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Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 4:24am
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Most people on this board have a peanut free house.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 4:56am
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Those kinds of warnings are completely optional for companies and are not legally defined. So a company can word it however they want and use it for whatever situation they want. So you really have to contact the company and find out their procedures to know what kind of risk you're taking.
For example, Hershey's apparently has defined for themselves different levels of risk, so if one of their products said, "manufactured in a facility...", it would be lower risk than "processed on equipment..." But some companies use "manufactured in a facility" warnings on all their stuff no matter which equipment it's run on; they don't keep track of which lines they use.
There have been studies done on this. There's one I've read on these boards that tested for peanut protein in foods with the different kinds of labeling -- you should look it up if you get the chance. It was something like 20% of foods that listed peanut as the last ingredient as a precautionary thing actually had peanut protein, 18% of "may contain traces of peanuts" did, 12% of "processed on equipment", and some slightly lower percentage for "manufactured in a facility". I'm probably not remembering the numbers quite right, but you get the idea. All of those warnings indicate a risk. And without standardization of labeling, you just get an approximate idea of the risk.
There is also a recent FDA report that addresses this posted on the boards, I think under Labeling. It's a lot to read, but it gives you more information on how companies are handling their cross-contamination labeling and how accurate it is at communicating the risks.
There are careful PA people who contact a manufacturer and then eat that company's foods that have a facility warning because they've found out it really is just elsewhere in the facility.
It is possible to eat things with peanut warnings and not have a problem for years because you were lucky enough not to get the peanut traces that are only in there once in a while. But it can actually be in there occasionally, and then you're in trouble.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 6:43am
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Welcome! I hope you find everything you're looking for here. We don't eat made in a facility or may contains either. It complicated things a little back in the beginning, but it's just part of our life now.
Our house is peanut-free, with the exception of a couple "made in facility" treats my DH eats after my DS has gone to bed, which are stored in a high cabinet in double-sealed plastic containers. I also think it simplifies the rules for grandparents, neighbors, schools, friends and even myself: peanut-free facility or it's a no-go food.
I would hate for anyone else to interpret a company's labeling for my DS---peanut-free is pretty clear. Also, our pediatric allergist directly told us to stay away from all "may contain" and "made in a facility" products--it is not a small risk.
Good luck.
Jen

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 10:59am
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I avoid anything that has peanut on the label. The 'may contains' or 'manufactured in a facility, etc.' is too vague for me. I can't risk having a reaction at home (by myself) or on the road (by myself). Not worth the risk in my book.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 12:23pm
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Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 12:36pm
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we avoid both - joey

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:42pm
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When we first found out about DD's peanut allergy we didn't avoid foods with warnings, just foods that listed peanut as an ingredient.
Most of the time, she tolerated foods with warnings. Then she ate some Planter's cashews (she is not allergic to cashews). Planter's cashews contain peanut oil (which we were told was ok) and have the warning "may contain peanuts". She ate 3 or 4 cashews and had hives for 3 days. She has also had reactions from restaurant food which was supposedly safe. We concluded that "may contain" items and peanut oil are not safe for her. As far as I'm concerned, "made in a facility" means the same thing as "may contain" because there are no standard definitions for these warnings. They are completely voluntary and NOT required by the new labeling law.
We avoid all food with either warning, restaurant food, bakery/deli food, bulk foods and also some foods that are processed on equipment with peanuts but which do not have a warning. We also have a peanut-free, nut-free and egg-free house. I can only tell you what our experience has been, your situation may certainly be different, but for us, experience has led us to be stricter than we were in the beginning.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
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Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 1:35am
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Corvalis mom gave me the link to a study about may contains that was done a few years ago. I'm looking for it.
All I know is that I look at may contains and processed in a facility as a risk, a crapshoot. I do not give my son either because I don't feel that any food is worth the consequences of becoming seriously ill or dying.
So, I personally avoid both and have educated my child in this mindset. Just my comfort zone.
I also have a peanut free/nut free home. I just won't take a chance that my DS could accidently be exposed in his own home and I feel that it is a matter of respect of his feelings and comfort that I would never allow any foods with nuts here.

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 1:42am
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DS does not eat anything that says "may contains" "made on shared equipment" or "made in the same facility." There's no legal definition of "made in the same facility." Like a pp said, it might mean made on the same equipment. If I knew that manufacturer labels for made on the same equipment but this product says made in the same facility, then I'd probably let my child eat it. HTH

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 1:44am
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we avoid both. the risk is to high.
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