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Posted on: Fri, 08/30/2002 - 12:29am
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I bought some kit kat bites for my non PA daugther....that way she can eat them around her 16 mo PA brother. I haven't fed him any yet...
i did call Hersheys and talked to Linda the other day. I asked her about Nestle buying Hershey's and told her how so many people concerned with PA considered some Hershey products safe, whereas Nestle was not....I said "please dont ruin it for those with peanut allergy! Is there some way we could make it know that their products are bought by us because they are PN free??" she logged my call and said she would forward that comment to another area.....maybe whenever we call hershey, we should express our concern.....Maybe thing may even go in our favor.....(other Nestle products in the PN free hershey plants??!

Posted on: Sun, 09/01/2002 - 9:58am
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After reading this topic, I bought some KitKat Bites for my PA/TNA son.
Just to be sure, I called the 800 number on the package, and I really am not comfortable at all with the information I got.
Basically, it was explained to me that if Hershey felt that there was potential for cross-contamination, they would print a warning. Since the KitKat Bites don't have a warning, I should assume they're safe.
So I asked the rep how Hershey determined whether or not there was potential for cross-contamination. She told me that they take allergy issues very seriously, blah, blah, if there was any potential for cross-contamination they would label, blah, blah.
So I was more explicit: were KitKat Bites not considered to have the potential for cross-contamination because they were manufactured in a nut-free facility, or at least on nut-free equipment? She basically couldn't even answer those questions explicitly with a yes or no, but implied that the answer was no, that they aren't produced on nut-free lines or in a nut-free facility.
So I told her that the only way I saw that there was NO potential cross-contamination was if there was a nut-free facility or nut-free line. Given MY definition of "no potential" for c-c, what should I do? And she told me that if those were my guidelines for no potential for c-c, then I should not use this product.
Basically, I just don't see why anyone considers this product safe. Am I missing something?
Debbie
P.S. So I ate some of the candy last night (I'm not PA; my questions were for my son), and although regular KitKats are among my favorite candy bars, the Bites actually aren't that good in comparison. So there! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 09/02/2002 - 11:54pm
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Sorry to follow up to my own post, but I forgot to ask: has anyone who has spoken to a Hershey rep gotten any information different from mine? Has anyone been told that the KitKat Bites are produced on dedicated equipment or a nut-free facility?
Debbie

Posted on: Tue, 09/03/2002 - 3:18am
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I looked on their web site, [url="http://www.hersheysbites.com,"]www.hersheysbites.com,[/url] but did not see an answer to the equipment/cross-contam issue.
I called and spoke to a customer service rep today who says that they "do not have a concern about cross-contamination with this product." She says that they do put an allergy warning on products when they feel there is a risk and that this is determined by an Allergy Task Force.
I'd be interested in knowing if others are receiving this same consistent information when they call in or e-mail at the site(listed above).
Gail

Posted on: Sun, 01/12/2003 - 10:01pm
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I just found these kit kat bites last week and saw they had no warning. The kit kat bars were his favorite so I called Hershey's. They explained the allergy task force and labeling policy (once again to me).
We grew up around Hershey's and our PA son has been eating plain hershey bars & kisses forever without problem. We also use the cocoa, chips & syrups. Hershey's has never done this family wrong so I told my son about them. He was sooooo excited he about burst. He has already consumed two of the larger bags (with help from the rest of the family) and is in absolute heaven.

Posted on: Sun, 01/12/2003 - 11:53pm
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I want to add my .02 that I really trust Hershey's. I think they have the best labeling of any of the commercial candy products in the U.S. I have called them just to tell them so. I hope others will follow suit if they agree. The last thing I would want to see would be for them to start labeling safe products as "may contain" just to protect themselves from liability.
I still haven't tried the Kit Kat bites but I did buy the Heath bites and they are very good. Heath bars were my favorite candy when I was a kid. (Then I moved on to Reeses Pieces [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) I should be ashamed to say: I ate the whole bag of Heath bites myself without sharing them with my daughter! Took a few days... Next time I will share. But she still has so much candy from Halloween that I didn't think she needed the extra. I'll surprise her one day with a "new" safe candy she can have. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Miriam
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Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 2:12am
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Miriam,
Do you avoid tree nuts, or are you strictly dealing with PA? If I'm remembering correctly - it's been a looooong time - Heath contains almonds.
Please, do correct me if my memory has failed me. (Wouldn't be the first time! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 5:34am
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No nuts in heath bars! Yes, we need to avoid tree nuts - Leah has severely reacted to walnuts. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 7:15am
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I can't believe it!!! The Heath bites DO CONTAIN ALMONDS! Lam, I am so very glad you wrote that here. Thank goodness I did not offer any to Leah! It is very strange: the bag has this on the label: "allergy information: manufactured on the same equipment that processes wheat" No mention of tree nuts at all. But sure enough: amonds are in the ingredients. Thank you so much again for letting me know. I'm sorry I was so sure of myself without double checking. I am going to call Hersheys and ask them to label for the almonds on the allergy alert. How scary!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] Miriam
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Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:04am
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We avoid almonds (which I love... it is the only thing I really miss in my nut-avoiding diet!) just to be extra safe, but, technically speaking, almonds are in a different botanical family than most tree nuts. It actually is in the peach family & many TA people do not test positive to almonds (my kid included).
Anne

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