Minute Maid OJ

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 9:32am
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I read a blurb in one of my magazines about how good-for-you the Heartwise OJ is because it has plant sterols. When I went to the store to buy it, I got concerned about the statement on the Heartwise OJ: "Plant sterols are derived from highly refined vegetable oils such as soy or peanut." When I contacted Minute Maid about this and about their production (to see if it affects their other OJ and lemonaide products), the reply I received kinda made me go, "HMMM. Maybe Tropicana." Here's the reply I received:

"Plant sterols used in Minute Maid Premium Heart Wise Orange Juice are derived from highly refined vegetable oils including soybean, rapeseed/canola, sunflower, cottonseed, corn and peanut. However, these highly refined soybean and peanut oils, which are two sources of plant sterols, are not considered allergenic foods. Highly refined oils do not contain protein residues at levels that are hazardous to allergic consumers.

We hope this information assures your confidence in our brands. Should you have further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us again in the future. Best wishes!"

We haven't had any problems with Minute Maid OJ, but we never used the Heartwise one -- always the w/Calcium or the Kids OJ. I was wondering what others thought. Thanks. Julie B.

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 10:09am
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We do drink Minute Maid OJ (low pulp). But I will NOT be trying Heartwise.
Is this stuff all made at the same place though? If it is, I think it's time for me to switch juices (which is really unfortunate because I really do like MM).

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 10:27am
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I noticed this MM juice in the store last week. I didn't buy it--seemed too much hipe for what it was. I didn't read the label closely since I wasn't buying it.
Now, I do have to rethink MM--it's my preferred brand although I generally buy what's on sale the week I need oj. Guess I'll have to add MM to my list of phone calls re cross-contamination.
No matter what is said about peanut oil, I won't knowingly give it to my son. As Dr. Wood (Johns Hopkins Hospital) told me, "With the level of your son's allergy, don't even consider peanut oil--no matter which way it has been refined."

Posted on: Wed, 03/24/2004 - 2:15am
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I asked Minute Maid twice to please let me know if their Minute Maid Heartwise OJ was run on the same line as their other orange juices, lemonaides, punches, etc. The first time, they ignored the question. The second time, I got a "standard" answer with a lot of yada-yada-yada that still did not directly answer the question. Maybe someone else will have better luck finding out. Anyhow, the fact that they are possibly using highly refined peanut oil in one of their OJ products makes me want to check out Tropicana. What a bummer 'cus I really like Minute Maid products. Julie B.

Posted on: Wed, 03/24/2004 - 3:21am
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'Looks like we will also end up a Tropicana family. Minute Maid has always been my favorite oj, but this concerns me. I will have to call or write too and find out if it is on the same lines. How long before Tropicana is manufacturing that same stuff?

Posted on: Wed, 03/24/2004 - 7:40am
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Quote:Originally posted by julieb:
[B] . . . I got concerned about the statement on the Heartwise OJ: "Plant sterols are derived from highly refined vegetable oils such as soy or peanut." When I contacted Minute Maid about this and about their production (to see if it affects their other OJ and lemonaide products), . . . Here's the reply I received:
"Plant sterols used in Minute Maid Premium Heart Wise Orange Juice are derived from highly refined vegetable oils including soybean, rapeseed/canola, sunflower, cottonseed, corn and peanut. However, these highly refined soybean and peanut oils, which are two sources of plant sterols, are not considered allergenic foods. Highly refined oils do not contain protein residues at levels that are hazardous to allergic consumers.
We hope this information assures your confidence in our brands."
[B]
My Q#1 for Minute Maid: And just exactly then WHAT is the possible level of peanut protein in your OJ?!! If it's not even *remotely* at a level hazardous to allergic consumers, then WHY did you include the label statement? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
The only CONFIDENCE I now have in Minute Maid brands is that we will NOT buy them nor use any of them in our home.
Our PA son had a serious systemic reaction at age 13 months to a skin test in allergist office -- AND the peanut allergen serum used was DILUTED 100:1. We're not about to risk Minute Maid products with possible peanut content at any level.
Disgustedly, but with gratefulness that this was brought to our attention --
EB
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited March 25, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/30/2004 - 7:24am
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I started a thread on Tropicana a few months ago.
They recommended only use Pure Premium OJ and never use any juice combinations such as Orange/Strawberry because they can not guarantee the Strawberry source since it comes from a vendor and they vendor will not disclose the ingredients. I was not happy about this but still use their premium juice.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 12:38am
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I'm shocked at this - absolutely shocked!!!! Who would have thought oj would have peanuts in it. I'm never buying Minute Maid again!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 1:21am
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Im feeling icky reading this thread.. I probably should not have started...
I buy OJ for the girls all the time.. Usually tropicana and Dole (Pineapple) for Sara... Caitlins never drank much of it, except for the Stop and Shop apple juice... Never really gave her OJ. Ive been giving her SOME pineapple/oj mix (tropicana), since I bought a lot on sale last week or so...
Anyhow... Do I need to go home and READ labels on OJ? Great... I got like 5 different varieties, probably, all no pulp, but some healthwise stuff, some extra calcium, some pineapple/OJ mix, etc..
I dont buy Minute Maid, but was planning to, since it was on sale this week... I guess I wont even bother buying it...
Jason

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 2:07am
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Based on what I read so far, I'm not concerned and I would let my son have the product. The juice doesn't contain peanut oil. The plant sterols are extracted from the oil during the refining process.
I wouldn't give my son peanut oil because I don't want to have to try to figure out whether it's refined or not, and how refined. But sterols can only be extracted during refining, so there's no question that it's coming from a highly refined (non-allergenic) oil.
One of the interesting things I read during my research is that the best source for these beneficial sterols are legumes and seeds. My son doesn't eat legumes (allergy to peanuts and refuses to eat other legumes) or seeds (can't eat them because of sesame seed allergy). So his diet is probably lacking in plant sterols. This product might actually be good for him.
That's if I could ever get him to drink O.J.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 2:42am
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I'm not going to lose sleep about this either. Probably because I would never buy it anyway for my kids (or me and DH). We use the calcuim fortified and the Vit E fortified types due to milk and other allergies. I really doubt there is much chance of x contam with peanut protein.

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