M&M Mars Co.

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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

Ronna

On Dec 20, 2000

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!

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On Dec 20, 2000

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]

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On Feb 15, 2001

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!!

On Feb 15, 2001

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?

Jackie

On Feb 15, 2001

Jackie: Good question!!!!!!

I guess I'll call again tomorrow!!

On Feb 15, 2001

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]

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On Feb 14, 2002

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.

Sue

On Feb 14, 2002

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.

On Feb 14, 2002

Sue,

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.

Tammy

On Feb 14, 2002

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?

On Feb 14, 2002

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry everyone! I just carefully re-read Sue's post. Her child received M&M's... NOT SKITTLES.

It's been one of those days. Ignore me, please. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Tammy

On Feb 14, 2002

I should have mentioned that I am from Canada therefore the information I was given about Skittles and Starburst is Canadian specific. Interestingly, I called today and was told that Skittles and Starburst were made in a peanut/nut free facility whereas last year they told me Mars bars were also manufactured there. She even double checked and said that if they were made in the same facility as peanuts or nuts, they would have a "May Contain" warning label which they do not. Sorry for the confusion!

On Feb 14, 2002

I also called a few months ago and was told that Skittles and Starburst are made in a nut-free facility too.

I also asked if M&M/Mars made any chocolate bars that were safe. The representative mentioned only 2 of their bars are safe:

Dove (caramel) Bounty (coconut)

Mars, Milky Way, Twix, and 3 Musketeers are not safe as they are manufactured in facilities that process peanuts (ie: Snickers, Twix peanut butter, etc).

Malteesers always ued to have the peanut warning on them too so I have never eaten them, but recently I noticed the warning was missing from some packages.. maybe I'll phone to find out if they are now safe.

On Feb 14, 2002

Tammy,

I loved your post - made me smile. These companies have us coming and going with these crazy labels or lack there of. They deserve to be confussed a little. I'm glad you called! Even if you thought it was about skittles at least it makes them think about the peanut allergy!

Thanks for the smile

Sue in Sunny Arizona

On Feb 16, 2002

The following is the response (see my post above) I got from MMMars about the M&M's valentine heart label:

-------------------------------------- Date: 2/15/2002 8:10:08 PM US Mountain From: [email]mm_mars@mmmars.com[/email]

In response to your email regarding M&M'S MILK CHOCOLATE CANDIES

Nothing has changed in the production or packaging of our M&M'S MILK CHOCOLATE CANDIES. Only the statement has changed, and we apologize if it has caused confusion. We will share your comments with our Quality Assurance Team.

Sincerely, M&M/MARS Consumer Affairs

Direct all replies to: [email]consumer.affairs@mmmars.com[/email] -----------------------------------

Now I want to know why they changed the label! Could it be to sell more candy with the new label!! ? How sad.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

On Feb 16, 2002

Sadly, I believe Sue may be right. Over the years, M&M labels have gone from listing peanuts as an ingredient, to having the may contain warning, and now just the manufactured in warning. I for one believe their manufacturing processes have stayed the same throughout these label changes and that plain M&M's do contain peanuts and it should be listed that way on the label.

Rebekah

P.S. I've had reactions to plain M&M's and even the smell bothers me a little.

On Feb 18, 2002

I know I am in the minority on this, but I let my highly-allergic-to-peanuts child eat M&M's on a moderately frequent basis (maybe once a month? It isn't my *favorite* snack & we do it only when both parents are home & we are not pressed for time, just on the off chance that there is some medical emergency) & we have never had a reaction of any sort. She has reacted to trace exposures in other circumstances (always from human error locally, not a manufacturing problem), so I know she does react to small amounts of peanut protein. So I feel very confident that there is *not* peanuts in plain M&M's (even though we have all heard the stories about how [at one time] there used to be peanuts in either the chocolate or the shell mixtures) at the present time. And when I have spoken to M&M Mars (about once a year to see if any information has changed), I get a very consistent reply that seems to indicate a pretty high awareness of allergy issues & pretty responsible approach to the manufacturing process.

Anyway, just my 2 cents on the matter.

Anne

On Feb 18, 2002

It would be nice if we could have more information about what M&M/Mars means when they say "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts".

I add Mars bars for many many years. Then this warning appeared.... I never had a reaction in over 25 years, so does this warning mean anything.. is there really a risk of nut contamination of Mars bars, Three Muskateers, etc?

It is hard to know the risk wothout more details from M&M/Mars.

On Sep 23, 2003

The M&M baking chips do not have a "made in facility" warning about peanuts. Has anyone checked into this? I did a search, but haven't found anything about these.

On Sep 23, 2003

I never even thought to check them, just assuming they were as all M&Ms are=unsafe. Have you called? Wouldn't that be exciting if they were somehow processed elsewhere and were safe!

I do have a cousin with a PA child(in college, now) and she told me he had had M&Ms in his life without trouble. becca

On Sep 23, 2003

Hi Becca...

Yes.. from what I have read, the plain M&Ms do not have any peanut products in them. But the "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts" warning is placed on the packaging as M&M/Mars does not guarantee they are safe.

I would consider them a very low risk, but I never eat them since I do have alternatives (ie: the safe Nestle Smarties) available.

For example, I are Mars bars for my entire life (even after the "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts" appeared on the package) and had zero reactions, although I do not eat them anymore.

On Sep 24, 2003

Tgab, look a little closer at the package before you use those M&M baking minis! I was stocking up on baking needs today and saw some and remembered this thread. I checked and there is a warning that says, "M&Ms candies may contain peanuts." Or nearly that. However, it was not directly under the ingredient list, but a bit off to the right and under in fine print. becca

On Sep 25, 2003

My son has some of those food things that you get in the military, he got them from his Aunt. A lot of the dinners in there have m&m's for a desert and they all say peanuts right in the ingredient list. Tamie

On Sep 4, 2004

Raising to answer my own question about the safety of these candies (Skittles and Starburst). My PA son has eaten them for years with no problem.

On Sep 13, 2004

My son is now 6, and had his first reaction at 4 to peanuts. Anyway, i had always been careful to not give him any nuts due to his history of eczema & asthma. Before we realized he is allergic, i didn't know about label reading etc. and he got on an M&M Plain kick. He was about 2.5 or 3. i would notice that after eating them, his eczema would flare up and he would sometimes have a rash. i thought he was allergic to chocolate! of course now i know that he was probably reacting to residue or traces. so, i wouldn't recommend plain M&M's!!

On Sep 14, 2007

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Originally posted by erik: [b]I also called a few months ago and was told that Skittles and Starburst are made in a nut-free facility too.

I also asked if M&M/Mars made any chocolate bars that were safe. The representative mentioned only 2 of their bars are safe:

Dove (caramel) Bounty (coconut)

Mars, Milky Way, Twix, and 3 Musketeers are not safe as they are manufactured in facilities that process peanuts (ie: Snickers, Twix peanut butter, etc).

Malteesers always ued to have the peanut warning on them too so I have never eaten them, but recently I noticed the warning was missing from some packages.. maybe I'll phone to find out if they are now safe.[/b]

Dove caramel has recently changed.. it was safe, but it now is listed as "may contain peanuts". I can not edit the original post since we no longer have an edit function so I will just write this entry instead.

On Sep 14, 2007

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Originally posted by erik: [b]I also called a few months ago and was told that Skittles and Starburst are made in a nut-free facility too.

I also asked if M&M/Mars made any chocolate bars that were safe. The representative mentioned only 2 of their bars are safe:

Dove (caramel) Bounty (coconut)

Mars, Milky Way, Twix, and 3 Musketeers are not safe as they are manufactured in facilities that process peanuts (ie: Snickers, Twix peanut butter, etc).

Malteesers always ued to have the peanut warning on them too so I have never eaten them, but recently I noticed the warning was missing from some packages.. maybe I'll phone to find out if they are now safe.[/b]

Actually, in addition to Dove caramel now being UNSAFE, I noticed another error.. Mars bars are now safe in Canada. Always read labels to be SAFE.

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