M&M\'s and Hershey Bars

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Thought I would post since the only safe candy in my son's Halloween Jacko-lantern are loli-pops, Tootsie Rolls, plain Hershey Bars, and plain M&M's. My son has a severe peanut allergy that was diagnosed at 11 months after a major reaction. Now 5, he has been eating plain Hershey Bars and plain M&M's for treats for the last 4 years. I believe their disclaimer of traces of nuts/peanuts is purely for legal purposes. My Uncle has visited the M&M Mars plant in Chicago and said you could eat of the floor the factory was so clean. I haven't ventured to other Mars products with similar disclaimers but I don't need to. I don't know much about the Hershey plant but I'm sure they have a similar reputation. If ingested by accident, don't break out the epi-pen just yet. I've found these companies to be very trustworthy.

On Nov 1, 2004

Yes, I have heard that many people do eat plain M&Ms with no problems so you are not the only one. I think they are in fact made on a dedicated line, but since the peanut ones are made in the same facility, they put the warning on "just in case". Similar to the Breyers vanilla ice cream warning (and I do eat Breyers vanilla ice cream on occasion).

I am glad there were safe Hershey bars too! Hersheys seems to be quite a popular choice for many of those with PA. I have eaten the following Hershey products on many occasions with no problems:

Hersheys kisses (including the new caramel variety) Hersheys Krackel Hersheys Creamy Caramel Hersheys Cookies and Creme

(note- the Krackel mini bars are 'may contain peanuts')

It is good that Hershey is available in the USA as its one of the few safe chocolate choices.

On Nov 1, 2004

I was at an allergy conference and I met a man there who is a quality control person at one of the major candy (chocolate) manufacturers. His son is PA and he allows his son to eat the candy there even though it is labelled "may contain." He told me he knows from first hand observation that the candy is completely safe.

I wouldn't do the same, because there's no way for me to know if any of their procedures change inside the factory, since I don't work there. But I recognize that many of the warnings are not really necessary.

On Nov 2, 2004

However, there are people, some on this board, who have reacted to plain M&M's. It's a crapshoot.

Amy

On Nov 2, 2004

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Originally posted by erik: [b] Similar to the Breyers vanilla ice cream warning (and I do eat Breyers vanilla ice cream on occasion).[/b]

Is that just in Canada? I have a pkg. of Breyers vanilla here in the U.S. with NO warning. In fact, it is the ONLY ice cream I allow A.J. to eat.

On Nov 3, 2004

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Originally posted by AJSMAMA: [b] Is that just in Canada? I have a pkg. of Breyers vanilla here in the U.S. with NO warning. In fact, it is the ONLY ice cream I allow A.J. to eat.[/b]

In Canada, Breyers ice cream all says 'may contain peanuts'. However, after getting more info, I do eat the vanilla ice cream as they are allergy aware and take precautions.

On Nov 10, 2004

Hi-I'm new to all this and very scared. I was told by wegmans stores not to trust any icecream claims of being safe. are you sure about bryers vanilla?

Thanks!

On Nov 10, 2004

In the US, the only 100% safe ice cream that I know of is PhillySwirl (they are not sold everywhere, and they make sandwiches, pops and ices.) It's made in a nut free facility. Most ice cream is made on shared equipment. But a lot of people trust Breyers due to their standards for cleaning - basically, they run vanilla first thing in the day on the clean equipment, then progress to fruit flavors, other flavors, finally anything with nuts or mix ins. Then they do a double allergen wash. So a lot of people feel comfortable with their vanilla because they know it was run first on the "clean" equipment. I buy Breyers vanilla and strawberry for my PA/TNA son and we haven't had any problems with it.

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