\'Made in a facility with tree nuts\'..OK if PA? Or not?

Posted on: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 11:07am
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Hello,
My son is allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts. He has had pecans from my mother's tree often enough that I am certain of this. I do not allow him to have processed tree nuts because of the risk of cross-contamination with peanuts. Are products that state 'made in a facility with tree nuts' safe for him? Does stating that tree nuts are in the facility automatically mean that NO peanuts are present? I realize that everyone's comfort level is different but would appreciate your opinions/input/advice.

Thanks!

Posted on: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 11:56am
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Tough question. There's no good answer. You alone know your son and your comfort levels. I usually avoid the products that state tree nuts are used because of the risk of cross-contamination. Yet, I must admit that on a few occasions, I have permitted my son to eat Key Lime Pie made by Edwards (frozen food section) and I know Edwards uses tree nuts to make other products. They have cross-contamination protocol etc (as almost every manufacturer will tell you). We have not had any problem, thankfully.
My theory is that even if a company does not use peanuts but they do use tree nuts, we do not know where the tree nuts came from. Were they packaged in a facility that also packages peanuts? We don't really know.
"Are products that state 'made in a facility with tree nuts' safe for him? " I don't think it's possible to say yes or no for certain because we don't know where the tree nuts are from, etc.
"Does stating that tree nuts are in the facility automatically mean that NO peanuts are present?" I think the statement that "tree nuts are in the facility" does [i]not[/i] mean that there are no peanuts. (I know the grammar is terrible, double-negative sorry!)
I should add that it also depends on the manufacturer too. See what kind of information they give you if you telephone or email them. When I call some companies, I feel very reassured by the explanation they provide regarding cross-contamination. Others seem ill-prepared to answer the question and that makes me uneasy.
Good luck! These are tough calls to make. Do your research on the product, make the phone calls, send the emails, and then armed with that info, "go with your gut" and do what feels right and comfortable for you and your family.

Posted on: Sun, 10/12/2008 - 12:15am
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when my PA daughter was first diagnosed, we did not know about tree nuts. once it was established that she was not allergic to tree nuts, i felt a little better about allowing *some* products that are "may contains" for tree nuts. not many, but i do allow her to eat amy's products, which are made in the same facility as tree nuts (i see may contain/made in the same facility as virtually the same thing) but follow good manufacturing practices to avoid Xcontam. we also eat rudi's organic bread as well (another made in the same facility)

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:15am
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Great question. My thought is this. If it say " made on the same equipment/ facility as tree nuts... then that tells me that they label pretty strictly. If they had any peanuts in the factory or equipment.. my guess is that they would say so. So if you are sure that he his not allergic to any tree nuts.. then I would trust it.
My son has tested neg to tree nuts.. however, he has never actually had one..... I have on occacsion let him have things that were made onthe same equip as tree nuts...
HTH

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