Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 1:21am
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pPopular chocolates no longer safe for children with peanut allergies; children, families, schools, daycares need warning, says organization/p
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pStory Filed: Thursday, April 19, 2001 9:41 AM EST /p
pTORONTO, Apr 19, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Today, Nestle Canada Inc. announced that five of its confectionery products -- Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Smarties - will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies. The decision has caused concern for the safety of Canadians with life- threatening peanut and nut allergies, primarily children. There could be more than 500,000 Canadians allergic to peanuts or other nuts who need to receive this message. /p
p"These five products, particularly Smarties, are staple treats in the homes and schools of children with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies," said Dr. Jane Salter, president of the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada, a charitable organization that represents people with life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis). "They have been widely promoted for many years as safe treats. We are very concerned that people may continue to use these products, putting children at risk. We need to get the message out that these products will no longer be safe for people with peanut and nut allergies." /p
pThe Anaphylaxis Network of Canada lobbied Nestle to reverse its decision, particularly since the company has supported educational initiatives of the organization and promoted these products as safe treats for people with peanut and nut allergies. /p
p"It may seem like much ado about nothing - after all, it's just chocolate," Dr. Salter said. "This decision, however, will have a potentially dangerous impact on people who live with these allergies. Very few chocolate bars or candies are safe for them. Most contain peanuts or other nuts, or have been exposed to them in the factory. Just one tiny bite of a product with nuts or nut residue can cause a fatal reaction. /p
p"Allergic children have been taught that these products are safe and the message has been extended to the community at large. Unless families, schools and daycares are adequately informed, these children could be at serious risk," she said. /p
pIngredient labels on the Nestle treats will now state; "Allergy Alert; May contain traces of nuts/peanuts". Dr. Salter asked her peanut-allergic 10 year-old if she would think to check the label on familiar, trusted treats. Recalls Dr. Salter, "She said, 'No, Mom! Would I check the ingredients of milk?' And she is not alone in the degree to which she trusts these Nestle products." /p
pPeople with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies must choose all food with great care and read the food label every time. In a recent U.S. study of deaths from severe food allergy, 94% were due to peanut or nut allergy. Despite the fact that 97% of the victims knew that they were allergic to a specific food, not one of them was aware that the food they were about to eat contained the life-threatening ingredient. /p
pAt the same time, people with life-threatening peanut and nut allergies are facing a smaller selection of products billed as nut-free. "Nestle Canada is not the only company that has discontinued nut-free products," said Dr. Salter. "We need to look at why this is happening, and how we can ensure that the growing number of people with life-threatening food allergies have safe access to a wide range of foods in the future." /p
pParents and their children with peanut and nut allergies are available to talk about living with this life-threatening condition. Dr. Salter is also available for interviews. /p
pCONTACT: For further information: and interviews with families, call: Thebr /
Anaphylaxis Network of Canada: (416) 785-5666; To speak with Dr. Salterbr /
directly: Dr. Jane Salter, President, (416) 785-5666, (416) 484 0837 orbr /
(416) 738 5263;/p

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 2:30am
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What on earth is Nestle thinking. Here is a perfectly safe product, and now this. I guess they can cut some expenses by not cleaning their equipment between production runs and keep the shareholders happy.
If someone finds who we should contact at Nestle, please post it and let's start protesting to these guys.

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 3:37am
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Eileen, thanks for posting this information.
My head has actually exploded so I can't even add anything more at this point.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 5:27am
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Here is the "contact us" link for Nestle so we can let them know how disappointed we are. Just click:
[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 6:48am
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I also liked what you wrote on the other thread and will post some of it here>>
Cayley's Mom
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Here is the "contact us" link at the Nestle Canada web site so we can let them know how disappointing this decision is. Our American friends are strongly (encouraged) to participate...>>
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Stay Safe,
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 7:32am
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I called and spoke with Christina at Nestle today regarding this change in their manufacturing process.
I inquired about their decision to change the only manufacturing facility they have, which they now use to create safe peanut and nut products. I expressed our dissatisfaction with their marketing decision to change this facility to now also produce peanut and nut products. I expressed our gratitude for their past work to help us stay safe, and our severe disappointment in their new decision to no longer create safe products for our community.
Christina at Nestle explained that it was a marketing decision, they have a demand to introduce more peanut products and this facility is how they plan to go about it. She went on to explain how due to the layout etc. of the facility there would be "no way to guarantee"...and the usual script we have heard before.
She told me the change will occur on Jan 1, 2002 (I was inquiring because we know some of us will want to stock up on safe products before the change is made, they will also be adding "best if used by" dates soon. Most of our inquires found their products should be used quickly, usually within less than a year, but the company can tell you exactly for each product if you contact them). WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK WITH THE MANUFACTURER FOR INFORMATION ON WHAT MAY BE STILL SAFE TEMPORARILY, TILL WHEN, AND THEIR USE OF THE "ALLERGY STATEMENT" ETC.
They will be adding an allergy statement BEFORE THE CHANGE to all their products. THIS MAY CAUSE CONFUSION FOR MANY FAMILIES TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT IS SAFE AND NOT SAFE FROM NESTLE CANADA, AND THE TIMING OF THE ACTUAL CHANGE OF MANUFACTURING PROCESS.
NOTE THAT PEANUTALLERGY.COM RECOMMENDS >> NOT CONSUMING ANY PRODUCTS WITH ANY TYPE OF ALLERGY STATEMENTS LISTING YOUR ALLERGEN (EXAMPLE: MAY CONTAIN PEANUT)
WE REQUESTED AN ADDRESS AND PHONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO COMPLAIN, COMMENT ETC. AND WERE GIVEN THE FOLLOWING:
NESTLE CANADA CONSUMER SERVICES
PO BOX 700
PICKERING ONT L1V3T3
1-800-387-4636
HERE IS A LINK TO THE NESTLE CONTACT FORM
[url="http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html"]http://www.nestle.ca/english/utilities/contact.html[/url]
Christina at Nestle assured us that her department (Consumer Services) will forward our emails etc. to other appropriate people and departments at Nestle.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND A COPY OF ALL CORRESPONDENCES YOU HAVE WITH THE COMPANY TO PEANUTALLERGY.COM (THIS WILL HELP US ORGANIZE ANY EFFORTS AND STAY UP TO DATE ON THIS ISSUE)
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 7:39am
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Thank you so much, Chris. Your support in this issue means so much to us! In my e-mail to Nestle, I informed them that their "marketing decision" is, in effect, freezing us out the market - not only PA individuals, but entire school communties as well. Surely this marketing decision will backfire?! I'm in such a peeved mood, I feel like boycotting them immediately - I don't want to be forced to boost Nestle's sales by stockpiling the "safe" candy they now provide. Probably cutting off my nose to spite my face, but I am one upset mother!

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 8:13am
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Everyday we hear of an issue which has negative impacts on our community. Some are large and will impact many of us immediately such as this Nestle Canada issue, and some are "not so easy to see the impact on all of us". (Remember, when one family loses ground anywhere, it has a negative impact on all of us.) The same goes for when we make changes for the better, it helps all of us.
This latest issue with Nestle Canada has served to make us more determined than ever to organize our community. We have been working (mostly behind the scenes until recently) to put together a membership campaign to let our community know how important it is and to participate to help us create a strong, well funded organization to fight the issues we face. I will add a link here to a form on the PeanutAllergy.Com site where you can join with us now and show you are "Determined to make a difference"
Contact
[url="http://www.peanutallergy.com"]http://www.peanutallergy.com[/url]
FIGHTING FOR OUR COMMUNITY TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY! That is why we created this site and are working to create a strong, well funded organization (funded by us, people with peanut allergy, not funded by any conflict of interest type source such as peanut farmers, uninterested food manufacturing companies etc.) This will allow us to continue to do what is necessary without worrying about losing funding. This is very important. We need to fund ourselves.
As you know, there are many non-profit educational organizations out there and some of them are doing great work (as you know we suggest people join us and if they are able, support other organizations as well).
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Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 9:02am
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Here is the letter I send to Nestle via their website.
Dear Nestle Canada,
I am writing to inform you that due to your decision today to start the manufacturing of peanut/nut products in your factory, I will no longer be buying my favourite chocolate bar, Coffee Crisp and Smarties. My son has a severe peanut allergy and your marketing decision means that he will no longer be able to enjoy and buy your products. Not only will you loose him as a customer, but, as a responsible parent, I will ask that everyone he has contact with also stop buying these products. These people will include all family members, daycare, sports group, etc. As you can see, your "marketing" decision does not only affect your sales to peanut allergy sufferers, but will affect sales to everyone these people have contact with.
Disappointed,
Rene A. Robichaud

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 1:29pm
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Rene - hope you don't mind that I copied your letter as a base for my letter. Your letter was short, effective, and to the point - all of which I seem to have trouble doing.
The following is the e-mail I just sent:
Dear Nestle Canada,
Due to your decision to start the manufacturing of peanut/nut products in your factory, I will no longer be buying anymore of your candy, including Coffee Crisp and Smarties.
Our daughter has a severe peanut allergy and your marketing decision means that she will no longer be able to enjoy or buy your products.
Not only will you lose her as a customer, but, as a concerned parent, I will ask that everyone she has contact with, also, stop buying your products. These people include all family members, daycare, sports group, grade school, church, etc.
As you can see, your "marketing" decision does not only affect your sales to peanut allergy sufferers, but will more than likely affect sales to over one million additional consumers.
We will encourage everyone we know to buy Hersheys - You must have gotten a heck of a discount on peanuts to risk the lives of so many children for the all mighty buck.
Sadly,
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2001 - 1:40pm
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Chris,
In part you posted:
"She told me the change will occur on Jan 1, 2002 (I was inquiring because we know some of us will want to stock up on safe products before the change is made, ..... "
I would like to suggest that we really consider not buying any candy from them "to stock up" to let them get a feel for the negative financial impact peanut products are going to have on their sales now and in the future. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Just a suggestion.
Sue in Sunny Arizona

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