were sliced on separate slicers, I was still concerned about cross cont. from his hands. Maybe too cautious but I was still bothered by it. Kathy Ann

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