Natural flavoring??

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/2004 - 4:39am
Petey's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Hello!
I have a newly diagnosed PA daughter, so all this is new to me. I am so overwhelmed by all the concerns I need to watch out for. I have been doing tons of research (this discussion board has really enlightened me - so thanks!)
My question is I have been reading that "natural flavoring" , "flavors" or "artifical flavors" could actually mean several things, but one of them being peanut proteins...SO does everyone call on EVERY food that says this on a label?? Some boxes also have a warning that says contains wheat egg or soy etc..(which she is only PA that we know of) does this mean along with this other warning that the natural flavoring does not have peanuts or do I still need to call the manufacturer? she has eaten several foods that say natural flavoring and has had no reaction, so I don't know if it is safe enough to just "assume" since no prior reaction that it is still safe now knowing she has a PA.
any advice on this would be appreciated!
THanks!

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/2004 - 5:04am
ElleMo's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/19/2003 - 09:00

Hi:
This is what I do:
If there is a warning about a product containing any of the other major allergens, than I *usually* assume that peanuts are not a problem. (e.g. "Contains Wheat" or "May contain traces of soy")
If I just see 'natural flavoring' with no warnings at all than I call the manufacturer.
But, there are several food types -- ice cream, candy, cakes/cookies/donuts/other baked goods that are often processed on the same machinery as peanut products with which I am a little more cautious. If I see a label that reads "*may* contain traces of " or "*processed on equipment* that also processes " than I feel it is safe.
However, if I read only "*contains* " than I do not assume that the product is safe as it may have been processed on the same machinery as something with peanuts; I will contact the manufacturer.
Eventually as you do more research, you will start to know what companies you are comfortable with; (for example, Hershey labels very well so if I read a package and see no mention of peanuts than I know it is safe and don't need to call.)
I have also been told to always double check labels as ingredients may change.
I hope my explanation hasn't confused you too much. I am sure there will be others on the board who will have additional advice.
Elle
------------------
Ellen
Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA
[This message has been edited by ElleMo (edited March 15, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 1:07am
BigDaddy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/20/2003 - 09:00

I am sorry to hear about the newly discovered allergy that your daughter has. But, soon you will get the hang of it and start thinking about everything they eat and come up with a very large list of safe restraunts and safe things to buy at the grocery store so your house is peanut free. And BTW, reading this site is very helpful but it can also really freak you out! I recommend visiting often but always be prepared to read something that might create some anxiety. Good Luck.

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 3:55am
pgrubbs's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

I have control issues, but I call on every "natural flavors" item. I am amazed that people don't seem to know what is the food products they produce!
Paula

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 11:29pm
Petey's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for your responses. I have some more questions though.
i have followed your advice (Ellemo) on when to call. I have probably called 10 companies now and they all act like I am crazy for even calling. They have ALL told me that if one of the 8 major food allergens were included in the "flavorings" that by law they have to put it on the label and same as if tree nuts or peanut products are made in that plant. It is my understanding that law is still waiting to be passed?
I have tried sticking with name brand companies when I buy foods now (lipton, Kraft, nabisco) so I don't know if it is that these companies are just already following these rules or if the people on the phone are just clueless?
Any advice???

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 12:48am
renny's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Some people are clueless. Sometimes the answer depends on who you talk to. I ask the company exactly what their labeling policy is. From my experience, just because they inform you if the natural flavorings are a major allergen , that DOESN'T mean they label if they are processed in the plant or on shared equipment with nuts. When I call the company,if I don't get a concrete answer that I am comfortable with, I will call back again to try and get someone different or ask for a higher up. Some companies will even mail you their policy. There's only a few companies I use regularly and always check the labels even on foods I buy regularly because sometimes it might come off of a different line or plant. I don't even bother to buy items that are generic or not nationally recognized
because the few I have checked don't comform.
I don't believe this new FDA labeling policy is in effect yet. There are more knowledgeable posters here that hopefully can clue us in on exactly what the new law will require and when that may happen.
It is extremely confusing sometimes. We have to trust our child's life on the what seems to me common sense of food manufacturers. There is a ton of info on peanut free products listed on this site that I never knew about. I haven't been on this sight that long but there's a wealth of information here.

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by Naf Tue, 08/04/2020 - 1:23pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by merryjuicy Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:40am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by merryjuicy Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:40am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by merryjuicy Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:39am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by merryjuicy Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:39am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by doggydude Sun, 07/19/2020 - 4:36am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Tinsley Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:12am
Comments: 5

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

Whether you have a child with a peanut allergy or you are sensitive to packing a nut-free lunch out of concern for other people’s children, it is...

For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat 'safe' foods can be a...

Those with severe peanut allergies soon learn to look for the 'peanut-free sign' on any packaged food purchase. This is a notation found on a wide...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...

It Is Easy To Buy Peanut Free Chocolate Online

Ask any parent of a child with a potentially life-...

How Do You Determine If A Food Is Safe For A Peanut Allergic Person?

The answer varies. “Peanut-free” means different things to different...

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a New Drug Application for an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) designed for use with...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

Soymilk is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. As well as being rich in fiber, soy is a great source of protein and contains all...

My mom was at a lakeside restaurant enjoying fish and chips when her mouth began tingling. The next day at a family gathering, we had grilled...

Peanuts and peanut oil are cheap and easy additives to food and other commercial goods. It is surprising (and alarming if you have a...