Kraft -USA only

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 5:09am
NewNutAllergy's picture
Joined: 01/08/2002 - 09:00

I have read many posts as to the safety of Canadian Kraft items. Can anyone clarify the status of Kraft USA labeling policies and product safety for peanut allergies? Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 5:15am
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Canadian Kraft safe? Votes still out on that one. They insist on keeping their *trade secrets* so they can keep their product too.
Sorry for the mini-rant.

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 5:37am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi AnnaMarie,
It sounds like you have not had a good experience with Kraft Canada. In my opinion they are allergy aware and everything I have read about them gives me confidence in their products.
They have also provided me with information when I have had questions. In 2002, I was curious about Bakers chocolaote and refrigerated pudding cups, and this is the reply that I received to my email asking whether they labelled for cross-contamination concerns:
[i]Thank you for your recent e-mail.
If there is a risk of peanut contamination in the product, then this will be included in the ingredient line as you have indicated. The BAKER'S chocolate and Refrigerated JELL-O Products are manufacturered in nut-free facilities. I hope this helps.
Please visit us again soon.
REF#: 15568755-1
Kraft Kitchens Canada[/i]

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 11:24pm
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Eric, maybe it's time for me to check with Kraft again.
When I contacted them about various products the answer was always the same. We clean our machines. They won't even answer whether a particular allergen runs on the same line.
I even asked what they used to clean their lines. There was a posting on about what to clean public places with (lunch trays etc.) and I figured if someone had a good cleaner for *protein carrying oil* I wanted to buy some of that.
If they are now willing to share information regarding what runs with what that opens a lot of pre-packaged food for me.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 12:07am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi AnnaMarie,
Yes, they may have changed their policies since I last contacted them (it was in early 2002, almost a year ago).
I'll try to contact them again and see what type of response that I receive.
By saying you are not comfortable with Kraft, does that mean you do not purchase any Kraft products (ie: Christie cookies such as Oreo, etc)? I'll post the response I get from them. [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 12:34am
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Joined: 01/08/2002 - 09:00

Are the last couple of responses addressing Canadian Kraft? I was not certain, and since I am from the U.S., I wanted to be sure I am collecting the appropriate information. Does anyone have more information on US Kraft? Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 12:41am
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First, sorry for taking this posting off topic. Erik and I are talking about Kraft Canada.
I just got off the phone with Veronica 1-800-567-5723 (Kraft Canada). Now I'm even more upset.
She said if peanuts are added as an ingredient they are listed. She had to check regarding sesame seeds. I thought it was against the law to actually ADD an ingredient and not list it???? Apparently they do list it as it is in the top 10 allergens.
I specifically asked "Does your company put an allergy warning if a product runs on the same line as peanuts?" Answer NO they feel they clean the machines appropriately.
I advised that since I have been hospitalized for ingesting trace amounts i will continue to avoid ALL KRAFT PRODUCTS.
And yes, Eric, I do try to avoid ALL. This is very difficult since they produce under so many names.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 12:41am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by NewNutAllergy:
Are the last couple of responses addressing Canadian Kraft? I was not certain, and since I am from the U.S., I wanted to be sure I am collecting the appropriate information. Does anyone have more information on US Kraft? Thanks!
All of the posts in this thread were about Kraft Canada.
I hope some of the PA members from the USA will have some information for you about Kraft USA that they can post here for you. [img][/img]
Yes AnnaMarie - that is why I was asking about if you avoid all Kraft products. Kraft seems to produce 25% of what is in the grocery store either through themselves or through subsidiaries. It must make your grocery shopping a challenging experience since you can not buy any Kraft products. [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by erik (edited March 06, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 1:10pm
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Joined: 03/13/2002 - 09:00

Re: Kraft USA
I posted our experience with a reaction to Oreos (main discussion board) in mid-February.
I contacted Kraft and never received a response. I had mistakenly let my child eat an Oreo, as I thought Oreos were OK. I had not realized that there are now varieties of Oreos with peanut flour.
No response from Kraft.
I miss the old labels and information Nabisco gave out before they were taken over by Kraft.
I no longer buy Kraft products.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 1:45pm
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

There are several Nabisco products we always used and continue to use since we used them before ever knowing about our PA in our dd. Technically, Nabisco is now Kraft. We use Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid Graham crackers, Triscuits, Wheat thins, regular plain Oreos, Fig Newtons, all without incident.
I called specifically on ice cream cones recently and got their allergy policy, which was about labelling if they thought there was any risk. I decided to add the cones to our list, since it is a rare treat, and since we use all these other products without incident. Now, not sure about Kraft(original Kraft) products though, but they are a common entity, it seems, now.
It is a comfort zone thing, and a sensetivity thing, depending on your child. We do not add many, if any products without phone calls, but outside of candy and ice creams, I have kept with some major brand products we always used before the allergy. becca

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 9:00pm
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Joined: 03/02/2000 - 09:00

I called Kraft USA yesterday and was told that if there were even a chance of cross-contamination, meaning a product was made on the same line as an allergen-containing product or in a facilty that manufactures peanut products, it would be listed. To me, that sounds like the same policy as General Mills. Has anyone else gotten a similar response recently?


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