Nerds Valentine candy sent us to ER

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 2:52am
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Wanted to get this warning out. My dd has class 4 life threatening PA. She ate some of the special Valentine's Nerds. She staggered out of the room saying she didn't feel good. She said it hurt to talk. Her speech sounded funny. I knew she must be reacting to the candy. It was a little while after she ate it and it was the only thing out of the ordinary that day. She is O.K. now. I just wanted to alert all of you in hopes this doesn't happen to anyone else. I thought and was told by the Nestle co. that this was supposed to be a safe nut free candy. I am calling the company and alerting the FAAN today. Thanks Melody

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 3:00am
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McMelon, I'm so sorry to hear that this happened. Can you tell me if this information is American or Canadian specific?
I was told by someone, I'm not clear who, a Customer Service Rep though when I called a manufacturer that Willy Wonka Nerds were safe in the U.S. I remember posting about it here because I posted the information I had gotten
from the CSR about whatever product it was that I had actually called about. I'm fairly clear that it was NOT a candy product I called about, but we ended up talking about Smarties, how we have the Smarties thread running here, etc. and she mentioned Willy Wonka Nerds.
Are you contacting Nestle (I assume they're the manufacturer) again? Was there any candy left in the package? Is it possible to get it tested? I know that here, in Canada, food has been sent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before to be tested if it was supposed to be safe and turned out it wasn't.
How is your daughter doing? I hope everyone is okay.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 4:05am
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Hi,
Sorry to hear about the reaction. I was told by Nestle over a year ago that there are no nuts used in the Willy Wonka factory that makes Nerds, so they are safe for nut allergic individuals.
These were special Valentines Nerds? I know that sometimes seasonal products that may be safe at other times of the year are not safe at holidays due to different manufacturing conditions but this should be indictade on the label.
Maybe someone who is in the USA can call Nestle to verify the manufacturing conditions of Nerds. I have eaten them many times and had no problems (but these were not Valentines Nerds)

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 4:30am
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Hi,
I just called Nestle Canada at 1-800-387-4636 and asked about the NERDS. She said the Nerds that are sold in Canada are made in the United States in a peanut-free facility. So they are safe.
She did warn me to be careful, as if I was in a specialty store it could be possible that the Nerds were imported from some other country (ie: Europe, Asia, etc) they may not be safe.
But the boxes of NERDS with "Nestle Canada" on them are made in a peanut-free facility in the USA.
Could the reaction have been caused by something else that was eaten that day? Sometimes reactions can occur hours after the food has been ingested or it could have been a contact reaction from something that had been touched in a public place?
Best wishes.. hope she feels better soon [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 5:55am
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They were the American Nerds. I do have some left. I will let you know what I find out. Thanks for your reply ~ Melody

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 6:49am
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I spoke with Nestle today. They assured me that the candy was made in the main factory for Nerds candy and that it is nut free. I reported it to FAAN and she also gave me the number for the FDA to report it there. I have some of the candy left and may have it tested at some point. Nestle asked if the reaction could have been from some of the dyes. As far as we know she is not allergic to any but this could be a possiblity. I just don't want anyone else to get hurt. It is so scary watching your child go through this. Thanks again for your replies. Melody

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 7:01am
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Yes.. it could have been a food dye... I know that Cindy from Belleville has a student at her son's school who has an allergy to food colouring. There are always many possible explanations which makes it frustrating to try to solve these reactions.
I think it would be a good idea to send the Nerds for testing to determine if anything can be found, which will allow you to narrow down the cause of the reaction.

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 8:15am
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McMelon - How's your daughter doing? Poor thing, I hope she's doing much better. What a scare for you all.
I use to belong to a food dye discussion board, and these allergies are as real as they come (not only affecting behaviour, but internal systems much like pa does).
Warm regards,

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 10:01am
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Melody, I'm so sorry to hear of your daughter's reaction. It must be so scary to not know for sure what caused it. This is a parent's worst nightmare (and not too great for the kids, either). I wish you and your daughter all the best. Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 02/11/2003 - 12:04am
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I just spoke with a rep at nestle regarding these wonka nerds, which I just purchased for my sons pre k class for Valentines day. We had eaten these many times before and not had a problem. they assured me that no peanut or tree nut contamination was possible with these candies. I am sorry to hear of your recent emergency, I have to consider maybe another treat for the kids, because you just never know.

Posted on: Tue, 02/11/2003 - 12:24am
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My son is allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts and has eaten the Valentine Nerds as well as the Valentine Nerds rope candy in the past couple of weeks with no problems at all. I also called before allowing him to eat these items and was assured that they were safe. I'm sorry your child had a reaction, but I am really thinking it was probably from some other allergen.
Jaime

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