Looking for safe cream cheese and ricotta

Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 11:14pm
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Does anyone know of a "safe" cream cheese and ricotta? When I called Polly-O and started to mention the peanut allergy, I was told that they couldn't guarantee anything. It was interesting how the answer came out before I finished asking the question. Also, I've already seen the thread about Philadelphia cream cheese, so I was wondering if anyone found a safe cream cheese.
Thanks so much.

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 7:09am
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I haven't been able to find the thread about Philadelphia cream cheese. Is it a problem for people with peanut allergy??

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 8:19am
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There seems to be a couple of people writing about cream cheese. I reraised a thread in which I wrote about making your own under the Snacks/Recipes board. You can make a 30-minute ricotta cheese too. Both are very easy. [url="http://www.cheesemaking.com"]www.cheesemaking.com[/url] has great, easy, low-cost kits.

Posted on: Mon, 12/24/2001 - 12:01am
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Help,
I've done search on cream cheese and upset that I've not been able to find any safe one in this area in Maryland. I found a wonderful eggfree nutfree cookie recipe but it calls for cream cheese- can't do Phille re cross contamin. and bought Best Yet called them and they do have tree nuts- but don't list GRRR. I 've never seen Shaw's here on East coast. Anyone know of any?
Jandy

Posted on: Mon, 12/24/2001 - 12:58am
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Hi,
I use Philadelphia cream cheese (plain) all the time, I guess there are those who call every product they buy to ensure it's safe, I don't. Peanuts in cream cheese?

Posted on: Mon, 12/24/2001 - 2:01am
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I called re Phille cream cheese today- no dedicated lines- have peanut oil and tree nuts in some runs- cleaned inbetween- no way to know if plain block cheese was made after these nut containing runs. I'll check what the allergists says but he removed store bought ice cream from my son re same line ice cream companies were using.
Take care,
Jandy

Posted on: Mon, 12/24/2001 - 5:30am
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I called the manufacturer and asked about Philadelphia cream cheese last week. The customer service rep told me that he couldn't guarantee any of their cream cheeses (even the bricks) are safe for a PA/TNA person. He recommended that we avoid them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/25/2001 - 11:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by smack:
[b]Hi,
I use Philadelphia cream cheese (plain) all the time, I guess there are those who call every product they buy to ensure it's safe, I don't. Peanuts in cream cheese? [/b]
Smack-philly makes a honey nut cream cheese, and I believe they use peanut oil and/or flavors in some of their other flavored varieties. All varieties, including the plain blocks, are made on shared equipment. I called them at least a year ago and they advised me to avoid all philly products.
Gale

Posted on: Wed, 12/26/2001 - 6:10am
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I just spoke to a rep from Tofutti brand products (their number can be obtained from tofutti.com). They make a soy-based product called "better than cream cheese" which the person I spoke with said IS SAFE for PA/TA individuals. The cheese is made in a plant which uses no nut products. They are strictly parve Kosher - no dairy. There are several flavor varieties. One other product she could claim was safe is "tofiggies" - a fig newton type cookie, which is produced in a nut-free facility.
They were much less clear about their other products, such as frozen desserts, which are made in outside manufacturers' plants where other ice creams might be produced.
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Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 5:06am
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I was so ticked off after I read this thread yesterday! There are some products you think just HAVE to be safe, and cream cheese was one of them. I immediately contacted Horizon Dairy to inquire about the safety of their cream cheese and neufchatel cheese for PA/TNA individuals. Their response was prompt and encouraging: Here it is:
Thank you for your recent inquiry about Horizon Organic

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 1:37pm
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Emmie, I checked your profile before responding to see if you were American, Canadian, or from somewhere else. I just posted a response I received from Kraft Canada to-day re Philadelphia Cream Cheese under this same section of the board. For me, and this is Canadian specific, and definitely a "comfort zone" thing, Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Canada looks okay to me.
Have you tried Lactantia? I will try to see if I can find a website link for them so that I can contact them over this ever increasing and confusing cream cheese debate.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 6:59pm
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jandy-for cream cheese in recipes, I substitute "yogurt cheese". I buy plain dannon yogurt and strain it for about 2 days. I have actual yogurt strainers, but you can also use cheesecloth and a regular strainer. I think some people have used coffee filters too. You can get more info at this site: [url="http://www.triadpublishing.com/yogurtcheese.htm"]http://www.triadpublishing.com/yogurtcheese.htm[/url]
Gale

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 4:50am
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Thanks Gale,
I'll try this and I'll also see if Fresh Fields carries the organic type.
Thanks again,
Jandy

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2002 - 11:54am
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I found what I consider to be a safe cream cheese. I posted about it a while back, so I'll find that post and bring it back up to the top. I remember that I included an email response from the manufacturer, so you can judge for yourself.
Nancy

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