La Choy/Con Agra

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 4:12am
SusieT-R's picture
Joined: 09/25/2002 - 09:00

I have searched the archives for recent postings re: Con Agra. It seems the question of which products, if any, are safe is still unanswered. Has any one got any up-to-date info regarding their products? Specifically, my mother would like to make a special salad that would contain La Choy Chow Mein Noodles. I have had no response from the company. Generally, we use few products (if any) by Con Agra and certainly no Chinese products other than Soy Sauce. Any postings would be very appreciated!

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 12:29pm
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

Did you ever find out about the La Choy chow mein noodles? My PA son's class is doing a "salad bar" tomorrow, and instead of sunflower seeds (most of which are labeled "may contain"), I bought the rice noodles for a bit of crunch. They are labeled as "contains wheat" - but I know that one of the issues has been that ConAgra doesn't label for cross-contamination. I may try to reach them tomorrow, but if not, I may let him try them. I will be there, and the ingredients were very basic. Thanks.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 12:34pm
deegann's picture
Joined: 07/27/2003 - 09:00

Here is the statement from ConAgra's website FAQs:
Do your products contain ingredients that I'm allergic to?
Our products may contain an allergen. However, if a common allergen is in the food, it will be listed on the ingredient statement even if it appears in small quantities, and will also appear in bold letters underneath the ingredient list. We do purchase certain ingredients such as flavors and spices from suppliers, and they are required to comply with the same standards pertaining to labeling of allergens. We periodically audit our suppliers to ensure that their labels are current and in full compliance with all FDA and USDA guidelines.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 1:17pm
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

I just read it on their website, too, deegan. Thanks for pulling it up for me. I found LaChoy's number finally, and I'll call tomorrow morning (1-800-633-0112). I feel stupid for having bought something to replace the "unsafe" sunflower seeds, only to now be worried that they won't be safe either. Especially since I already gave them to the teacher and told my son about them. Usually I don't take those chances . . . but sometimes the pressure to make things easier quickly is too great. Hopefully I can get some info before the noon salad bar, and I'll explain the situation to my kindergartner in the morning. At least I will be there, and he is usually very good at rolling with the punches, so to speak.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 1:44pm
Nicole1401's picture
Joined: 12/27/2002 - 09:00

I contacted ConAgra a couple weeks ago regarding PN cross-contamination possibilities with their Fleischman's margarine. (We've always completely avoided ConAgra, but are now trying to adjust to a new dairy allergy and need the Fleischman's.)
It took some firmness on my part, but I finally got to speak to someone who was eventually willing to look into the possibility. He didn't know the answer but apparently sent an e-mail to whoever would know the answer. It took him about a week to get a response to his e-mail. He said that the "facilities that make Fleischman's are peanut free."
So, was ConAgra easy to deal with? No.
But, they did make an extra effort to get an answer for me.

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 12:37am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I just contacted them re: David's seeds(sunflower). It did take a second email to get a clarification(the info just was not precise enough for me) and I got it. They responded very quickly(24 hours) and concisely each time. The second time, they even added that the pumkin seeds are also pproduced in a nut free facility. It is a bit down on the page under sunflower seeds. becca

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 2:00am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

Another fairly positive interaction with ConAgra this morning . . . I got a different number for La Choy (I'm not sure if they respond to other products at this number - 877-528-0724). The CR named Holly "researched" the question for a minute or two and told me that the 3, 5, and 12 oz. packages of the chow mein noodles are made on lines which do not produce any peanut or tree-nut containing products. She could not vouch for the safety of food service sizes. I also asked about the soy sauce (which in the past I was told DID have potential for cross-contamination) and she said she'd need to get back to on that one. I mentioned that it'd be helpful to have labels for "may contain" and she indicated that it's in the works but will take some time. She said the changes are because of "new laws" about labeling for the top 8 food allergens. So, we'll see. Anyway, I'm glad about the noodles!

Posted on: Sat, 05/01/2004 - 6:08pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

thanks for the info on con agra. I have never had luck getting any information from them (still waiting for a return call from..oh..about 2 yrs ago) and right now the only product they make that we use is egg beaters (and usually I buy papetti's better 'n eggs instead).

Posted on: Sun, 05/02/2004 - 11:42am
SusieT-R's picture
Joined: 09/25/2002 - 09:00

Thanks to all who have added to this discussion! I am not known as an easy pushover, but I must admit, Conagra reps are not all alike and I have had the unfortunate experience twice within the last two months of getting people who did not know how to even pass me on to other people!
So, here is another question....does any one use any ASIAN or INDIAN boxed or bottled products other than La Choy Soy Sauce & Noodles..(I actually use Kikkoman after reading a thread about two years ago). My daughter really wants to have Sweet & Sour Chinese Chicken, Lo Mein and Fried Rice, as well as Indian Food and Sushi---any advice much appreciated!!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:13pm
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

I received a phone message today and this email today to confirm what they told me a couple weeks ago about the rice/chow mein noodles:
"Thank you for contacting us. There are no peanut or tree nut ingredients run on the same line as these products. We appreciate your interest in LaChoy.
ConAgra Foods Consumer Affairs"
Better late than never.

Posted on: Fri, 09/09/2005 - 5:01am
lhua's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

Has anyone used their teriyaki sauce? I called them and I was told it is safe. Becase of Conagra's bad reputation, I think I should check the safety here.


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