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Posted on: Thu, 02/25/1999 - 7:17am
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Kelloggs 1-800-962-1413
spoke to Tonya on Feb 25, 1999

Overall impression: Transferred me to a specialist - very knowledgeable but see note on labelling. Is sending me out lots of information.

Information: They keep good manufacturing procedures and clean all lines between use. However if your product is made in a nut facility the lines are cleaned but no may contain label is used. All their pop tarts are made at a facility where nuts are used. But they do promise they clean. They have no products except Nut and Honey waffles that contain peanuts, but other products contain nuts. They have two facilities for cereal only that are nut free. Battle Creek and Lancaster. Look under use by date you will see K?? KB or KS and KL are fine. For the 3rd ? mark it is an A B or C which indicates 1st 2nd or 3rd shift. They do use 3rd party supliers and will not vouch for their practices. One set of good news. They make Nutrigrain Bars and their new Twist Bars in their own plant and none of these products contain peanut or nut products. Also told me they work with FAN and will notify them immediately if anything changes. I will post the any new information I get in the mail.
Patti

Posted on: Thu, 02/25/1999 - 7:25am
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Hi Patti~
I had called Kelloggs as well a while back and was given the same information you have. They also sent me information in the mail within a week's time of my request which was very informative.
Thanks for the post!

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 8:00am
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Patti, I'm sorry you are having a bad day! I feel like I am adding salt to injury but I just read the FAN alert board and Kelloggs is announcing their new RICE KRISPIES TREATS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CRISPY MARSHMELLOW SQUARES! YIPEE!!!!!!! I am just so excited to see yet another peanut product added to the grocery store, and I am just jumping up and down because I can't wait to tell my son he can NO LONGER have the regular Rice Krispie Treats for fear of cross contamination. I am just so over-joyed I can't contain myself! NOT!!!!!!!! And then there is the new RICE KRISPIES TREAT COCOA CRISPY MARSHMELLOW SQUARES. This product does not contain peanuts but is produced on the same equipment as peanut butter containing products.
I think there are quite a few peanut products out there without adding new ones. It is hard enough trying to keep what IS out there out of my son's hands without adding new ones to the list.
I am curious to see if they will be produced in different plants like their cereals.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 11:23am
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I have had great luck getting information from Kelloggs and have found their customer service people to be well educated in the area of food allergies. I received the same information about the plant codes on the Kellogg cereals (KS, KB or KL are all peanut/nut free plants).
I just have to vent about the Rice Krispies Treats, coming soon with peanutbutter to stores everywhere. This was one of the few pre-packaged treats my little boy could eat, and today I had to tell him he can't have them anymore. Can't non-allergic people just spread peanut butter on food themselves anymore? I don't know what's worse--not being able to eat something from the start because it contains peanuts, or losing a food when a company decides to add peanut/nut flavors.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 12:34pm
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Hi Joanne,
I agree about the Rice Krispie Treats. Not to mention, my daughter (non-allergic) will no longer be able to take them in her lunch if there is a "may contain" warning on the regular Treats. I will not have them in my house and if I don't want other parents sending "peanut products" into the schools, then I'm certainly not going to send them with her...they won't even leave the shelf in the grocery store.

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 11:07pm
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I think another problem we have here unfortunately is that now there are even more products that will be brought to schools, playdates, parks etc. that contain peanuts. I can maybe control my home, but what about the real world. We really have to hope research comes through for us. Thanks for the info Connie. I did notice those in the grocery store and you know they are going to be a big hit. On a more positive note on Kellogs. i received their information in the mail yesterday, (of course it will have to be updated with their new product line) but it is well worth calling for and asking for. I will stay on top of them to to make sure that the three facilities they gave me for their cereals remain peanut/nut free.
Patti

Posted on: Sun, 03/07/1999 - 12:05pm
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Patti, while grocery shopping today, I noticed that Cap N Crunch had Peanut Butter marshmellow Squares right next to the Rice Krispie Treats. Are these the ones you saw or were they Kelloggs Rice Krispie Treats with Peanut Butter?
Gee, the perfect snack for the lunchbox and into the schools!

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/1999 - 12:05am
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I called about the Rice Krispie treats yesterday and was informed that the plain treats will be run on their own line.

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/1999 - 2:09am
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Mary Catherine,
That is good news! Now I'm curious to see if they will have "may contain peanuts" on their label even though they will be on their own line!

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/1999 - 11:12am
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I called Kellog and got similar information. They did say that the plain Rice Krispies treats would be run on their own line in a separate part of the factory, and that there would be different workers on the plain and peanut butter lines.
Can't remember if I've seen this posted or not, but they said that the nut waffles are manufactured in the same facility with the other waffles.

Posted on: Wed, 03/24/1999 - 6:21am
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If you're looking for safe waffels, call Aunt Jemima (800-407-2247). I called a few months ago and they said their frozen waffels, pancakes and french toast are pnfree. However, I didn't ask specific questions like is it a nut-free facility.

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/1999 - 1:14am
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Better yet, and worry free--we pull out a cookbook, double the batch, and it takes one hour to make a couple weeks supply of waffles and we freeze them. Try it!

Posted on: Mon, 03/29/1999 - 2:51pm
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I just wanted to mention that I phoned Kellogg's Canada this morning as I was curious about the "may contain" warning on Frosted Flakes. I was told that Frosted Flakes, Honey Rice Krispies and Eggo waffles (in Canada, anyway) are made on lines shared with products containing peanuts. I also asked about peanut free plants and was told that Eggo pancakes and Crispix are made in peanut free plants. There was no mention of a code for the peanut free plants so maybe that only applies in the States?

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/1999 - 1:38am
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I believe the codes would only apply in the US since they tell you which facility they are made in and they are all 3 made in the US. 2 in Battle Creek in Michigan(?) and 1 in Lancaster (I don't know what state that is in.) So unless your store imported from the US I don't think it would apply here.
Patti

Posted on: Sun, 08/15/1999 - 9:42am
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I just read in the paper that kelloggs is closing it's Battle Creek plant by the year 2000. Looks like there's going to be some label changes. We all need to start calling to see how this will effect the cereals we are buying.
Stay safe

Posted on: Sun, 08/15/1999 - 9:54pm
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The older section @ the plant in Battle Creek is scheduled to close, not the entire plant. Kellogg is having profit problems, not capacity problems. People eat more bagels & food on the run than cereal these days. The reduction is significant as more than 500 people need to find new jobs.

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/1999 - 2:12am
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Just spoke to a product specialist at Kelloggs. I have been feeding my PA son Kelloggs Pop Tarts Snak-Stix's without any problems, but thought I should check in with them about cross-contamination. They said that they could not guarentee that these are safe. A problem, as usual. My son has been eating them every day for months without problems...what do you do?
Also, they said that the Nutragrain bars and Twists are made in peanut free factories. And also the plain rice krispee treats are also done in peanut free plants. That is good news since I thought we were not able to buy those because of cross contamination.

Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2000 - 3:30am
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I just got off the phone with Patty at Kellogg's - she told me that any cereal box with KS, KL, or KN under the "use by" date is from a nut-free plant. I guess the "KN" is relatively new (since the "B" plant closed?). I also asked about the Rice Krispy treats - she said "the ones in the blue wrapper are guaranteed". I then asked if they're now making a peanut butter RKT flavor and is it made in the same plant...and she wasn't even aware they now made a pb version. Things that make you go hmmmmm....

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Above is a link to the thread "Kellogg's - Wrong info" (if the link doesn't work just go find and read that thread also; this may occur in the future when we update the boards again as the url may change)
I wanted to have these threads on Kellogg's linked together. If you are one of the posters who posted on the other thread, please copy and add your text to this thread also to keep the info together in the future.
(then let me know and we can delete your other post if you like)
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Topic: Kellogg's - Wrong info
jh5000
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2000
posted April 11, 2000 09:49 AM
On April 5, I posted that I had talked to Kellogg's, who told me that
the codes for their peanut-free plants were KS, KL, and KN. But
just today, a friend of mine with a p.a. daughter called them and
she was told that KB and KL were the only codes they're using now
- it was the KS plant that closed, and IN FACT, KN is a plant with
NUTS in it!!!!! I'm learning fast that you always have to call more
than once and never go by what someone else was told - always
call for yourself.
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Missy
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posted April 11, 2000 11:53 PM
Wow! I didn't realize you could read codes like that please send
me more info. about reading codes on boxes!
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jh5000
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posted April 12, 2000 06:20 AM
Missy, you should call for yourself for specifics, but Kellogg's puts
factory codes by their "use by" dates to identify at which facility
cereals are manufacturerd - and they will tell you if it is a
peanut-free plant or not. Unfortunately, as I discovered, the
information they give you may not always be correct. I'd call more
than once to talk to different customer service reps each time to
confirm any info they give you.
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posted April 13, 2000 06:04 PM
I just checked my Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes boxes. The
Krispies is 'KBC' and the Frosted Flakes is 'KCB'. What does that
mean? Does anyone know what plants they are from? Thanks.
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[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]
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Posted on: Thu, 05/25/2000 - 11:50pm
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I just posted under Reactions/Stories about a possible reaction to Kelloggs Toaster Muffins. I called them just to check. There was no mention of peanuts/nuts on the package, and there was an allergen notice box. I spoke with the supervisor. She told me that all Toaster Muffins are made in the same facility as the Eggo waffles - they have one kind that has peanuts in it. She was very nice and informative. They have good cleaning practices, but as always there is a very minute risk. I read the number to her off the box I had - she said that the "ER" in the number told her that they were made in a facility that makes waffles with peanuts. She also mentioned FAN, and assured me that Kelloggs is aware of "life-threatening" allergies. She encouraged me to call back again anytime if I have more questions or concerns. She asked if someone had a reaction to the product. I told her I wasn't sure, that's why I was calling, to double check the situation. It could have been a reaction, but as I posted on the other thread, it's hard to tell in this particular situation. Has anyone else tried the Toaster Muffins?
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Posted on: Fri, 07/07/2000 - 2:23pm
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A few months ago I called Kelloggs and was told that nutragrain bars were safe but that nutragrain squares are not safe. They are made on the same line as something with peanuts.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2000 - 1:32pm
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Just wanted to let anyone interested know that Kellogg's Canada sent me two lists of products: one for tree nuts and one for peanuts that lists the products that are manufactured in nut-free plants. This is a really useful list for Canadian consumers. I called the 1-800 number on the Nutrigrain box and they offered me the lists.

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2000 - 4:46am
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I received this e-mail from Kellogg's today.
Thanks for contacting us on-line.
The following Kellogg products contain tree nuts:
Kellogg's

Posted on: Sat, 07/22/2000 - 12:53am
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I thought the nut-free plants were KB, KL, KS?!?!

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2000 - 10:38am
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My husband called Kelloggs (US) yesterday, and was told basically the same thing as posted in the first post, with 2 exceptions. The first is that they also told us that along with the cleaning of the lines between products, all products containing nuts were run at the end of the day. The other difference was we were NOT informed of the codes for the nut-free factories. However, they are sending us a packet of info that should contain more info on the cleaning/processing and also lists of their 'safe' foods. Perhaps the info on the coding for the nut-free factories will be included in this packet?
Also, I JUST got off the phone with a woman that called to do a follow-up survey in re. to our phone call yesterday. (How helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, professional, etc was the rep?) I gave them mostly high scores, but added several comments as well, which the woman typed in. Things like it would really be helpful if the reps knew ahead of time exactly what info parents of food allergic kids were going to be needing and why, so that we would not have to waste time (ours and theirs) explaining exactly what we needed to know and sometimes having to explain WHY we needed to know this so badly. Also mentioned that it would have been nice if we could have gotten more info on the phone regarding the cleaning techniques, instead of having to wait for the information packet. (I did tell her that we would not be buying anything from Kellogg until we had received the packet, and this was one of the reasons why.)
Had I known at the time about the coding for nut-free factories, I would have mentioned that I would have liked to have known that for SURE on the phone. I only found out about the coding after I hung up and came back in here. *note to self...ALWAYS search peanutallergy.com FIRST!!* lol

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 8:50am
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Just thought I'd let everyone know what Kellogg's told me today. (Erica was a very pleasant and helpful customer service representative. In fact, she did additional research for products other than cereal and promptly called me back.)
The cereals produced in totally nut-free facilities are coded KB or KL. (However, she stated that the other plants are totally cleaned between runs and Kellogg's feels there's no chance of cross-contamination. Me, I'll stick with the nut-free if I can.)
The other products which are produced in totally nut-free facilities are the NutraGrain TWISTS (she stressed NOT bars) and Rice Krispies Treats--Original, Double Chocolate Chunk, and Caramel Chocolate flavors only. When I asked about the chocolate, she checked and said it was processed from cocoa. I've yet to look at the wording on the ingredient labels so I haven't decided if I feel the chocolate flavors are ok.

Posted on: Tue, 12/05/2000 - 12:10pm
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Donni,
Are you sure you got that right about the bars? Because I was told by Kelloggs more than once that the Nutrigrain TWISTS and BARS are in a nut-free plant, but the Nutrigrain SQUARES are NOT.

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2000 - 4:06am
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The Baby Gym instructor, the one that's so hung up on food in class, is going to have the kids string Froot Loops onto gymp next week to make garland for their X-mas trees. Gee, I hope there aren't any kids in the class that don't celebrate X-mas and will be insulted. But I digress. She let me look at the box today and I read the label, it looked ok. Do you guys think it's ok to let my little guy participate in this craft?

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2000 - 5:44am
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Remember to check for the peanut/nut free plant code on the top of the box: KB or KL. I just wouldn't let my child eat the Fruit Loops that everyone was touching, I'd bring a little bag for him to eat from after wiping his hands! Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2000 - 7:57am
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Brenda--yes, I'm sure that's what I was told--TWISTS ok, not BARS. In fact, not only was it emphasized but I specifically asked the question twice (having read the previous messages here). However, unless I get something in writing, I'm never 100% satisfied with the response. I plan on calling again after the New Year and see what info I receive then.

Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2002 - 6:39am
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I thought I'd post an e-mail response from Kellogg (USA) that I received today regarding my question about Kellogg Nutri Grain Cereal Bars. Their response also included info on cereals as well.
My question was, "Are the nutri-grain cereal bars produced on the same machines that also produce any peanut containing products?"
Kellogg's response:
"All Kellogg USA cereals and convenience foods packages have labeled potentially allergenic ingredients in a separate box directly below the ingredient list on the Nutrition Facts side panel of each of our products. Because product formulations can change at any time, we encourage our consumers to check the ingredient statement on each package they purchase for the most up-to-date information on the ingredients contained in that product. Which also means that if a product was produced on a line that previously may have produced an item containing allergens, it will have the may contain statement listed on the packaging."
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Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2002 - 11:54am
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<<>>
My question is this... Has anyone EVER seen peanuts listed on a Kellogg's product as a potential allergen??? If you have I would love to know which product because even though this is the statement that they make I have seen many other allergens listed but never peanut... so "As for me and my house Kellogg's is OFF LIMITS!" Just my honest opinion [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Valerie
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Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2002 - 6:11pm
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Valerie-I agree with you. I won't use anything from Kellogg's. I've never seen any mention of peanuts on their packages even though they did tell me once that there was a risk of cross contamination with pop tarts and eggo waffles. I realize they claim they label for allergens in the ingredients (with the extra box below containing the allergens), but they do not label for cross contamination risk.
Gale

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 12:38am
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We are lucky in Canada. Kellogg's Canada does label for potential peanut contamination.
For example, cereals such as Frosted Flakes and Honey Rice Krispies contain the warning "may contain traces of peanuts". So we are lucky that Kellogg's Canada will label if there is a potential for contamination.

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 6:56am
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Hello everyone!! My two year old just got diagnosed with peanut and tree nut allergies yesterday. Feeling overwhelmed and trying to get some feedback and info from other parents!! Is it required by law that they put on packaging "processed in a facility that contains nuts/treenuts?

Posted on: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 6:39am
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Hi Vicki,
Unfortunately, in the U.S. it is entirely at the company's discretion whether or not to use a warning statement on a product as they are not required to do so by law.
Because of this, it is not always safe to assume that a product is free from trace amounts of peanut or tree nut just because there is not a warning statement. Some manufacturers feel their cleaning and sanitizing are sufficient and therefore do not warrant the use of a warning statement.
Ultimately it is you who should decide which foods are safe for you and your family to consume so it is often best to contact the manufacturer directly to address your concerns.
Places like bakeries, ice cream shops, and doughnut shops are typically not safe for peanut/tree nut individuals since they all tend to use a lot of nuts which makes for an almost certain risk of cross-contamination with non-nut containing foods.
I hope this information helps!
Chris

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 5:19am
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I just talked to Kellogs, and was told that they no longer have any nut free facility. They said that the pop tarts and all items are marked, that if they were processed on the same line as a nut products they would be marked may contain. Yet she said that all of the facilities do contain nut products. So to me, I don't know. We have eaten pop tarts forever, and always thought they were safe, now I am thinking no.
Anyone know how to make these at home?

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 5:22pm
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I too have been eating Pop Tarts for years and years and have never had even a mild reaction. Most of the major manufacturers, like Kellogg's, have strict handling policies when it comes to peanut and tree nut ingredients.
I can understand being concerned over foods that are made on shared equipment but if a company goes to the trouble of using dedicated production lines to keep allergens separated if they thought their products could be contaminated from their allergen handling procedures?
In my opinion it's not by coincidence that so many on this forum have eaten Pop Tarts for years without incident. If Kellogg's was careless with their manufacturing processes than it would there would be more of us that experienced allergic reactions from eating Pop Tarts.
I'm not suggesting anyone eat something they are not comfortable with but with so many dietary limitations for nut allergy sufferers, why remove another food unnecessarily?

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 8:55pm
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I agree, it is up to the person, their comfort level, and the severity of the allergy. My son is allergic to the oil (not that that is in there) but is also allergic to any particles that could be floating in the air. He has had reactions before to particles in the air, and we were outside.
So Kellogg's are no longer allowed in our home, but as I said it must be up to the person and their comfort level. I also do not like processed foods, and found a great recipe for homemade poptarts that were a hit here. So we will be sticking with those.

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