M&M Mars Co.

Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2000 - 11:45pm
Caring Mom's picture
Joined: 10/12/2000 - 09:00

M&M Mars Company's main headquarters is located in Hackettstown,NJ-I did research for Cindy regarding M&M's yesterday because, they have a "made in a facility with peanuts/nuts".

The gentleman I spoke with explained this label to me. The M&M's are all run on seperate lines(1 for plain, 1 for peanuts & 1 for rice krispies)-The problem comes when they are packaged. The lines are cleaned thourghly in between packaging but, they are afraid the dust of the peanuts/nuts may get into the packages.(They did explain the chances of the dust getting into the package is very small).

The only two candies they make that are peanut/nut free are Starburst & Skittles.

All their candies are made through out the USA with the exception of the Snickers bar which is produced in Canada.

If anyone needs more info. they are on the web as [url="http://www.M&M"]www.M&M[/url] Mars Co.com.

So as far as I am concerned my son will never be able to eat these products.

Good Luck


Posted on: Wed, 12/20/2000 - 12:29am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you for posting this information. Starburst and Skittles are my son's two favorite candies.
We have always stayed away from the *Plain* M&M's. We were told by Hospital staff that a little girl suffered anaphylaxis from them a week before my son's first reaction to peanut butter 5 1/2 years ago.
Thanks again!
Stay Safe.

Posted on: Wed, 12/20/2000 - 1:58am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Caring Mom, thanks so much for posting this great information! As I think I mentioned, I had simply assumed that plain M & M's were "off limits" for Jesse and I didn't know what their packages read or who even made them.
There are some candy manufacturers where the peanut products are just right in your face and you simply know that you won't be dealing with that manufacturer - another one would be Reese's - if they ever did make a product without peanuts, I would never know it because I simply consider them "off limits".
Thanks so much for doing the research in the first place and then for coming in and posting it. Hopefully it will help some other people out too. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 2:28am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yesterday my son received Skittles in his Valentine bag from preschool. There was an 800 number on the package so I called. (I couldn't recall if I had read about them on the boards or not, and I figured it wouldn't hurt for yet another person to contact them.) Anyway, I spoke with Rochelle - and shame on me... the first person I thought of was Rochelle from Oprah's show!!!! She said that Skittles and Starburst candies are run on dedicated lines. I thought that was great, but decided to take it a step further - I asked if any peanut/nut products were made in the same facility with the Skittles and/or Starbursts. She said "Skittles and Starbursts are made in a separate facility" from peanut/nut products. Yeah!!

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 3:05am
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Joined: 03/02/2000 - 09:00

Lam -
That's interesting, because I called about Skittles/Starburst three days ago and they told me that yes, they are made on dedicated lines, but not in peanut-free or nut-free facility. She said that the lines are well-separated from peanut/nut-containing lines and that "there is no chance for cross contamination", but nonetheless they are made in the same facility. Who to believe?

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 5:24am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Good question!!!!!!
I guess I'll call again tomorrow!!

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 1:24pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

Lam, thanks for raising this thread again. I really think it's important that some manufacturers, in particular, that we already have threads going about have them raised from time-to-time to make everyone aware.
And, I still maintain, that if 10 of us called the same company with the same question on the same day, we would receive 10 different answers. Anyone interested in doing something like this?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 2:21am
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Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

Yesterday my child was given a plastic red Valentine container with plain M&M's. The bus driver is very sweet and told my daughter not to open the bag until I could O.K. it.
First, the label is a shrink wrap that shrunk so small I needed a magnifiying glass to read it properly. Second it had a label that it was "manufactured in a facility that has peanut products". This labels seems to be a change from what I remember on other Plain M&M's wrappers. I remember seeing the "may contain label" in the past.
Anyway I was so upset that I called the company at 1-800-627-7852. I got the canned speech at every turn.
I e-mailed the company the following note (went to the site and and clicked on "contact"):
Subj: Plain M&M's in the red plastic valentine heart - Bar code 404680
Our daughter is deathly allergic to all forms of peanut products.
We need to know why you changed your label for the plain M&M's candies to "Manufactured in a facility with peanut products".
It is very dangerous and hard to understand when you label the product with "Manufactured in a facility with peanut products". The other M&M's label is more informative, "May contain peanut products."
Does this now mean that these M&M's are not made or packaged on the same equipment as the peanut M&M's? That is what your new label meant to the teachers and bus drivers at my daughter's school. Shame on you if the plain and peanut M&M's are still run on the same line. Your change of labeling can mean the difference between life and death for many peanut Allergic children.
Please respond and let me know if your new label means a change in the production of plain M&M's.
Also let me know how the plain M&M's are safer now, as your label indicates by stating "Manufactured in a facility with peanut products" instead of stating "May contain peanut products."
Are the plain M&M's now manufactured on a dedicated peanut free line or do they still share equipment with a peanut product?
We are trying to keep her safe and alive, a life can depend on your labels.
Keep in mind that peanuts are not nuts -- we are asking about peanut products.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 3:44am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Lam and Jackie:
When I called about Skittles and Starburst candies last year, I was told they were made on dedicated lines but in the same plant where Mars chocolate bars are also manufactured. I wonder if they have changed their manufacturing procedures recently. Please let us know what you find out and I intend to give them a call again too.

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 5:40am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My kids received the same plastic heart of Skittles from their Grandma this morning. I checked the label before I gave it to them, and it was fine. After reading your post, I checked it again - still, no warning on ours. Guess I'll call yet again.
Thanks for the heads up.

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 5:55am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I just called (1-800-551-9982) and spoke with Robin.
It was almost humorous. She spoke to me like I had never read a label before. Ha! She was very polite, just condescending, almost. I just rolled my eyes.
Now... she told me that Skittles and Starburst are isolated, NOT made in a plant with peanut/nut products, NOT on shared lines with peanut products. She said that if there were any chance of cc from this kind of thing, it would be labeled as such. She gave Milky Way and Three Musketeers as an example: no peanuts, but "manufactured in" so they carry a warning.
I told her about your label, Sue, and she said there's no way that could be. "That would just be too confusing for the customer."
What do you make of this?


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