Knorr\'s gravy and salad dressing mixes

Posted on: Sun, 05/23/1999 - 3:53am
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Have just read through every post here and learned quite a bit. A couple or three things I've picked up on my own that I didn't see here:

1. As of a couple of years ago, Knorr's was making gravy and salad dressing (!) mixes that contained peanut flour or protein. Can't say whether this is still true, but it was so unexpected that it snuck into out pantry 'til I decided to do a spot inspection!

2. More generally, as I've seen noted on the 'School' forum, filled snack crackers and snack cakes of all kinds should be viewed with deep distrust. Many manufacturers, such as Lance, Little Debbie, and Drake's, have peanut ingredients or warnings listed on non-peanut varieties that are apparently made on the same lines as the peanut types. My guess would be that this is also true for manufacturers who are NOT labeling as such.

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/1999 - 4:43am
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I called Knorr's representative in Canada [CPC Specialty Foods] and they promptly sent me out a list of peanut and tree nut free products. Their Canadian number is 416-620-2310. Their U.S. number is 1-800-339-3374. I was relieved to find out the the hydrolized plant or vegetable protein listed on the labels of the products that I used was not a peanut or nut product.
Take care.

Posted on: Wed, 05/26/1999 - 5:15pm
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Yes, but the important thing for most of this list, was the protein a pea or bean protein?

Posted on: Wed, 05/26/1999 - 9:44pm
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Liz,
You mention "the important thing for most of this list, was the protein a pea or bean protein?" Peanut is a legume, however, the level of cross-reactivity within the family is very low. Dr. Wood stated, at Baltimore's FAN conference, that pn allergic individuals have a slightly higher prevelance (compared to the general population) of allergy within the legume family . However, the level of cross-reactivity is very low.
My pn allergic son loves peas and beans and has never shown a clinical reaction to them. Are you avoiding the legume family because of the pn allergy or because of reactions to other members?

Posted on: Wed, 05/26/1999 - 11:04pm
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Hi, I guess I should clarify that my son and brother do not react to other members of the legume or nut families, just to the peanuts and tree nuts so I am ok with Knorr's reply.

Posted on: Thu, 05/27/1999 - 5:32pm
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I'm avoiding all legumes because so far, I react to all legumes. Spring peas don't do much to me but the rest cause a problem of one sort or another - even if I didn't know that I ate food containing legumes of some sort.
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Posted on: Tue, 10/05/1999 - 1:38am
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Kurt:
I remebered reading your note and was glad to find it today. My 22 month old had an inch long strand of pasta with some knorr's alfredo sauce on it the other night and immediately began gagging and fussing. I managed to pull it out of his mouth before he swallowed it. He cried and tried to slap me afterward! I reread the ingredients and didn't see anything that looked suspicious but natural flavors. I found the Knorrs #800 today and called. The first person on the line asked me to read the bar code # and the date stamped # on the package. She told me there was hydrogenated soybean and peanut oil in the packet. I told her that only the soybean was listed. She checked the dates again on her computer and said it came back the same. Then she passed me to a supervisor who told me that Knorrs removed all peanut oil from all products they make 1 year ago.. then later in the conversation she said it was 2 years ago and that the rep. I had spoken to was mistaken. She said she was reading an outdated list. I asked about the natural flavor and she told me that there were no peanuts or tree nuts in that either. Not sure if I believe this since the stories are conflicting. what do you all think????

Posted on: Wed, 01/05/2000 - 12:13am
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I spoke to a Knorr representative this morning about their soup mixes. She told me that Knorr does not use any peanut product in any of their products and that their products are not processed on any lines that have had peanut products on them.

Posted on: Sun, 03/12/2000 - 1:47pm
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I have a 3yr old who is PA and we have been aware of the allergy for over 1 year now. About 6 months ago my 3 yr old had a bad reaction to Knorr Rotini Pasta with Delicate Mushroom Sauce. The package does not list peanuts in the ingredients and after contacting Knorr they too confirm that there are no peanut ingredients. The representative over the phone stated that Knorr does not use peanut oils in its products any longer and has not for a few years. The rep also stated that this product is a newer product and couldn't have ever been produced with peanut oils. I showed the list of ingredients to my 3yr old's allergist. He seemed to think it was the hydrolyzed soy protein that caused the reaction. My 3 year old eats many products with hydrolyzed soy protein and has never had a reaction. The allergist felt that maybe the concentration was higher in this particular product. I still am not sure what really caused my 3yr olds reaction. I still think this Knorr product could have contained a peanut product of some form. I know there is a coralation between peanut allergy & soy but my 3 year old hasn't experienced any problems with soy (other than this product). Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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