Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 6:47am
calimom's picture
Joined: 11/02/2006 - 09:00

Question: I read a lot about people not happy with both of these companies, Kraft and Nabisco. I understand the labeling issues but anything specific?? My dd (PA) loves Mac-n-Cheese, Wheat Thins etc.. Any problems with these?
Thanks- new mom to this allergy thing and still working things out!!!

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 7:23am
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

my son eats things from this brand but seems to be ok with shared lines as long as cleansing is done properly.

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 10:23am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Me and my son eat Nabisco Teddy Grahams, Nilla Wafers, Oreo Ice Cream Cones, Saltines, Ritz (regular and whole wheat) and have never had a problem. My son eats these regularly.

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 11:43am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

We've had no problems with any Kraft or Nabsico products either and eat many of those mentioned in the responses above.

Posted on: Tue, 11/21/2006 - 2:35am
cog's picture
Joined: 11/13/2006 - 09:00

Today I called regarding Ritz crackers and Andrea from Kraft took my call. She said that if they use the same lines it is listed on their box.

Posted on: Tue, 11/21/2006 - 4:34am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

The answer I got from Kraft lately is that they often share lines but clean them. If they feel that there is a risk of cross-contamination, they will list that allergen in the ingredients. They don't label for shared lines and they won't tell you if they're shared lines. They feel that they're taking care of it and we shouldn't worry about it.
We have always used Kraft and haven't had problems (or is Post owned by them? then one possible problem) until this past weekend (see the Handi-Snacks thread), but I'm having my doubts about them now. I don't like to be told that there's no possible risk on shared machines, they can't tell me whether it's made on shared machines, and that I should just trust them to watch out for us! I'm on the fence still, though, because we use the mac & cheese weekly and often eat Wheat Thins.

Posted on: Tue, 11/21/2006 - 5:59am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

My son reacted to Jett Puff Marshmallows. He has eaten them before, and I allowed him to eat them even though I get the canned response, "We at Kraft take food allergies very seriously. If our product contains any of the top 8 allergens it would be labeled. That includes any risk of cross-contamination." blah, blah, blah. What they didn't tell me every time I called (at least not until ds had a reaction) was this response, "We at Kraft run many products on shared equipment. It is impossible to tell what is run on different equipment." Which this is bogus, because they were able to tell me that the marshmallows were run on equipment the same day as peanut-containing products ONLY after ds had reacted.
So basically, they feel that a risk of cross-contamination is if something was manufactured on equipment with a top 10 allergen WITHOUT an "allergy wash". I guess this is a comfort zone issue. I don't allow ds to eat off shared equipment even with an allergen wash. But once again, that's just me.

Posted on: Tue, 11/21/2006 - 12:02pm
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

mistey- when did your son react to Jet-Puff marshmallows? Was that recently???? We use those as well...

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:07am
cam's picture
Joined: 11/16/2006 - 09:00

I just talked to Nabisco. I know all of the concerns about Kraft, so I really pressed the person on whether they universally label for shared equipment, or whether they make the determination themselves if the allergen wash is sufficient and by extension label on a case-by-case basis. The person checked with her supervisor, and she said that they ALWAYS label for shared equipment regardless of allergen wash. I asked if she could tell me if this is a change in policy, and the person I talked to was relatively new and could not, but kept emphasizing that her supervisor said they universally label for shared equipment (but to check the label every time because it depends on what plant it was made in, and b/c things change). Has anyone else been told the same thing? (Or does anyone else want to call and see if they are told the same thing?)

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:55am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

I need to call again about this. Hopefully they have changed their policy. But I am absolutely sure that they told me that they produce so many products that it would be "impossible" (their words) to tell what products had been produced on which lines with which allergens.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 2:16am
PennMom's picture
Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

Would love for some others to call too! I did call a few minutes ago. I got the "canned response" however she did say that they do label for cross contamination - and she said (without me asking) including shared lines. So I repeated "even with shared lines"- she said yes they would label for "may contains" or in the ingredients. Hmmm wonder if this is new, don't ever remember seeing a kraft label with may contains but remember hearing it was coming. I did specifically ask if she could tell me if the teddy grahams were ran on a line with nuts- and she repeated to look at the label there will be a "may contains" or it will be listed in the ingredients. Would be wonderful if its true- it still did sound really "canned/read line-by-line though". Would love it if they are really becoming more aware and careful!


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