Is There Anything In The Grocery Store You Just Buy Without Thinking About PA At All?

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:12am
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Okay, my questions always come to me for some reason (usually [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) Yesterday, there was a thread running about ginger ale and I thought, I've never even thought about pop with regard to PA.

As it turned out, from reading the thread, information provided by erik, vegetable oil *can* be used in pop, so yes, a potential concern for some people.

I've been dealing with PA for 7 years now. I believe I probably have quite an extensive list of things that I go into the grocery store and buy without giving PA a second thought. This list would also include toiletries, etc.

What I'd like to know is are there some things in the grocery store that you know you can just grab without reading the label or do you read the label of each and every thing that you buy?

Salt
Rice (plain white only)
Toilet tissue
Kleenex
Toothpaste
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Meat
Milk
Juice
Butter, but not margarine
Yoghurt
Cheese (plain, good ole Canadian cheddar, and also other relatively "plain" cheeses - none of the kinds that *could* have nuts in them)
Pop
Tea, not coffee anymore though

And with that, since I do need another good dose of tea, I'll leave the list and think some more.

What I really want to stress, because I am trying to decipher this, is, it's okay if you check everything. I'd like to hear that. It's okay if you check stuff on my list that I don't check.

I'd just really like to hear what other people do.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:36am
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Things [I] buy, that I would never check the label:
Paper products: paper plates, paper cups, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels
Water (bottled)
umm...
dishwashing detergent
Coca Cola/Pepsi/Sprite soda types that wouldnt change ingreds without 2/3 of Congress approving [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sponges to clean up spills
Toothbrushes
umm....
I know... I wouldnt check some things for Sara,that Sara would eat without her sister eating...
Ellio's Pizza
Cows Milk Yogurts
Pkgs of prepackaged roast beef or cheese
Chicken Nuggets (Perdue)
Geez.. not much more that I can think of..
Jason

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 6:00am
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Jarred olives or pickles. Can't ever remember checking a label on either one of them and not always "name brand" either.
Dish detergent, right.
Do check the labels of shampoo and conditioner if it's new and if it even has an ingredient label.
Usually don't check the labels of laundry detergent, fabric softener. Have never checked a label on bleach.
Actually, any household cleaners - Comet, Vim, Windex.
Dental floss.
Brain still a whirlin' - must be trying to settle myself down for some reason. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 6:45am
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booze.
but, that's because it's the non-pa individuals drinking it and since we don't buy alcoholic beverages flavored with nut/peanut items. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 7:07am
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Milk
Water
OJ
Chicken
Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Ketchup
Sad to say, I think about pretty much everything else with regards to PA, not to mention agonizing about pesticides, country of origin, mercury levels, and so on...
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 2:12pm
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Eggs.
Going Nuts, interesting that you should put ketchup. Unless I buy Heinz, I do check the label if I'm buying the store brand (perhaps because it's one of the things I'm not *supposed* to do).
Remember last year or the year before when Heinz came out with the horrid coloured ketchup? Purple and I believe green? Anyway, refused to buy it.
Just found some at the $1.00 Store (jeez, I wonder why) so the kids finally got to try purple ketchup. Me, all I can say is yuck, double yuck.
Also, Going Nuts, yes, for the most part, I believe I have to check pretty well everything and I'm dealing solely with PA (I know you have sesame seed as well [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ). There are some things that I feel comfortable enough that I don't check every time because I buy them so often (more than once a week), but yes, for the most part, always checking.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 10:14pm
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detergents
paper products
cheese
cheese slices (kraft)
cheerios
fresh fruit and vegetables
meat
pop
coffee,tea
juice
yogurt
cream cheese
This is the only time I will say that I'm luckey my pa child is very pickey he lives on cheese sandwhiches fruit, and veg. bagel and cream cheese

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 2:42am
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I don't think about PA when I buy the following:
Chapmans ice cream
Astro yogurt & Yoplait Yop
Tropicana orange juice & other fruit juice (Ocean Spray, Fruitopia, etc)
Beatrice lemonade
Neilson/Beatrice/Natrel milk & chocolate milk
canned whipped cream
A&P Front Street Market pies
Dr Oekter frozen pizzas
fresh fruit / vegetables
canned fruit / vegetables (ie: Dole, Del Monte, Green giant corn, etc)
Kellogg's Vector, Raisin Bran
Dempsters bread
Dempsters waffles
Classico pasta sauce
Primo / Lancia / Italpasta pasta
Nestle Aero/Kit Kat/Coffee Crisp/Mirage/Smarties
Butter
Becel margarine
Kraft/Black diamond cheese
Kraft pudding cups
Kozy Shack pudding
Lick's frozen burgers
Lever 2000 soap
Cascade/Electrsol dishwashing soap
Tide laundry detergent
Bounce fabric softener
Colgate Total toothpaste
Trebor Allan fuzzy peach, sour cherry blasters, etc
Dare candies (safe types)
Dare Ultimate cookies & Viva Puffs
A&P/Dominion meat products (beef, chicken)
Olive Oil
flour
sugar
Hersheys chocolate chips
Jam (ie: ED Smith, Smuckers, Kraft)
Billy Bee honey
A&P Master Choice/Old Colony/Camp maple syrup
brown sugar
pop (Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, C Plus, Crush, etc)
Kisko freezies
Kraft Dinner (macaroni & cheese)
Rice (Uncle Ben's, Minute Rice)
salt
eggs
ketchup
mustard
Bicks relish
That's my list [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by erik (edited June 24, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:29am
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erik, hon, you knew if anyone was going to have a question about your extensive list it would be me, didn't you? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Some of the things, cereals and stuff, do you do a cursory glance once in awhile to make sure that they are still "safe" or not or you're just able to throw them in the cart?
(Also remembering that you're a "grown-up" so your shopping habits may be different than when two children are trying things).
For example, with us, with cereal, there is always a BIG fight in the grocery store if I take the kids with me. They can never agree on the same cereal (apparently this is *normal* [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) We don't buy the same cereal all the time. I tend to buy what's on sale that they like. So, there could be some passage in time between me buying a box of Kellogg's Mini Wheats and I will re-check the label. Do you know what I mean?
Right now, I still have to check the Dare cookies because of where I live [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] old stock and all.
Because the Front Street Bakery pies are just fairly new to our family, thanks to you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I still check those as well (wanted to ask you about the other A&P "bakery" - The Baker's Oven? - the things look really well labeled, but not quite sure about them).
I LOVED your list! It does show that shopping *can* be done with relative ease. I'm so pleased I raised the question, just so that people will see that perhaps one day shopping won't be such a hassle (no wonder you have time to look for information re trans fats! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:36am
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erik, sorry, again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Dr. Oetker pizza is okay? I have been meaning to ask that for quite some time here because they have some luscious kinds and I've just been too nervous to try them because of the name (which suggests to me that they're German and I've never even looked at a box, they're probably made in Etobicoke).
Also, Classico pasta sauce? I thought there was something here recently that said Classico was NOT okay. Was that American specific? I've been looking at the salad dressing line lately and just not sure about it or their pasta sauces anymore. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]
I buy Primo Pasta Sauce, Hot and Zesty without a second glance. I also buy Primo pizza sauce without second glance.
Tostitos corn chips.
Will check the label on other potato chips if they are a new flavour for our family and we haven't bought them in awhile (again, that whole thing about getting two children and one adult to agree on ONE flavour of potato chips to buy).
Which almost begs the question, and don't know how to raise it, what places are you able to eat out at where you just walk in the door and never ask a question re PA.
For me, McDonald's. Never ask. Do ask Ember to refuse peanuts, if offered (in their separate little baggy) when she goes to buy her brother and her sundaes.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 4:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Some of the things, cereals and stuff, do you do a cursory glance once in awhile to make sure that they are still "safe" or not or you're just able to throw them in the cart?[/b]
Hi Cindy,
I always buy the same cereals (Kelloggs Vector, Kelloggs Raisin Bran). I am such a label reading addict that I do read the labels on occasion. But I have been eating these products forever (I first starting eating Kelloggs Raisin Bran in the 1970s) so I do buy these two cereals without thinking of PA. But I am such a label reader (by habit) that I know I do still read these labels on occasion (often for the nutritional info too). If I was to pick up a cereal I had not purchased for a while, I would read the label at the grocery store, but for Vector and Raisin Bran I would pick it up and throw it in the cart without a second thought.
Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Right now, I still have to check the Dare cookies because of where I live [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] old stock and all.[/b]
I recognize the new packaging for the Dare ultimate line cookies so I can actually tell which ones are peanut-free. I think the old stock is gone here in Toronto at the major stores (although there may be some remaining at smaller corner stores or bodegas) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Because the Front Street Bakery pies are just fairly new to our family, thanks to you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I still check those as well (wanted to ask you about the other A&P "bakery" - The Baker's Oven? - the things look really well labeled, but not quite sure about them).
[/b]
A&P Front Street pies are the same as Kellogg's Raisin Bran and Vector.. I don't look at the label when I throw it in the shopping cart. But I do occasionally read the label for fun (yes.. my habitual label reading strikes again!).
I usually do not eat most Bakers Oven products. I know they are labelled well (many say 'may contain peanuts' such as butter tarts, some cookies, etc). Although I do sometimes eat them. For example, when we have a birthday party for my newphews, etc, I will often eat the A&P/Dominion cake baked in the bakery (ie: chocolate, lemon mist, etc). So the answer is I rarely eat Baker's Oven baked goods, but I do eat them on occasion (but I always read the label on these as many are labelled as may contain peanuts).
[This message has been edited by erik (edited June 24, 2004).]

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