LUNCH MEAT

Posted on: Fri, 10/01/1999 - 5:30am
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i WENT TO GENUARDI'S AND THE DELI MANAGER HELPED ME LOOK AT TURKEY, ROAST BEEF, HAM, CHEESE PACKAGES. I CHOSE A BRAND OF EACH THAT DID NOT LIST THE PAIN IN THE REAR "NATURAL FLAVORS" THIS MANAGER WAS GREAT SHE
WAS WELL AWARE OF FOOD ALLERGIES, SHE HAD A SAFE DELI PLATTER SLICED FOR ME FIRST THING IN THE MORNING ON A FRESHLY SANTIZED SLICER...THE GUY MAKING IT EVEN CALLED ME TO ASK IF HE COULD GARNISH IT WITH LETTUCE...
THAT WAS FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION...WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO ABOUT LUNCH MEAT? DO YOU BUY IT?
IT COULD BE SAFE ITSELF BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT IT
CAN BE CONTAMINATED WITH ON THE SLICER? TERYAKI TURKEY? I PRETTY MUCH MAKE EVERYTHING MY PA/EGG 2 YEAR OLD EATS, BREAD,ROLLS, CAKE, ICE CREAM, MUFFINS... DO I NEED TO START RAISING PIGS, CHICKEN'S AND COWS? OR AM I BEING REALLY PARANOID?????
I ALWAYS APPRECIATE AND RESPECT RESPONSES FROM FOLKS ON THIS SITE. THANKS

Posted on: Fri, 10/01/1999 - 10:15am
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pHi MO,/p
pI only buy Oscar Mayer or Eckrich meat products. I fear the cross-contamination issue with the deli meats. I know that the deli in my local grocery is right next to the bakery, and I we all know about all the nuts used in the bakery. So, I just feel better about buying from major manufacturers who hopefully have employed good cleaning techniques. /p
pStay Safe, Debbie/p

Posted on: Fri, 10/01/1999 - 12:46pm
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pI buy my lunchmeat from a deli/butcher. They are very good about cleaning the machine before slicing my meat. I try to get there right when they open so they don't have to clean the machine again. My daughter is allergic to tree nuts so I have to watch the Mortadella(contains pistachios).I always ask if they sliced any before my visit. if they have I don't buy meat that day even if they clean the machine./p

Posted on: Sat, 10/02/1999 - 1:59am
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pHi all,/p
pAfter reading your posts, it made me start to think and worry! My daughter is allergic to all peanut/nut products. Can peanut/nut be found in deli meats, or do your kids have multiple food allergies? I never really thought about peanut/nut in deli meats! Geesh, another worry!!! Anyway, my daughter has gotten hooked on baked virginia ham and Italian mortadella without the pistachio nuts in it. So far, we haven't had any problems, but now my curiosity is up!/p
pLinda-Jo/p

Posted on: Sat, 10/02/1999 - 2:33pm
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pMy daughter is allergic to tree nuts only and I am very careful about lunch meats. A big part of the problem is if the deli uses the slicer for other things or like someone else pointed out the proximity of the bakery. I have found one type of ham with a glaze on it that had nut products plus the mortadella.I am going to have my vision checked. My eyesight is going from reading so much tiny print all the time./p

Posted on: Mon, 10/04/1999 - 11:48am
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pSome deli meats (ie, turkey and chicken breast) might be roasted in peanut oil./p

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/1999 - 5:36am
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pThank you for responding./p

Posted on: Wed, 01/05/2000 - 4:49am
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pI can NOT believe what I just read and feel like a complete IDIOT! I have known about my 20 month old son's PA for a short time but felt I had done everything there is to do to keep him safe??? Now I discover that deli meats are off limits??? Can someone please explain, are there peanut ingredients or byproducts in deli meats??? I am begining to feel overwhelmed with the enormity of this allergy. I have 2 older children in school and can not imagine what I will feed them if deli meats are off limits! HELP!!!/p

Posted on: Wed, 01/05/2000 - 8:26am
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pMy daughter has very sever reactions to peanuts and soy, as well as tree nuts. We have had very good responses with going to the deli counter in the early morning on an off day ie not a weekend or Monday as they are busiest then. We have found a few products that are safe and that my children like. Do what is safe and comfortable./p

Posted on: Wed, 01/05/2000 - 10:20am
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pIt seems that some people are more stringent about what they look for when purchasing processed products. Maybe it depends on how severe each person's allergy is. I know that my son has a very slight reaction to smelling peanuts, but he has never had a reaction from cross-contamination. We keep away from the obvious cross-contamination products (MM's), but we still buy items from bakeries, etc./p
pI guess our view is that we can't keep him away from everything that could possibly be cross-contaminated. We do our best and keep our Epi-pen handy. We haven't had to use it yet (going on 2 1/2 years now), and I hope we won't have to. Of course, everyone has to decide for themselves what is appropriate./p

Posted on: Thu, 02/17/2000 - 12:34am
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pKatiee, I felt the same way when I read this thread. This is one thing I never thought about. My entire family packs lunches for school and work. When I buy lunch I have to puchase a large quanity. I was given a meat slicer as a gift several years ago and have found a reason to put it to use. Lately I have been shopping supercenters like BJS wholesale club and buying whole hams, roast beef and bologna and slicing myself. I save money this way and dont have to worry about cross-contamination. You can freeze lunchmeat and unthaw as needed. Its worked for me. Hope this helps. Tlarrab/p

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