McDonalds

Posted on: Sun, 04/25/1999 - 2:37am
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Hi,
Just a mention, I visited your site today because my son is allergic to Peanut oil. I noticed some posts talked
about fast foods. Incase you didn't already know, at the bottom of the McFlurry cups it reads, may contain
peanuts. I am assuming due to the M&M's. Always a challenge to know what is in the foods we eat, thanks for a
informative web site.
Sheree : )

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Posted on: Sun, 04/25/1999 - 3:00am
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A lot of people use the major fast food companies. I have not been in contact with anyone, and I have not heard that anyone has actually checked with the companies to see if they are actively watching and dealing with peanut allergy. Yes, I have inquired many times at these local restaurants and have heard from many who have also done the same.
Sometimes the local chain seems to be assuring and sometimes you can tell you are not being understood like you should be.
If anyone has contacted the corporate end of these companies please let us know what you found out. When enough of us contact these companies it sometimes alerts them to start dealing with the allergy. If someone can find the persons to contact at these companies please post the information so that we can start to work to make sure they are safe for us. If the contact is different for different countries please post which country the contact information is for.
Stay Safe,
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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/1999 - 12:17am
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Hi, just a note about McDonald's Canada: I have spoken to corporate customer service and they have a policy of avoiding peanut and tree nut ingredients for all their foods. They provide each restaurant with a pamphlet that lists ingredients for all products. The pamphlet is updated regularly. I check each new listing for the foods Troy eats and have not had any problems. The only concern that I have is with the few restaurants that do keep peanut butter packages for use on breakfast English Muffins. If there is a play room then cross contamination is an issue and Troy does not play there. Regarding the M&Ms noted in the other posting: In Canada Smarties are substituted and they are safe.
For contact information, please see my post under Wendy's.
[This message has been edited by Kathryn (edited April 26, 1999).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/1999 - 7:43am
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McDonalds has a listing of their ingredients on their corporate web site (see link below). McDonalds has a mix of corporate and franchise stores so the menu may vary slightly. McDonalds also pilots new menu items in some regional markets.
Several McFlurry toppings contain peanut. Also, having worked at McDonalds during college, I would suggest avoiding the sundaes due to cross contamination. During busy times, peanuts often spill in or near the other toppings.
The "McDonald's Ingredient Lists" can be downloaded and opened as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. If you do not already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0, you will need to dowload and install it first to view the file.
[url="http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html"]www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html[/url]
[url="http://www.McDonalds.com/food/ingredients/index.html"]www.McDonalds.com/food/ingredients/index.html[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 05/02/1999 - 3:32pm
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Hi: In BC, Canada they don't use peanuts in any McFlurry toppings, and the peanuts for sundaes are handed to the customer in little individual sealed bags to prevent "accidents" in the kitchen.
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Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2000 - 3:41am
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I just wanted to post the following regarding Canadian McFlurry's. Its on the this site [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy."]www.cadvision.com/allergy.[/url] "McFlurry products in Canada are no longer considered
"nut-safe" as an icecream alternative, as the boxes containing the ingredients mixed with the frozen yogurt state that they are packed in a facility that processes nuts." This was updated May 2000.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 1:51am
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We have decided that McDonald's is just not safe. I have seen peanuts spilled all over the place in many different restaurants. In one case, the open peanut bin was located adjacent to the ice bin and drink station. That lemonade could have easily had a peanut in it!
Additionally, I've seen employees eating McFlurry's then handling food. I've seen butterfinger bits spilled all over a counter near the hot food line then witnessed an entire block of American cheese sitting on the counter on top of the butterfinger, thereby contaminating who knows how many burgers!
Until McDonald's eliminates peanuts, it's an unsafe environment for us.
One interesting note, I have found 2 smaller McDonald's that don't sell desserts, which means, NO NUTS! Two were located in malls and the other at Denver Int'l Airport.
We just need to band together and keeping hitting these businesses where it matters=money!

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2000 - 2:34pm
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I visited the [url="http://www.mcdonalds.com"]www.mcdonalds.com[/url] web site and sent them the following email for anyone who is interested:
"Again, I must write about the very serious risk of death to my 5 year-old daughter that is hidden in every restaurant. I am referring to the unchecked cross-contamination issue of peanuts and the life-threatening danger they pose to those allergic to them. We do not eat "Happy" meals anymore as they could result in a very "unhappy" situation. I have witnessed the contamination of an entire block of cheese singles in the hot food line of one restaurant. In store # 11322 here in Slidell, their peanut bin is wide open and I've taken pictures of peanuts scattered all across the drink line and counters. The deadly peanut could very easily fall into the ice bin, get scoop up and hide in my daughter's lemonade! I've seen butterfingers and MM's smashed and all over the floors, counters, play areas. Because you cannot control the sanitation of every restaurant and cannot control the wide spread, careless handling of loose peanuts I implore you to eliminate them from your menu. How many people will really care if there are no peanuts for their sundae?! I know the 3 million Americans who are peanut allergic will care and be very appreciative! Not to mention my 5 year-old daughter, Christina, who just wants a safe "happy" meal and to live like a normal kid. Please forward my request to the CEO and ask him to consider the removal of loose peanuts from all McDonalds. Thank you..."

Posted on: Fri, 08/11/2000 - 1:21am
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So Glad that I found this site! My son is 18 yrs old, a kidney transplant, and has multiple complications. After five "toxic shock episodes" that just about killed him, I was finally able to trace this back to peanuts. Tests confirmed this so now he carries an epipen & benadyl at all times.
I recently had a chat with the manager of our local McDonalds, inquiring as to the ingredients in their oil...only to be told it was 100% vegatabel oil. Believing him, my son ate McD fries...only to have a severe reaction. A call to the corporate office and I was told that each McDonalds is owned individually and that by US law, they only had to post/tell you if more than 25 % peanuts were in the oil or any food. Needless to say, we will NEVER eat at their chain again. Infact, I doubt that there is any place that I can trust to tell us the truth!
I notice that Canada is more advanced that the US on the posting of ingredients, etc....who knows who to contact to get the US to do the same???
Penny

Posted on: Tue, 08/15/2000 - 1:06pm
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Momma Kitty, good letter, and you should also remind them that in Canada they only have peanuts in little sealed bags for customers who want it on their sundae (which customers put on themselves), so it wouldnt be such a stretch for them to not have nuts behind the counter in open containers!

Posted on: Mon, 03/04/2002 - 3:56pm
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Looking for help! My daughter (two years old) is allergic to Peanuts, Eggs, and now food dye's. Every time she gets grease from the French Fries (McDonalds or Burger King) on her face she erupts in HUGE raised welts. When she would eat the happy meal she would only eat a quarter of eat and then be doubled over in pain complaining she ate too much. The first time I thought that their must have been remnants of a PB&J sandwich from a kid earlier in the day. Of course, we immediately gave her Benedryl and watch her like a hawk for the next few hours. We tried wiping down the table and chairs with wipes, we tried the drive thru. It became obvious it was the grease from the French fries! The last reaction she had was at Burger King. I had packed sandwich's for our outing. My daughter and husband wanted soda's, so we stopped at a Burger King. My husband held her in his arms the entire time. She reached out and touched a pole by the cash register (obviously coated with grease) she touched her face and had almost a hand print welt! I have spoken to McDonalds and Burger King at list a dozen times trying to find out what it could be. We are all stumped. Anyone experience such a reaction? Or have a clue? We are scheduled for our yearly check and will hope that the allergist will have some idea. His office didn't have any idea over the phone, but we are only allowed to talk to the nurse. Our daughter is crushed that she can't play at McDonalds or get a Happy Meal. Being a kid and McDonalds in almost synonymous and they just love those cute little toys they get with their meals. What to do?

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