McDonalds - Peanut Allergy Information


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I recently found out that my son has a peanut allergy. I have been told that he should not have McDonalds french fries because they are cooked in oil with sunflower oil in it. Is it safe to eat these fries and is sunflower oil okay for him? Another question, Is coconut oil safe?

On May 22, 2005

Many PA parents seem to rely on McD's. My PA son has never had a problem there, and we eat there every Wednesday (he gets out of tap class 30 minutes before we have to be at church for handbells and then choir, so it's an unfortunate necessity). His standard meal is chicken nuggets, apple dippers (usually w/o the caramel sauce, but I let him try it once after reading the ingredients), and white milk--and the baked apple pie. There is no variation, unless it's the chocolate milk, which he does fine with since it's made from cocoa, not chocolate.

You may want to do a search on McDonald's in the restaurant board. There have been many threads that mentioned it. We have a participant whose husband is a manager of a McD's, and she's been able to provide some helpful responses.

That said, you should do some research and see if it falls within your comfort zone.

On May 22, 2005

The thread right below this called "Eating out with dairy/pa and tna" has quite a bit of info about McDonald`s. As I posted in that thread, I observed such gross cross contamination that I will never go back. My dd is also milk allergic----can`t say what I would do if she were only pa. The McDonalds we went to did not have anything with peanuts. I chose that one on purpose. They are not at all cross contamination aware as far as milk allergy, using the same hand to touch the cheese as touching everything else. I doubt they would be any better as far as cross contamination and pa, unless you could find one that did not have anything with peanuts.

On May 22, 2005

Double post

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On May 23, 2005

There was an article in our paper recently, that McDonald's will be trying out a new oil in their restaurants. It did not mention what kind of oil or which restaurants. Has anyone else read this?

On May 23, 2005

Not only did I hear about that, but our local newspaper says that McD's will not say what what the oil is or wheich restaurants it is being used at. The reasoning seems to be to see whether customers who don't know can tell the difference. BUt I don't think it is legal to withhold that info when directly asked about allergens.

On May 23, 2005

It makes me nervous because peanut oil is supposedly low in cholesterol and it tooted as a "diet" oil. I don't think it's fair not to warn us!

On May 23, 2005

Due to the prevelance of peanut allergies among children (and the fact that the #1 customer at McDonalds is kids) I really doubt that McDonalds would even consider using peanut oil.

In Canada, they make sure all of the McFlurry ingredients are peanut-free, so I can't even imagine them considering peanut oil (I bet they would use canola oil as it is a healthy oil high in monosaturates, and low in cost)

On May 23, 2005

Yes, I agree with you, Erik. Also, I question whether McDonald's could actually use a different oil without informing consumers. Aren't they required to provide an accurate ingredient list?

We're quite comfortable letting our PA son eat at McDonald's. I really can't stand their food, but he likes it, and we can always count on it in airports and in unfamiliar cities. When the rest of us want to have Asian food, our son is always happy to have McDonald's. I wish there were a healthier alternative, though. I know he's eating it too often.

On Jun 10, 2005

My son eats Mc Donald's without a problem. I was annoyed recently because he wanted an apple pie. He had never eaten one there. i asked to read the label on the box. There wasn't one, only a warning about the contents being HOT. So, I asked for the pamphlet with all the nutritional information. There was not a single pamphlet written in English. There were about 30 in the rack and boxes and boxes in the back all in Spanish. I was not in an area that I would expect this. The workers were predomintly Hispanic, but it was not a Hispanic neighborhood. I was thououghly annoyed. I found a pamphlet at another restaurant and there is no nut or peanut ingredient or may contains. Also, I would never allow my son to eat something fried in peanut oil because just the word peanut gives me the creeps. Before we knew about the allergy, he used to eat the oriental rice crackers and dried veges at this market we go to that are fried in peanut oil all the time. So, i am not sure if only some people react to peanut oil or if the process really does destroy the allergic protein. As for McDonald's i am hoping they will get it together and realize that they need to be more responsible regarding their labeling and choices of foods, oils etc.

On Jun 26, 2005

My small 2 cents understanding is that peanut oil is relatively expensive. We live in an area where deep frying Thanksgiving turkeys is common, and the oil of choice is peanut oil. However, I hear alot of moaning and groaning about what it costs to fill up the fryer. Maybe McD's would get it cheaper though? Who knows. Personally I'd be surprised at peanut oil at McD's. My vote is some other mystery oil.

------------------ Lori Jo,

Rose, 7-31-02, PA Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

On Jul 10, 2005

I didn't see a link about eating out with PA, etc., any help? I would be interested in reviewing this. Just found out 3 wks ago my 2 1/2 year old daughter has PA and egg allergies. I am scared to eat out. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

------------------ Kym Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies