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Posted on: Sun, 01/15/2006 - 12:51pm
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We're in the US. We've avoided McDonalds for years now. The ones we've seen here do not have anything in individual pkgs and they are not careful in the least about cross contamination. I have seen the butterfinger blizzard topping all over the counter amd watched a girl sweep it off with her hands and proceed to get someone's fries without being careful to not touch the fries. I asked them once (a manager, no less) if they learned about allergies and cross contamination when they were training or at any other time and they looked at me like I had 2 heads. I called the owner of the local store to ask about allergen handling and he didn't understand what I was talking about. He said just to avoid the items with nuts. I said it isn't that easy-if someone touches the nuts or if a trace amt gets in my dd's food she could have a reaction and he was truly incredulous that someone could have an allergic reaction that easily and suggested we avoid all public places.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 1:34am
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One reason I don't trust McDonalds at night is because a bunch of 14 yr old kids are working-NOT saying they're not responsible, but I don't think they could care less if someone has an allergy to the stuff they handle. But our McDonalds has the peanuts in the small pouch, too.

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:26pm
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Ditto everything gw_mom3 said. I have watched them touch every item with the same hand. I have watched them use the same tongs for items with milk and items without milk after assuring me there would be no milk cross contamination (dd is milk allergic and pa). They are absolutely clueless about cross contamination. And ditto gw_mom3`s comments about the manager. When I said dd is allergic to milk and do they use the same spatula to flip the hamburgers and cheeseburgers, he said yes but the spatula is not used for milk. He never seemed to get a grip on the fact that if you are allergic to milk you cannot eat cheese.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:20pm
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McDonald's recently has been a lot better, imo. In the past you had to be very specific about no nuts in the ice cream, they would just slap them on there regardless. I've never had a problem there.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/03/2006 - 8:34am
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Quote:Originally posted by Issy:
[b]Well.. it happened!!! I had a reaction to McDonalds!!! Here is what I ate: Spicey Chicken Sandwich, Fish Fillet, Fries, Apple Pie, I either had a bite of these.. or they were in my bag that day. Now I'm extra sensitive.. I literally react walking in a tight candy isle.. so judge this for yourself.. but be careful![/b]
So which ones did you eat? I am a little confused. Does the apple pie have a warning on it? I never gave that to my son.

Posted on: Fri, 02/03/2006 - 11:30pm
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To be honest.. I can't remember who ate what.. but to my recolection.. nothing at McDonalds has nuts in it.. they are all pre packaged. The only loose thing is say the McFlurry toppings.. butterfinger etc.. Like I said.. I am ultra sensitive so it could have been something as little as someone made a butterfinger mcflurry and touched my food! I have never reacted to any item there.. including the pie. I truely believe this was cross contamination.

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 4:55am
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Quote:Originally posted by Issy:
[b]To be honest.. I can't remember who ate what.. but to my recolection.. nothing at McDonalds has nuts in it.. they are all pre packaged. The only loose thing is say the McFlurry toppings.. butterfinger etc.. Like I said.. I am ultra sensitive so it could have been something as little as someone made a butterfinger mcflurry and touched my food! I have never reacted to any item there.. including the pie. I truely believe this was cross contamination. [/b]
I hate to say this, because it's just one more thing to worry about...but not all fast food places make their employees wear disposable gloves. Most do, but sometimes you can look back in the area they are making the food and you can see someone making a sandwich without gloves on. I've worked in a Burger King in high school...even though it was policy...not everyone did and not everyone was caught not wearing gloves. (I rarely eat fast food now b/c of seeing what goes on...)
Anyhoot - it's possible that someone was eating something PB for a snack or lunch on break, then didn't wash their hands...
Are you able to go back to that particular McD's and report your reaction to the manager?
Also of note...was it late night you were there? Sometimes the staff at fast food places gets real lax when the manager isn't on premises and there is only a supervisor (who may also be a high school kid!) I freaked out one night at the place I worked b/c some of them were deep-frying Snickers bars!!!!!!!!!!
anyhoot --- I know, one more thing to worry about for those who rely on McD's or Wendy's, but there are strange things that can happen with cross-contamination from the staff, that has nothing to do with the food at the establishment.
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Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 6:15am
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We do NOT go the McDonalds in the USA because of the Mcflurry toppings.
One day when I was in I watched them dump the topping from a large box into the smaller plastic tub (that is used in the front of the store) They were pouring/dumping this on the main counter/work area!!!!
Then the larger box sat there as they tossed a bag of fries on the counter & began working with other food prep.
I left & have NOT returned!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 02/05/2006 - 12:18am
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My kids eat at MD probably once every week or two (more than I prefer...) but not one time in the many years has my PA son had a reaction there. He used to get the chicken nuggets but now he gets cheeseburgers and fries. He has also safely eaten the ice cream (no toppings) on many occasions. He is Rast >100.

Posted on: Sun, 02/05/2006 - 12:43am
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This is why I said judge it for yourself.. I'm just throwing out there what I've discovered. The fact is, McDonalds does have nuts and things with nuts in them.. so it is possible. I personally will probably give McDonalds another try, since my reaction was minor.. and like many other restraunts.. (Applebee's - IHOP) I know there are nuts in the building.. I typically go to.. unless I have a reaction. Maybe a lil dangerous gamble yes.. but I'm a stubborn adult..lol Places such as IHOP.. I do tend to avoid more, since they have loose nuts. A lot of places like Applebee's or Chili's have deserts with nuts in them.. that come pre made. When I go to a restaurant, I ask these questions...
Does the food I want have nuts/oils in it?
Is the dish I'm ordering cooked around or on any surface that does?
Do you have loose nuts in the building? In what? ... and so on.. Now if this were my child..lol I wouldn't even begin to be quite as risky. Since my reactions themselves are getting worse each time though.. I am trying to be a lil more careful. Remember this though.. I've eaten little debbie products before.. and not reacted!.. But this doesn't mean I wont. This just means that it's possible I could react from cross contamination, and I happen to get a safe treat that time.. same with McDonalds. You may or may not ever react.. but the potential is there!

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