McDonald\'s and Burger King

Posted on: Mon, 04/12/2004 - 2:52am
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Just noticed a sign for Fruit and Nut salad at our McDonalds. I think it's pecans? Don't know if they prep them there? Also noticed Shrimp as a salad topping at Burger King. My son is peanut/tree nut/shellfish/egg allergic. I have not contaced either company, but will not eat in either fast food place until I look into these.

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 8:27am
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You should contact both and express your opinion. I have called McD's so many times and each time they log my "thoughts and concerns" and when they go to make new products they DO look at problems and concerns that people have called in about. Your voice matters!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 11:04am
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American, Canadian or somewhere else?
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Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2004 - 12:05pm
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U.S. I saw at the McDonald's here a new salad with walnuts..

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/2004 - 7:43am
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We have been avoiding fish and shellfish until the kids are 3 years old, hoping to prevent these food allergies. The last time we got kids meals from Burger King there was a piece of fried fish in with chicken nuggets. I did some research on the internet and saw that their french fries are supposed to be made in dedicated fryers, but no mention of chicken nuggets.

Posted on: Mon, 05/10/2004 - 6:37am
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The Fruit and Nut salad has individually packaged walnuts. No risk of cross-contamination in preparation. I ate at a number of restaurants in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota in the past few weeks and have had NO problems.
I think we all need to take a little breath here...I travel a lot for business and I regard McDonald's as my safe place to eat in my travels. I am severely allergic to Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Seafood and Melons. I have had to cope with this for 30 years, during a period when schools weren't aware of the risks.
Individually packaged peanuts, walnuts, standardized ingredients, a controlled national distribution system with closed-purchasing franchises...I can't think of anything else McD's could do without causing massive inconveniences for those around us. We shouldn't be creating enemies, we should be educating but unfortuanetly what is going to eventually happen is that we are going to become so aggressive that all restaurants are going to pull a Dairy Queen and put a sign on the door that basically says we are not welcome.

Posted on: Sun, 05/30/2004 - 5:33pm
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I don't know about the salad toppings, but all 3 of our local mcdonald's do not use individual packets for mcflurry toppings and they get that stuff ALL OVER the counter. When I asked about individual packets, they looked at me as if I had 2 heads. They also know nothing about food allergies.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 12:39am
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gw_mom3, I know that someone posted here a couple of years ago, Canadian specific, that the nuts you get (and I do think they are peanuts) for sundaes are pre-packaged.
We've been eating in McDonald's now for three years almost (no McDonald's in our last town) and honestly, I haven't seen any peanuts/tree nuts around at all.
I do know that they have some new salads out here as well and I'm not sure if any of them have any nuts.
My experience with McDonald's here has been so much different than Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen was simply frightening to walk into. Peanuts everywhere. But no, I haven't seen any here.
We went a week ago Friday and I did order sundaes for the kids for dessert and I wasn't even asked if I wanted a nut topping for them. Perhaps it's something to have to ask for extra and again, I honestly haven't seen it being done here.
I do agree with whoever posted above, that we don't want to see places basically tell us that we're not welcome due to food allergies. Although the Dairy Queens I've been in don't specifically say that. It's just a comfort zone thing for me. I do know that the Dairy Queen here (last visited two summers ago), does have a sign up about if you have food allergies, which would be the same as a Tim Horton's here as well, to advise the staff. It was really just how extremely uncomfortable my DH, myself, and particularly my PA son were the last time we went with all the peanuts around that we decided for us Dairy Queen was not okay.
Interestingly enough, in the previous town we lived in, we did go to Dairy Queen and it was not as peanut filled. Not that they didn't have the same products, but perhaps people just ordered differently.
I also know that I've picked up the McDonald's food information brochure and they are pretty allergy aware.
I would find it very disconcerting though if someone looked at me as though I had two heads. I find McDonald's ordering to be frenzied at best and if I have a question to ask, I certainly don't want to be looked at like an alien. Perhaps it does depend on the franchise?
Because I don't care for Burger King food, we've never gone to Burger King.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 12:49am
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Gale,
Agreed, some McDonald's staff seem to be more on "the ball" than others. My family has it's favorite locations to frequent, even when travelling. We have our select favorites on many U.S. interstates.
Just last week, we were down near Purdue at a McDonalds and the manager gave me a "McDonald's and You" pamphlet (last updated March 2004) entitled: "A Full Serving of Nutrition Facts". (First time I ever was given one of those. This particular McDonalds served more than the usual items.)
It detailed Ingredient Lists for some of their regular menu items. Again, not sure what cross contamination considerations go into this detailed list (suppliers/preparation/etc.), but I thought he was very informed. Maybe it was just me.

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 12:51am
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LOL. Cindy, I think we are posting about the same type of brochure. Just saw your post. [i]It's that Alternate Universe thing again, isn't it[/i]? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 4:53am
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I remember reading that Canadian Mcd's does use individual packets and I think someone else in the US also said they saw packets at their McD's. We live in a very rural area where some people still seem to be living in the dark ages (my dh for example-lol) and I guess they don't take well to new ideas. *rolling eyes*
Most fast food places here can't even understand why I ask for nutrition info brochures (which they usually don't have available for one reason or another).
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